Folks, its time to slow down and be more aware that you can send the wrong message by "liking" certain things on Facebook.
Last week's Poked column was about the problems that come with the term we over use on Facebook. The "Like" button has infected every crevice of Facebook sharing. In this busy world -- and when we don't know how else to respond -- we simply click "Like" to show something has our attention.
Why are people clicking "like" to stories on the Herald's Facebook page about the horrific catastrophe in Japan? Or liking a story about a child murdered? Because they like the art of journalism? That's just a poor attempt at interaction that makes the users look moronic and insensitive.
And what about "liking" when a friend writes a status message about being sad, or ill? Is that how people try to say "I feel your pain?" And if you just want to see what Charlie Sheen is up to, do you dare risk your professional reputation by clicking that you "like" him, just so you can get updates?
Check out the column and share your two cents. Have you fallen prey to the "like" button syndrome of quickly sharing and showing acknowledgment, rather than taking the time to comment in a sensitive situation?