Facebook: To like or not to like?

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about Facebook’s “Like” button and how it seems to have so quickly become a big part part of my online life. With every photo, link, or news story there’s this innocent looking white hand and blue sleeve calling out for interaction.

The thumb seems to be here to stay too. Within a week of Facebook announcing the “Like” button’s availability, 50,000 websites added the functionality to their sites. Many however aren’t fans and have criticized Facebook’s reach and management of our collective privacy.

So is the ‘Like” button harmless? Is Facebook too powerful?

While I personally have mixed feelings about riding the thumb wave, I thought I’d try to consider things further by re-imagining the omnipresent white hand through a photograph. With some theatrical paint and a piece of rolled up blue paper for a sleeve, I shot this on Friday. I figured it might have some stock use too.

The question is still open though. What do you think? Do you like or not like?

Comments

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  1. robert,

    perhaps what’s interesting about the proliferation of “facebook like button” is not just the languages that it is paired with (http://gizmodo.com/5831253/what-the-facebook-like-button-looks-like-around-the-world) but also proliferation of the meaning of the thumbs up symbol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumbs_signal#The_gesture_internationally) which has meant many different things in different places around the world?

  2. I was thinking about doing something human to the “like” logo, you be the first. Great idea.
    If you follow the link below, I did a serie with the facebook avatar last year.
    KR. TWO.

    http://www.behance.net/gallery/Human-Facebook-Default-Avatar/614675

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