what does it mean to like something?


Many of us who blog regularly have, I guess, asked themselves why did so and so like my post? Did they read it? Do they agree with me or is it just to say they stopped by?

Is the meaning of  to ‘like’ a post obvious or are there different permutations or possibilities why we click on the like button? And why do you as a blogger have the like button activated for your posts?

Take for example twitter; it has retweet, reply and like buttons. I often like a tweet that makes me laugh. A tweet that I agree with, I may retweet and those that somehow I feel call for conversation I respond.

These and more are the questions asked in the post below.

It would be interesting to know why you like a post.

What Does it Mean to Like Something?

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

48 thoughts on “what does it mean to like something?

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    I ‘like’ things for all the reasons you give, Mak. I might also ‘like’ something that I wouldn’t altogether personally agree with, but feel has been well and reasonably expressed. i.e given me pause for thought.
    Wishing you a good weekend.

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    • makagutu says:

      Wishing you a great weekend. Yes, I too, have liked pieces I may not agree with wholly but I feel was well said.
      Poetry like Esme’s I like because that’s the much I can do most of the time. Poetry passes above my head.

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  2. Many different reasons. All depends on what reaction it illicit in me. Sometimes it is I like it or it entertained or it effectively presented something that I may not agee with but appreciated the critical thinking. Sometimes it’s just to let the person know I have stopped by. Too many more to enumerate on. 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      Happy weekend my friend.
      I do it for the same reasons you mention and more. The ones I have never really quite understood is when someone likes a post where a person was talking about loss of a loved one or some sorrow

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  3. I like because I agree and/or it makes me happy, which means I agree 🙂 I’ve had more than few rather bizaare theists who seem to think that people can magically tell they are being sarcastic when they use the like button. Either that, or they are so fractured in personality, they have no idea what they are doing.

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  4. Keith says:

    Deep thought.

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  5. Hariod Brawn says:

    With your own posts, I never ‘like’ the Atheist vs. Creationist ones because I’m just not interested in that discussion. I respect what you do in that regard, and appreciate you as a blogging friend, Mak, but I won’t like things that I have no interest in — same applies elsewhere, naturally. 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      Makes so much sense.
      Have a great weekend, Hariod. It must be spring where you are and everything is blossoming? Or does that happen at a different time of the year?

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      • Hariod Brawn says:

        Yes, it is indeed springtime here, although it’s been unusually cold compared to recent years. The pattern has been quite pleasant springs and mediocre, at best, summers, so perhaps that might change this year. That said, the seasons here have really lost much of their respective distinctions over the past two decades or so; it’s all becoming a bit more of a blur.

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  6. maryplumbago says:

    I like posts that I agree with which have been worded well and make a good point

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  7. Ron says:

    I like to see my avatar beside the like button.

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  8. Barry says:

    I usually “like” posts that make me food for thought. It’s irrelevant whether I agree with the writer or not. It’s a means by which i express my appreciation for someone sharing a little bit of themselves. And finally it’s when I would dearly like to post a comment but a migraine induced brain fog renders me incapable of doing so.

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  9. shelldigger says:

    I don’t do the like button thing all that often. I don’t know why really, there are plenty of posts or comments well deserving, I just have some sort of hang up about using it. I have seen too many instances where I felt that people were living for the likes. I neither want that for myself or want to encourage that in others.

    So if anyone gets a like from me, it was because it met or exceeded my completely arbitrary expectation of a like worthy post/comment.

    Go ahead, call me strange, I am fully aware 😃

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    • Nan says:

      I tend to agree with you, SD. There are many posts that I might enjoy reading, but nothing that’s been said has jumped off the page at me so I just read and move on. However, having said that, as a blog owner, it is validating to receive several “likes.” 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      Ha ha.
      I have on occasion liked comments because they made me laugh my ass off. Or they were such a comeback one cannot possibly recover.

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  10. renudepride says:

    I like something because it either entertained, educated or interested me. Even if I disagree with what the author wrote, I was intrigued by the topic/subject and influenced in some way. That’s the reason I read the content.

    I enjoy reading the blogs of others because their perspective on things help inform my worldview. Maybe not immediately, but at some point I am able to recall something that they shared, a comment, an idea or a phrase that I, in turn, pass along to others.

    Naked hugs!

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  11. I do for many reasons, agreement, a laugh, pleasure, or just acknowledgment that someone has had something to say about a topic.

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  12. I’d be happy if the LIKE button went extinct… and soon. That said, I’ve included it on my blog because of pressure from my readers. So be it. That’s the nature of social media, I suppose.

    Like Barry and others, I LIKE posts and comments that I appreciate in some way regardless of whether I agree or not. I also use the button to acknowledge others’ efforts and contributions.

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    • makagutu says:

      It’s necessary for your blog. Sometimes you are just informing us about something and there is nothing much to say. So I like to say I have read it and appreciate you taking the time to share it

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  13. I don’t truly like anything or anyone, but, in order to disguise that fact and not appear to be as salty as I really am, I click “like” on some internet posts and Twitter posts that have pictures of puppies and kittens in them.

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  14. Arkenaten says:

    I tend to only like posts written by Nigerian royalty who promise me lots of money.
    In fact, I think it’s about time I stopped following some of these people as they haven’t sent any money to date, and I have to keep sending them money, which seems arse-backwards in my book. Besides, how many Princes are there living in Nigeria?

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    • makagutu says:

      On scammers first; I once got a call from a fellow who told me I had won some money but before claiming my prize, I should send money. Being that I had won this money and would not feel pain in parting with a portion of it, I told him to deduct 30% to cover for all expenses. He wasn’t amused.
      There are princess and chiefs and Obi’s in Nigeria whether they use the internet is another story altogether 😁

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  15. Swarn Gill says:

    For me it depends on the platform. Likes on Facebook or Twitter are generally more what you describe. Sometimes I’ll admit to not having read the article that is posted in depth, but agree with the general sentiment so I’ll hit like. Sometimes it is just something that makes me laugh.

    Here on WP I tend to take things a little more seriously. I feel like with blogging there is a little more of “putting yourself out there” so if it’s something creative, or something that’s just well thought out, even if I don’t completely agree with it, I’ll usually hit like. Of course I generally try not to just like, but also comment, but often if I don’t have anything new to add, then I will not say anything and perhaps ‘like’ some of the comments. But if it is a post I especially enjoyed I will most definitely comment and that, I think, is more meaningful. I’ll probably just hit like anyway, since I think it’s easier for the blogger to gauge how well their post was received by their audience by counting the likes. It’s a little more difficult to count comments (given that many comments might be just a back and forth between the blogger and someone else).

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