WordPress are continually faffing about with their layout, adding new little features such as a list of your top commenters and offering applause vibes (“this is your 906th Post. Super!”) whenever you publish anything. (“Super!” is just one word they use – others include “Tight!”, “Cowabunga!”, “Fab!” “Cool!”, “Far Out!” “Wow!” “Impressive!“ and “F**k Me!”, though I may have made the last one up).
It’s less than a year since they added the “Like” button. By clicking this button readers can show their appreciation for the wonderful post they have just read (it’s on the dashboard above, I’m just saying). What used to happen was that when you clicked this button the word “Like” changed to “You Liked This”, presumably in case you weren’t sure whether you had clicked it or not, so that you didn’t keep doing it, thus coming across as less fan and more stalker.
But press the “Like” button now (you don’t have to, I’m going to tell you what happens anyway, but you might like to see for yourself, again I‘m just saying) and the word changes to “Unlike”.
Why would you want to do that? Why would you click “Like” on, say, Tilly’s Joke No 196 and then decide, almost instantly, “actually, I don’t like that joke at all” and go back and Unlike it? And by the way, doesn‘t “unlike“ actually mean something else?
(You won’t believe this – I wrote the paragraph above on the bus, far from the internet and having no idea what joke number Tilly was up to. I’ve just been to her blog and her most recent joke is number 196).
I use the phrase “almost instantly” above because that is surely the only circumstance in which it could happen. Once you’ve left the post you’re hardly going to back to it a couple of days later just to unlike it. Even if she has made some smart-alecky remark on your own blog (perhaps about you referring to her in the third person throughout an entire post), going back and Unliking all of her posts in revenge is the blog equivalent of cutting up a man’s suits, or spraying his car as in the famous picture below.
I wonder have they a list in which you can read which of your posts were “Unliked” and who did so, so that you can go back and do the same to vast swathes of theirs, setting in train a truly vicious circle in which everyone in every group of blogmates unlikes everyone else and our comments get cattier and cattier.
The only possible reason I can see for having the Unlike facility is so you can correct the error where you accidentally click “Like” on one of your own posts. Even in such an unlikely scenario the chances are that no-one will notice and you won’t be branded as a narcissist. I base this belief upon the fact that none of you noticed the time I accidentally did it.
The Unlike option was not available then, but even if it was I’m not sure that I would have used it. There’s just something very sad about unliking one of your own posts.