While there may not be a dislike button on Facebook, a new application for the social networking website encourages users to not just share the things and places they dislike, but also the people, as a means of bonding with fellow haters.
“Most social networks attempt to connect people based on affinities: you like a certain band or film or sports team, I like them, therefore we should be friends,” Dean Terry, co-creator of the app EnemyGraph, wrote in a blog post. “But people are also connected and motivated by things they dislike. Alliances are created, conversations are generated, friendships are stressed, stretched, and/or enhanced.”
The app’s most popular enemies include Justin Bieber, Internet Explorer, Nickelback, politicians, FarmVille and crocs.
Once someone on your friends list dislikes something that you have listed as one of your likes, you will receive a “dissonance report” to show the difference in your opinions.
“When I saw the first friends list at the beginning of the social media era the first thing I thought was, ‘where’s the enemies list?’ No one ever made one, so we did,” Terri said, referring to EnemyGraph as “a kind of social media blasphemy.”
As of this week, EnemyGraph had more than 10,000 users after a little more than a month since their launch.
While sharing dislikes might seem just as natural as sharing the things you do like, EnemyGraph has the potential to raise and increase the cyberbullying issues already prevalent on Facbeook. Especially in the hands of young teens, EnemyGraph can become a new “mean girls” movement that allows bullies to target their victims in a new and very public way. EnemyGraph will simply provide a new avenue for people to discuss the people they mutually dislike.
Does EnemyGraph have a point in bringing people together through dislikes, or should social media stick to the formula we all know?
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