Maybe it’s just me…but the Facebook thumb tends to piss me off a little. I’m not talking about when it’s used to “like” a status update or post, I’m talking about when it’s used to reply to a personal message.
If I take the time to write a personal message to someone, and that message is a sentence or more long…I find it insulting for that person to reply with a single thumbs up. To me, it says “I’m not going to take the time to respond to you using actual words, but I still want to acknowledge your message since I read it.” It’s even more insulting when that is the first and only response from someone.
Example, someone I knew had a baby a few months ago. We were not friends on Facebook at the time, so when we became friends…I naturally sent them a personal message saying congratulations and what not. My response was the Facebook thumb. That’s it. After 5 years of not connecting, my first “interaction” was a thumb.
And don’t tell me people are busy. We’ve been over this. I’m busy too, but we can make and take the time to respond to people who have taken the time to reach out and talk to us. Facebook makes social interaction easy and almost impersonal as it is…even when you are typing out more than one sentence. Adding the thumb is just…well. Lazy. Yes, I said it.
How do you feel about “the thumb”?