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Facebook’s `Sympathise` button for sad status updates coming soon!

By Ritu Singh | Last Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 21:13

Zee Media Bureau/Ritu Singh

New Delhi: Well, most often you come across sad/gloomy status updates by your friends on Facebook. What do you do then? You want to show that person that you care about his/her situation and in order to prove that, you accidentally hit the ‘like’ option to register your concern. But that certainly does not go down well with the person concerned and they might question your insensitivity. Not any more! Facebook is set to relieve you of this dilemma now and also a good news for those who complain that their sad updates are also liked.

This new development is not yet official but a few Facebook employees have devised a replacement for the `Like` button more suitable for status updates of the unhappy feelings.

This initiative was revealed at Facebook`s annual Compassion Research Day when the social network devotes a whole day to sharing various ways it is trying to "build empathy and foster trust" with users. Engineer Dan Muriello said one of his colleagues had designed the `sympathise` button during a recent hackathon (events where the company`s engineers get together and brainstorm new ideas)

Here`s how it could work: if a Facebook user were to tag his or her status with a negative emotion (from the social networking site`s lists of feelings), the `sympathise` button would automatically replace the `like` button.

According to the engineers , there are no plans to launch it at the moment, so facebook users will have to patiently wait and watch!

First Published: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 21:06

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