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Facebook Testing the Want Button

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the do-not-want dept.

Businesses 147

redletterdave writes "Facebook already knows what you 'Like.' Soon, it may ask you what you 'Want'. Tom Waddington, a Web developer for the craft website Cut Out + Keep, discovered that Facebook has included code for a disabled 'Want' button within the Javascript of its list of social plug-ins. The code was released to the Facebook Javascript SDK last Wednesday, but Waddington discovered the disabled button among other embedded tags, including 'degrees,' 'social context' and 'page events.' Waddington says the 'Want' button would work with Open Graph projects that use the tag 'products.'"

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147 comments

More than anything in the world... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521575)

...I want Facebook to die.

Re:More than anything in the world... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521643)

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter

Re:More than anything in the world... (4, Funny)

ae1294 (1547521) | about 2 years ago | (#40522755)

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I would like to subscribe to your facebook.

Re:More than anything in the world... (5, Funny)

biometrizilla (1999728) | about 2 years ago | (#40521647)

I want to see how many "Wants" Kate Upton's page gets.

Re:More than anything in the world... (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | about 2 years ago | (#40522887)

That is about all the value you will get out of this button. I can't think of any marketing professional who would give two shakes about this metric. It is worthless data. I however, have wanted a want button for comedic purposes for some time, and that is what it will be used for. That, and Magic Mike.

Re:More than anything in the world... (5, Insightful)

schnell (163007) | about 2 years ago | (#40523129)

I can't think of any marketing professional who would give two shakes about this metric

Are you kidding? If I make a post about how I just bought a new Samsung Galaxy Class Starship at T-Mobile and my friends click the "want" button, it is absolutely worth gold to T-Mobile to have their ads steered to those FB users.

Or as another application... I already share my Amazon Wishlist with my friends so they can buy me stuff I actually want for my birthday/Christmas ... why not push that directly onto Facebook and allow sellers of those items to advertise for them and/or compete on price via ads?

Re:More than anything in the world... (1)

TheGoodNamesWereGone (1844118) | about 2 years ago | (#40522927)

As the Romans say, "T-R-V-T-H." Million of males will use it to 'want' females, and then Facebook will face accusations of harrassment.

Re:More than anything in the world... (4, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#40521929)

...I want Facebook to die.

Where's that damn like button when you need it?

Re:More than anything in the world... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40522863)

...I want Facebook to die.

Even though I agree... hey, corporations are people too... Doesn't that make your comment an example of hate speech?! If Mitt Romney gets to the oval office, I'd be willing to bet he sign a bill to make it so.

Re:More than anything in the world... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40522057)

Thats sad :(

Re:More than anything in the world... (1)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | about 2 years ago | (#40522275)

It will. It's just another fad after all.

Re:More than anything in the world... (3, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 2 years ago | (#40522779)

unfortunately fads only die when even more terrible fads replace them.

Re:More than anything in the world... (5, Insightful)

rockout (1039072) | about 2 years ago | (#40522929)

None of you really have a problem with Facebook. Your real problem is with the human race, a large percentage of which have signed up for Facebook and whose numbers have grown so large that it's impossible for the rest of us to avoid Facebook, as it has permeated our lives whether we wanted it to or not.

It's like living in Boston and trying to avoid any mention of the Red Sox.

Re:More than anything in the world... (3, Insightful)

sarysa (1089739) | about 2 years ago | (#40523459)

Which is why we so desperately need to fund space research. It's the only way to get away from Facebook.

Re:More than anything in the world... (1)

mug funky (910186) | about 2 years ago | (#40523131)

#firstworldproblems

Re:More than anything in the world... (1)

SacredNaCl (545593) | about 2 years ago | (#40523219)

I want Facebook amps not to be a completely privacy invading tool that puts anything I might send or say privately out into the world at large for sale to even a modest bidder.

On second thought...I think I want Facebook to die too. Their only viable business model is to put our stuff out in the street for profit. I've gotten to where I am hesitant to use it for anything important, and my contacts there are mostly "here is my new phone #, secure IM, and my email -- lets talk there". Facebook's privacy policy, and implementation of it leaves a LOT to be desired especially where apps are concerned.

Re:More than anything in the world... (1)

Jimbob The Mighty (1282418) | about 2 years ago | (#40523525)

I like this.

Innovation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521593)

This is what innovation has come to in the age of the web 2.0

Re:Innovation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521615)

Hey dude... don't diss this thing... This is huge... It's a button! And you can click it!
I think it is great to see these patentable new ideas coming from these fresh new companies over there in the bay... This is the kind of innovation we need to compete with the Chinese

Obligatory (5, Funny)

sam_paris (919837) | about 2 years ago | (#40521617)

Do not want.

Re:Obligatory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521641)

Where is my dislike butan el-oh-el-oh-el-oh-el

Doubleplus unright. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521873)

Like to unlike is as want to unwant. Oldspeak ungood.

Re:Obligatory (1)

FrootLoops (1817694) | about 2 years ago | (#40521959)

Then hopefully Zuckerberg won't Like it.

Re:Obligatory (2)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#40522173)

Then hopefully Zuckerberg won't Like it.

I wonder if there's already a Zuck-it button in the works.

Re:Obligatory (1)

NoEvidenZ (807374) | about 2 years ago | (#40522473)

And by clicking the Zuck-it button you screw your friends out of all their money, right?

Re:Obligatory (1)

Nehmo (757404) | about 2 years ago | (#40523231)

And by clicking the Zuck-it button you screw your friends out of all their money, right?

Is that what he did? I'm not up on the subject, but I really don't want to bother to search about it. Do you have a link?

Re:Obligatory (2)

hawks5999 (588198) | about 2 years ago | (#40522013)

That (do not want) will become the most requested feature after A Dislike button.

Re:Obligatory (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | about 2 years ago | (#40522245)

Nah, it's not like they're not also keenly concerned with "Who are you?" Either way, though, it would be nice if they'd get the hell out of our galaxy.

Re:Obligatory (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | about 2 years ago | (#40522251)

Looks like I ineptly responded in the wrong place. My bad.

Re:Obligatory (3, Funny)

ohnocitizen (1951674) | about 2 years ago | (#40522337)

I already want it. SO BAD. I want the following buttons for status: "Dislike", "Do Not Want", "That's What She Said", "That's What He Said", "That's What the Fuzzy Little Creature From Alpha Centauri Said".... Oh, and also "Winter is Coming".

Re:Obligatory (1)

Pax681 (1002592) | about 2 years ago | (#40522673)

and of course the "and vagina" button.... hmmmm would that button get called a clitorus? :P

Re:Obligatory (2)

mug funky (910186) | about 2 years ago | (#40523147)

there already is a clitoris button. just saying... maybe you should search a bit more for it.

Re:Obligatory (2)

Pax681 (1002592) | about 2 years ago | (#40523379)

and lo.. when Mug Funky looked above there was indeed a great WHOOSHING sound

Re:Obligatory (1)

jo_ham (604554) | about 2 years ago | (#40522131)

I think it's clear now that Facebook are a front for The Shadows in the coming war.

What *do* I want?

Re:Obligatory (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | about 2 years ago | (#40522247)

Nah, it's not like they're not also keenly concerned with "Who are you?" Either way, though, it would be nice if they'd get the hell out of our galaxy.

Re:Obligatory (2)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#40522163)

Do not want.

You need an Ignore button.

Next: "Fucked" button. (5, Funny)

Post-O-Matron (1273882) | about 2 years ago | (#40521625)

So we know who fucked whom.

What else is left?

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521717)

How about 'trolled'?

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (1)

Exrio (2646817) | about 2 years ago | (#40522765)

If you need that button you're doing it wrong.

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (2, Interesting)

V-similitude (2186590) | about 2 years ago | (#40521775)

Want to fuck?

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40523099)

Oh, nothing so crude as that. "Want to bone" and "Want to swallow" are more likely.

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521793)

And not a single "fucked" was given that day.

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521913)

Sounds like a normal Friday night for a Slashdotter.

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (4, Informative)

0100010001010011 (652467) | about 2 years ago | (#40522117)

They used to have it. Under 'Relationships' there was a 'Hooked Up' option with a date. iirc it was one of 4: Single, It's complicated, In relationship with and hooked up.

Back before the apps, before ... well damn near everything.

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40522493)

Back when facebook was cool (I know, it's hard to believe it ever was at this point).

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (2)

jrroche (1937546) | about 2 years ago | (#40522567)

They used to have it. Under 'Relationships' there was a 'Hooked Up' option with a date. iirc it was one of 4: Single, It's complicated, In relationship with and hooked up.

Back before the apps, before ... well damn near everything.

I've been with Facebook since it was only available for individual university campuses and there was never a Hooked Up option for relationship status. There was, however, a way you could specify how you knew someone (i.e. worked with [friend] at [company] in [year], had [class] with [friend] in [year], [friend] is a relative, etc) and "hooked up with [friend] in [year]" was among those options, but it was very buried in a person's friends list and certainly not something that was displayed prominently on their profile. It wouldn't have made sense anyway. A hookup, assuming all goes as it should, is by nature not a relationship status.

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | about 2 years ago | (#40523229)

They also used to have "Looking For" and the options were "Friendship / Dating / A Relationship / Random Play / Networking". You know, back when social networking actually meant networking with new people. Now the culture is "don't add people you don't know".

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40523239)

Don't forget the infamous Whatever I Can Get option!

Re:Next: "Fucked" button. (1)

Torodung (31985) | about 2 years ago | (#40522619)

A "fuck it" button, so we know where to draw a line.

give me a dislike button and I sign up (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521629)

And as far as products are concerned, we have more use for a "do not buy!" button.

How about a "Do not want" button? (0)

simplexion (1142447) | about 2 years ago | (#40521631)

Darth Vader wants a "Do not want" button.

Re:How about a "Do not want" button? (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | about 2 years ago | (#40521663)

NOOOOOoooooooo........!!!!!

And shades of Babylon 5. (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | about 2 years ago | (#40522643)

I've just been running through the Babylon 5 DVDs.

A running theme was that the shadows (and their agents) were always asking "What do you want?", then using your wants to tempt you into their schemes.

Facebook seems to keep aligning with SF cycles' dark sides.

Re:And shades of Babylon 5. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40523081)

"Who are you?" was just as horrible a question, you puppet of energy squids!

Dislike Button (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521651)

That would actually make facebook a useful tool. Of course the advertisers don't want their products to be branded as disliked, so it will never happen.

Re:Dislike Button (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40522069)

How about a greasemonkey script that allows users to see the new "Want" button to be a "Dislike" button? Spread it amongst enough people and I'm sure it could catch on and severely backfire on facebook if people twist this stupid Want into a long-awaited Like/Dislike combination.

Ob. Babylon 5 Reference (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521671)

It already asks "Who are you?"
Now it's going to ask "What do you want?"
All we need now is "Why are you here?" and it'll be proof that Facebook is a plot of the First Ones.

Why yes, I have been rewatching Babylon 5, why do you ask?

Re:Ob. Babylon 5 Reference (5, Funny)

Antipater (2053064) | about 2 years ago | (#40521733)

Yeah, but the next question in that line is "Do you have anything worth living for?" Then Facebook gets sued for causing a thousand suicides.

Re:Ob. Babylon 5 Reference (1)

lightknight (213164) | about 2 years ago | (#40522367)

And if it asks "Where are you going?" then we will that MS was successful with their hostile takeover (a play off of MS's typical logo -> "Where do you want to go today?").

Re:Ob. Babylon 5 Reference (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | about 2 years ago | (#40522465)

(a play off of MS's typical logo -> "Where do you want to go today?").

I thought that was "where do you want to go, toady?"

I want a blowjob (-1, Troll)

alen (225700) | about 2 years ago | (#40521677)

Like this post
Reply

Re:I want a blowjob (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521783)

You say you're giving BLOW JOBS?

I'll take one as long as you swallow.

Seriously, I'm OK with you sucking me dry.

Like a shop-vac.

Like Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin.

Like you and your "youth pastor"...

Lick my balls!

Suck me DRY!

Like a want or want a like (2)

Rejemy (78237) | about 2 years ago | (#40521731)

Can I "like" someone's "want" or "want" someone's "like"?

Re:Like a want or want a like (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | about 2 years ago | (#40523107)

"Can I ... or "want" someone's "like"?

Oh I know this one!

You want to covet thy neighbor's wife!

another, less used button (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521741)

plans for a "care" button were terminated earlier in the development process

Sadly, that knowledge could have helped (2)

Trashcan Romeo (2675341) | about 2 years ago | (#40521743)

"A "Want" button would help Facebook get back into Wall Street's good graces. By opening up an API for a "Want" button, companies will be able to more accurately gauge the interest in a given product, whether it's already released or still upcoming." Too bad Facebook didn't have access to such information before changing everyone's e-mail address.

Re:Sadly, that knowledge could have helped (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40522045)

Maybe it can even turn into public wish list that people see and then buy things for you. It could potentially lead to some awkward gift-giving though...

Deslike button (1)

tmpsantos (1161451) | about 2 years ago | (#40521759)

What I really want is a "Deslike button".

Re:Deslike button (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521835)

a "Deslike button"

You're fond of diethylstilbestrol? You enjoy Discrete Event Simulation? You still encrypt with the Data Encryption Standard? You prefer flying out of Desroches Airport?

Re:Deslike button (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521883)

What's that, you like it but you want it encrypted?

Re:Deslike button (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#40521915)

What I really want is a "Deslike button".

WTF is 'deslike?'

That makes so little sense I can't even think of a way to make fun of it...

Perhaps you meant a dislike button?

Re:Deslike button (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40522097)

Perhaps you meant a dislike button?

Really? Ya'think?!

Re:Deslike button (1)

Wingfat (911988) | about 2 years ago | (#40522063)

AGREED! not having a disapprove or dislike button is annoying. I'd really love to dislike all the pics from someecards.com.. ;-)

What Do I want? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521797)

I want you to stop tracking me with like buttons on third party sites.
I want you to stop building a profile on me without my consent.
I also want a golden toilet seat... I might as well wish for something obtainable.

Re:What Do I want? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40522571)

I want you to stop tracking me with like buttons on third party sites.

Then don't load or run their tracking scripts and buttons.

For some reason people don't seem to understand this simple thing: It's your computer. It does what you tell it to do (*). Tell it not to load anything from Facebook, and it won't.

(*) Unless it runs iOS, but then, you get what you deserve.

Great (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521807)

Soon you will be able to tell Facebook more complicated things like:

me want banana
like banana
want like me
want fuck

and so on. Just by adding a few buttons, the possibilities will be nearly endless.

Re:Great (4, Funny)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 2 years ago | (#40521875)

Soon you will be able to tell Facebook more complicated things like:

me want banana like banana .

Daylight come and me wanna go home?

Re:Great (1)

sco08y (615665) | about 2 years ago | (#40523033)

Soon you will be able to tell Facebook more complicated things like:

me want banana
like banana
want like me
want fuck

and so on. Just by adding a few buttons, the possibilities will be nearly endless.

A banana button? Sounds like Web 4.0 to me!

Only one button left... (1, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#40521823)

Okay, so Like and Want... are we going to get "Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!"?

I want (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | about 2 years ago | (#40521861)

all my contacts' email addresses back !

Give Me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521941)

the HATE button, damn you Facebook!

needs a Shit button instead, really (1)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | about 2 years ago | (#40521943)

you know the old saying, "wish in one hand and shit in the other -- see which one you get first." how useful is this to marketers when everyone "Wants" a lamborghini, a $10,000 designer suit, and other outrageously expensive shit. dumb ass idea. everyone start making your ideals into product pages. then we can "Want" world peace, war with china, no more taxes, death to our least favorite politicians/entertainers/slashdotters, etc. what a stupid, stupid, stupid idea ripe for abuse. just like Like.

Facebook - So Damn Positive (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#40521945)

... It'll give you dia-fucking-betes.

I want... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521947)

Privacy! Posted as AC for obvious reasons.

[dislike] (1)

erica_ann (910043) | about 2 years ago | (#40521963)

I think people [want] a [dislike] button more than they want a [want] button

Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40521979)

Just in time for my "Do Not Care Button".

Dislike button (1)

Iniamyen (2440798) | about 2 years ago | (#40522005)

I am with others here who would instead prefer a "dislike" button. "Dislikes" would preferably cancel out "likes," for the ultimate in meaningless, peanut-buttered, crowdsourced opinion.

Matchbox 20's new album - Beige
(30,000 people like this) - (30,000 people dislike this) = score:0

Facebook has the only button Facebook needs: (5, Funny)

PeanutButterBreath (1224570) | about 2 years ago | (#40522093)

"Log Out"

I'm sure they are looking in to ways to phase it out.

Re:Facebook has the only button Facebook needs: (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | about 2 years ago | (#40522555)

Sorry man. Once you're in, you're in!

Thou shalt not (1)

Dachannien (617929) | about 2 years ago | (#40522165)

I need a Greasemonkey script that changes it to a "covet" button.

Do not want... (2)

nighthawk243 (2557486) | about 2 years ago | (#40522277)

Can we also get a "Do not want" button as well? The amount of fat/ugly girls trolled would be amusing.

So many things to "Want" ... (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about 2 years ago | (#40522295)

... like Facebook not constantly messing with privacy and email settings without users' knowledge or consent. Will there be buttons for those.

Future Facebook Buttons (1)

NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) | about 2 years ago | (#40522357)

Hot
Not
My
Benjamin
Button, Who's Got the . . .
The
Help
Push
Really Big
Burning with Desire
Need
Gotta-Have-It
Die Trying
Don't Push This (my favorite)

What about the other two options? (1)

erice (13380) | about 2 years ago | (#40522467)

If are going to have "What do you want?", you also need "Who are you", and "Why are you here?"

Re:What about the other two options? (1)

PeanutButterBreath (1224570) | about 2 years ago | (#40522505)

If are going to have "What do you want?", you also need "Who are you", and "Why are you here?"

To the extend that Facebook cares, the latter two can be deduced from the former.

Re:What about the other two options? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40522713)

and "where shall we have lunch?"

Re:What about the other two options? (1)

transwarp (900569) | about 2 years ago | (#40523025)

If are going to have "What do you want?", you also need "Who are you", and "Why are you here?"

They already ask "Who are your friends?" and they probably have enough information to infer "Who do you trust?"

Sound track for the Want button (1)

ElmoGonzo (627753) | about 2 years ago | (#40523059)

Click the Want button on a person and you hear a version of the Bob Dylan song "I Want You"

I only like my friends posts about themselves (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40523159)

I don't click LIKE for any product or website, I just keep it polite and like my friends posts when they say something I agree with. I won't be using the want button. By the way, does anyone know how to greasemonkey the likes into unlike? I'm deleting everything at the moment and before I can delete my account (not deactivate), I need to completely erase my history or else they will give me the finger to try again.

What do I Want? (1)

LordGr8one (1174233) | about 2 years ago | (#40523491)

"I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike as a warning to the next 10 generations that some favors come with too high a price. I want to look up into your lifeless eyes and wave like this. Can you and your associates arrange that for me Mr. Zuckerberg?"

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