I often use the “Likes” more as a bookmark than as an appreciation.
Whit the “Likes” mechanism I tend to write my tweets/toots less in a “open to dialogue” form and more in a “look-who-gets-more-likes game”.
In fact boosting/retweeting something that you appreciate should be enough.
Without the social bias of knowing how many people just boosted/retweeted that content, i feel a little more free and responsible in my boost/retweet choiches.
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I also use it as an acknoweledgement sometimes, but in most cases when it happens (not always), I feel it as a sort of “dialogue defeat”. Something like “Hmm, well, I agree with this, but I have nothing more to say and it isn’t something I think deserve to be spreaded, therefore I simply applaud, like a mute viewer of this show”.
Maybe it’s exxagerated, but also IRL these mechanism gives an end to the dialogue.
@Ca_Gi ~same. I use the favourite button 2 ways, which may not be as intended, but seems commonly understood.
1) When post is @ me, it means, I acknowledge receiving but have no further response. 2) I liked what you posted, separate from whether I choose to boost it.
Since I use it so often for those things, I rarely use it simply as a bookmark because I'd never find it again among the others anyway.
@Ca_Gi Since you have to directly open the toot to see the favorites, that probably helps. Maybe there should even be a separate "salute" button for simple acknowledgements that are private to the author, which could steer use of the favourite button back toward its intended use.
@leadore That could be an idea. The point is that if the public DOESN'T see the "fav counter" the gamification will be less.
@Ca_Gi Yeah, I don't even get that mentality, but I'm new to social media.