11 responses

  1. Adeline
    July 20, 2012

    An excellent point you raised here, Falkner. One of the reasons perhaps why visitors would rather click the “Like” button as opposed to “Recommend” or “Share”, and why blogs would rather post a “Like” button is because it has more weight on their social influence. Take for instance Klout. When it checks the social media influence of a blogger or a company, it tallies only the Likes received on posts and articles, as well as the number of comments and wall posts posted. People may be more encouraged to click on either the “Recommend” or “Share” buttons if social media influence checkers like Klout would take these into consideration when it comes to their social media influence ranking.

  2. Kim Falkner
    July 21, 2012

    Hi Adeline,

    Thank you for your input but why do the Facebook plugin not simply offer the option of picking between a like and a share button for each post? I am pretty sure the like button discourages a lot of people in those cases i mention and therefore does nothing for the social influence factor.

  3. georgi
    July 22, 2012

    totally agree here. those facebook like buttons ought to look a lot different

  4. Jake
    July 22, 2012

    I agree, people need to know what they are “liking”. I don’t exactly enjoy logging into facebook and finding that a friend of mine who is known to be clean sharing and liking a picture of a rotting corpse in the middle of the woods. Still can’t get that awful image out of my head.

  5. Aaron
    July 29, 2012

    I have noticed that people are so hot to get their Klout scores up that they ask people to like anything on their sites even if the content is not appropriate. That is fine to work on increasing your score. I am doing the same. However, make sure you are asking people to like something worth liking, and not something graphic or inappropriate.

  6. Briana
    August 8, 2012

    I have to say I find it extremely amusing how someone on my list detests the Olympics and then the next thing you know, she “liked” something endorsing it. She must be doing it to up her Klout score, why else?

  7. Kim Falkner
    August 9, 2012

    There is something a bit desperate about Klout. Just checking the SPAMfighter score on Klout and got a message “Rolling in +K” and apparently we are influental on “Tibet” and “Boats”. Not sure what is going on!

  8. Troy
    August 9, 2012

    I hear you. I too think people like things on FB to up their scores on Klout. I think Klout is over rated personally. Who really cares if you have a high Klout score?

  9. Jim
    August 20, 2012

    Klout is way over reated IMO. The good news is, it is rare to now see anyone “liking” such gruesome pics such as the type that Jake was talking about, or adult pics, etc. Maybe people are starting to pay more attention to what they are “liking” perhaps?

  10. April
    August 25, 2012

    I have seen this kind of thing too and if it has to do with impressing others with having a high Klout score it makes sense. I am always careful with what I like on FB.

  11. James F. Pasquini
    September 16, 2013

    Don’t people realize that in most cases, when they “Like” an article they, are giving their personal info – or at least some of their info – to the sender of the article? I don’t use FB but my wife does, so I’m not completely sure of exactly what info is “shared” when one clicks the “Like” button.

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