💬 Likes, likes, and more likes

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I’m not sure I’m going to change my habits back? It feels rude. Isn’t that interesting? I feel an obligation to be more generous, more ‘like’-able. I share an anniversary photo on Facebook, someone takes the time to send us well-wishes, I guess I should like their comment. I share something on Twitter and someone responds. I don’t have a response in return, so I should like their tweet as my response/acknowledgement. Someone shares a wonderful family moment on Instagram, I should be nice and like it, after all, they liked my family photo. And so suddenly my habits above became watered down to things I should do to be polite on social media.

David, your discussion of the act of liking reminds me of a post from Kevin Hodgson. In a lengthy response, I clarified my personal use of ‘likes’ and how it might differ to others.

I also enjoyed Doug Belshaw’s reflection of Twitter about likes versus bookmarks:

2 responses on “💬 Likes, likes, and more likes”

  1. Hi Aaron,

    I read your response, but not Kevin’s original post. I really appreciate your comments and I like how you collect/archive (wrong words but the right word escapes me) your comments on your own site. I loved a tool called CoConment before it closed down because I could collect my comments in one spot.

    For now, I’m focusing on my writing, and listening to audiobooks in my spare time, so I’m not commenting a lot, but I am considering your approach with Read Write Collect.

    You are correct about the low value of a ‘like’, and comments are what made blogging so engaging for me as both a writer and reader.

    I think we are missing a community network that is more like Ning was than Facebook is… which would allow people to port in their online spaces into small communities, based on tags, to help us create connections where we want to comment/share and support each other. In doing so we would be creating c ontent for ourselves and sharing it in one spot, not creating content to add to a specific site that isn’t our own ‘home’. Of course if this got big enough, you can bet that Facebook or Google would buy it… and monetize it.

    Thanks again,


    1. Dave, you might be interested in Micro.Blog. This is the closest thing I can think of to what you are talking about. Interestingly, the focus of ‘likes’ is for the user liking and not for the other user. I think the intent of this is to foster more comments and communication.

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