Rumor: Read, Listen, Want, Watch Buttons Coming to Facebook


We may still be smarting from Facebook’s most recent round of layout “improvements” — anyone else feeling kind of queasy about the new activity ticker on the right-hand side of screen that tells you (sigh) what each and every one of your friends is “liking” and commenting on in real time? — but before we have a chance to absorb all of that change comes the news that the company may have even more new features waiting in the wings. TechCrunch reports that Facebook is poised to announce “something big” at this week’s f8 developer conference, and that insiders are whispering that it will be the introduction of three new buttons — “Read,” “Listened, “Watched” — and an eventual fourth, “Want.” The future of the “Like” button, meanwhile, isn’t clear. So, readers, do you think these buttons would enhance your Facebook experience? Or is this simply more noise in an already cluttered social media universe — or, worse, merely a ploy to satisfy the commercial brands that would surely benefit from the knowledge that users “Want” their merchandise? And, while we’re talking about new Facebook buttons, how come we still don’t have the one we really need, “Dislike”? [via GalleyCat]