Katie (mybonnykate) wrote in suggestions,

"Like/Dislike/Agree/Disagree/LOL/Interesting/Thanks" buttons

"Like/Dislike/Agree/Disagree/LOL/Interesting/Thanks" buttons

Short, concise description of the idea
To bring more interaction and community participation to LJ, I would love to see a small line of clickable ajax buttons across the bottom of each post: like, dislike, agree, etc.

Full description of the idea
The targeted social networking site Ravelry has done Facebook one better -- across the bottom of each of its forum posts, there is a small, unobtrusive light-grey line of ajax buttons: Educational | Interesting | Funny | Love (and more). Readers can quickly click before coming back later for a longer-form written comment.

I propose having an opt-in system of placing a similar line of ajax links across the bottom of Livejournal entries, so that readers can participate and respond in an easier, low-commitment way.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Reader response encourages Livejournal participation.
  • Unobtrusive way of breathing more life into the community aspect of LJ.
  • Adds a fun dimension by being able to see how many people have clicked the various buttons after reading a post.
  • Could be completely optional, by user or by post.
  • Brings the "drive-by" convenience aspect of Facebook into our LJ community.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Is the idea of a "like" button trademarked?
  • Does LJ prefer to mandate long-form commenting, rather than quick participation?
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