Facebook has done the impossible. When you thought Facebook could no longer control society more, it outright goes and creates a new kind of person. Facebook has suddenly changed the zealous people called “fans” into something that still needs a word. You can no longer “become a fan” which when first introduced was a breeze… HA get it. Anyway.

Now, you are becoming a “person who likes this”. This new kind of person doesn’t even have a name. Me being a studying linguistic thinks we should call them “likers”. Easy right. Like. Facebook, should give these people a name, for soon havoc will set in among page owners across the interwebs trying to figure how to call their new “people”. What was Facebook thinking making such a premature move. But I bet it would work for the biking industry. Has Facebook been bought by the biking industry? Rumours abound, but for now we must stick with “likers”. America, however should quickly adapt, for like, like is already, like, to much, like part of their, like vocabulary. Do you wanna become a like?

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  • http://twitter.com/foxofsly Philip Cronje

    I think it might be because the exact term used is quite context-sensitive. It makes sense to call someone a “fan” in the context of a band's Page, but not so much in the context of, say, a shop such as Musica (do they even have a Page? God knows). Think about it: you wouldn't go around saying you're Musica's biggest fan. Best customer, maybe, but not fan. What it effectively does is establish a generic framework for people indicating that they… well, _like_ the entity represented by a given Page. The exact name to be used in the context is entirely dependent on the entity: e.g. a Grateful Dead page might prefer to use the term “Deadheads” instead of “fans” or “likers”.

    Additionally, this change in terminology is most likely linked to that whole “Like” button, consolidating the entire dataset of liking under a single user-visible aspect. Like, y'know? But this is just wild speculation on my part.

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