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Why I turned off WordPress ‘Like’


I‘ve been a WordPress blogger for many years, but only in the last couple of weeks have I learned how WP’s Like button actually works. At least, I think I understand now:

(1.) People, and possibly bots, can Like your posts from several different places (emails, the WP Reader, etc.). (2.) A Like, therefore, does not necessarily mean a person actually visited your blog. (3.) Only registered and logged-in WordPress and/or Gravatar users can Like your posts. (4.) Spammers can register with WP, Like your posts, and you cannot moderate or delete their Likes. (5.) If you don’t like the way Like works, your only recourse is to turn it off. (6.) If you ever turn Like back on, all the previous Likes, including the spam, will still be there.

All this time I’ve thought a ‘Like’ meant somebody (not just WordPress users; this isn’t Facebook, after all) had actually visited my blog and Liked my post. Conversely, I thought that my visiting someone’s blog and clicking Like was telling them that I had actually visited their blog. That’s what I meant, but that might not be how it was interpreted.

There. See? I can admit when I’m wrong. I’ve been wrong about Like, and I apologize to those I’ve misinformed. It makes me sad, but that’s why I’ve turned off the ‘Like’ button on Pied Type. Like wasn’t at all what I thought it was.

(Note: The Like button was missed by some readers and was reinstated on Aug. 8, 2013. It remains on probation.)


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