When we agree with something, it’s very natural to say, “oh yeah, I like that!” That phrase seems like something we all own, something that we all have a little stock in (like how all those Green Bay residents get a piece of the Packers, you know what I mean) when it’s said. But somehow, someway, Facebook has managed to take over those three words, and along with them, the thumbs up sign we all know, love, and hand out freely when we agree with something.
It’s nearly impossible to disassociate the “like” button with Facebook these days, and we’re feeling awfully strained just thinking of something similar to the phrase. In our project, we want to create a rating system, something that allows users to agree with statements and throw their support behind a particular answer to a topic. Sure, “agree” seems alright, but what sort of symbol goes with that?
We’ve tossed around a raised hand, a dog catching a frisbee, a smiley face, and the most recent, a flaming number (that indicates it’s a “burning question”). And I can totally get behind the “burning questions” idea, but during our usability testing our participants are seriously confused by the concept.
And I’m seriously steamed with the swashbuckling Mark Zuckerberg; we want our site to reflect community concerns, not look immediately like a Facebook offshoot. So I have to ask, hyper-local community, what other ways can you say “like?”