Facebook is reportedly abandoning the ‘share’ option in favour of ‘like’. Will this influence news sites? What are the implications for ‘liking’ a story? Nieman Journalism Lab has an article on the ‘warring verbs of social media’ and the impact on the future of news
Newsroom culture has long been allergic to explicitly connecting the production of journalism and the expression of a reader’s endorsement. (Just the facts, ma’am!) And “Like” is awkward. When I click a button next to a story, does that mean I like the fact that “Tunisian Prime Minister Resigns,” or that I like thestory “Tunisian Prime Minister Resigns“? But there’s no doubting the appeal of “Like,” which feels like a vote when “Share” mostly feels like work.