The Twitter Like Button – Too Easy?
Many people think Twitter is hard. They don’t get it unless they tweet all the time. But having a like button on Twitter made it easier. Consequently, people felt like they were on the familiar Facebook platform.
Surely, they could easily like a tweet. Some didn’t have to reply or respond to anyone. Others didn’t have to engage on Twitter. Most could just read and like some of the tweets that they really liked.
As can be seen, the Twitter like button is made of a heart on Twitter. It symbolizes love, but active users know it’s a like button. They can easily give approval to a tweet with the push of one button.
It reminds me of the Easy Button from Staples years ago 🙂
Surely, they could easily like a tweet. Some didn’t have to reply or respond to anyone. Others didn’t have to engage on Twitter. #TwitterTips #InspireToThrive Click To Tweet
How We Use the Twitter Like Button
Often, we use the like button there to approve of someone re-tweeting us. It saves us time from having to thank them.
Oftentimes, users use the like button to approve of their friends’ tweets. Sometimes, it is to like a special quote that goes by on their Twitter stream. And that Twitter stream moves fast!
The like button used to be a favorite button that was a star-shaped button under tweets. Hence, Twitter changed it back in 2016 to the like button with a heart as it is still today. ♥
Engagement Gets Lost With The Twitter Like Button
But using the like button makes it less engaging. It is similar to the like button on Facebook.
And that’s where the like button went astray.
Founder Jack Dorsey understands the value of engagement on Twitter. It’s what keeps us all coming back day after day, hour after hour. on Twitter
I used to love the quick conversations we had there on that network. Today I’m finding fewer conversations and seeing people arguing and insulting one another sadly 🙁
Of course, if I stay in my favorite Twitter Lists I can engage more with like-minded people.
But Do Likes on Twitter Count for Something?
Today, the more likes you get on Twitter the more your tweet is shown in the algorithm. Each tweet has a counter as well under it with the number of likes it has received. If that like button goes away, do the counts we had also go away?
Therefore, does that change how our tweets show up in the algorithm too?
There are many unanswered questions about the Twitter-like button than there are answers right now. It will be interesting to see if they go ahead with this possible change.
In the past, Twitter has made changes and then reverted when they got bombarded with a backlash from their users. Social Media Today reported recently that since Twitter increased its character count a while back users were upset.
Since then, Twitter users have calmed down. As a result, many Twitter users did NOT increase their character count. Abbreviations have been less used on Twitter though with this character count switch.
What was also interesting from the research on Twitter character count is that people got friendlier. They are saying thank you and please more often on Twitter.
I wonder how that trend is today in 2021 over on Twitter 3 years later?
The Like Button Disappears on Other Social Media Networks
Recently Instagram did away with the like count. You could no longer see the like count for your Instagram posts. But, you may be able to read who liked it but not see a tally. And those that follow you could not see your Instagram-like tally.
According to Social Media Today, Instagram may soon give users a choice to show the like counts or not.
Now, YouTube is doing away with the dislike button as they say it’s testing the new design in response to feedback that dislike counts can affect the well-being of content creators.
What do you think of getting rid of the like button or counts on social media? I like the idea as it won’t put pressure on young people or spammers for more like counts!But YouTube says it’s testing the new design in response to feedback that dislike counts can affect the well-being of content creators. #socialmedia Click To Tweet
Twitter is For Conversations
Twitter was really made for conversations when it first came out back in 2006. Back then, Twitter was meant for short messaging. It was like texting is today.
That is how Jack started Twitter back in the day. Before all the marketers and politicians came on board to tweet. I bet they never imagined where it would all go today with 25 offices around the world.
In fact, the thing I find so different about Twitter is that you can meet people there. It’s like being at a networking event. With Facebook, you know them first.
For this reason, Twitter is where you get to meet other people. No obligations – no formalities. You can just tweet to them. They may or may not respond. It’s up to them.
But once you begin to have a conversation you can decide whether to continue or not, day after day or sometimes months later. It’s not always a numbers game with followers on Twitter – it’s more about the conversations.
It’s not like Facebook whereas if you don’t engage with someone you won’t see their posts.
With Twitter, if they are on lists you can easily find their posts or if not, they can still be in your stream. Unless of course, you mute them. Have you ever been muted on Twitter?
New Twitter Spaces for Audio Conversations
Recently Twitter launched spaces for audio. They are competing with the popular ClubHouse audio social network. Both features are for IOS users only. I’m an Android girl so I haven’t had access. I can see some Twitter spaces on the Twitter network. I’d love an invite to join one!
For now, all Twitter Spaces are public and anyone can join any Space as a Listener. If you create a Space or are a Speaker in a Space, your followers will see it at the top of their timeline, in their Fleets. (Twitter allows up to 11 people in a conversation in their new spaces feature.)
A Twitter fleet is just like a “story” feature on most other social network platforms. Twitter spaces can only be seen and heard when live. (Though Twitter keeps them for 30 days to check for violations.)For now, all Twitter Spaces are public and anyone can join any Space as a Listener. #TwitterSpaces Click To Tweet
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Would Re-Tweets Count More Without the Twitter Like Button?
Therefore, the only thing left would be counting re-tweets for those concerned about keeping score on Twitter. Other than that, without the verified approval process available there would be no way to know someone’s Twitter value. It would only be based on retweets and the number of followers someone has.
Finally, maybe the best thing for Twitter would be to have nothing count. No follower count, no retweet count. Just pure conversations of people going back and forth discussing issues of the day.
In other words, imagine a place where you just meet and chat with others online?
What Others Had To Say About The Twitter Like Button
Maybe when the like button goes away we can all just comment “like” instead ?
Honestly though for people like me who don’t have that many followers the #likebutton is sometimes the only way I know I’m not just tweeting into the void.
— Kelley Schorn (@alwayskelley) October 30, 2018
If Twitter removed the ‘like’ button, people might actually have to talk to each other! ???#likebutton
— Danielle Meredith (@daniellemered_) October 30, 2018
I love this initiative from @Twitter. That will force all of us to improve the quality of post, prevents laziness of liking content just to support. Instead, create content and thoughts that force engagement. https://t.co/9HTlbKiTlE #socialmedia #likebutton
— Blas Giffuni (@BGiffuni) October 29, 2018
If @Twitter takes away our #likebutton , we’ll adapt.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️=BEST THING EVER!
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??????????=Leave Twitter, please!
— Adriana (@avalbarr) October 31, 2018
Maybe emojis will take over for the like button? Emotions are shown via emojis count more on Facebook for their algorithm. Maybe Twitter is trying to become more like Facebook?
Likewise, how about having a Twitter follow me button under your tweet?
Over To You
Do you want to see the Twitter Like Button stay or go? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below! And how you feel about the like button on all social media networks today.
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