Beyond 'Like:' A scam on Facebook preys on the desire to 'Dislike'
Here's a riddle: How many Facebook users are so desperate to weigh in on their friends' status updates and picture postings with a "dislike" button that they're willing to fall for an obvious scam?
Answer: 10,000 and counting out of the millions who want the option.
As any Facebook user knows, you can only opine about your friends' content in one of two ways. You can comment about it and really unload, or if you're feeling concise, you can click the "like" button. If your friend has a status update that no one in his right mind would like (such as, "I just got carjacked") the only choice to show your displeasure is to physically type out how crappy you think it is. It would be so much more efficient if you could simply "dislike" that your friend was the victim of a violent crime so that you could get back to Mafia Wars.
Facebook has so far refused to make life easier in this way (I'd "dislike" that if I could) and therefore exposed its many impressionable rubes to dislikable scam artists. One scheme making its way around Facebook is a page filled with confounding instructions to add a dislike button to your account. It first tells you to add a certain Twitter account to those you're following ("dislike" this for obvious reasons; why would a software extension require me to follow anyone on Twitter?). Then it tells you to click the link that will "Invite people to join" the Facebook page that has all these weird instructions ("dislike," but maybe not so much because perhaps some teenage hacker found a backdoor into the Facebook server where they keep their dislike buttons). And then you're instructed to paste a long URL string into your browser's address bar, which, when you hit "enter," prepares to send all of your Facebook friends news of this wonderful new tool ("DISLIKE" in caps, because as soon as you're prompted to send all of your friends anything you haven't previewed yet, you're asking for trouble).
Long story short: It doesn't work. Just ask one dscriber contributor who learned the hard way (and no, it's not yours truly). What it does, apparently, is clog the scammer's Twitter account and fake Facebook page with suckers.
Until Facebook decides to offer an official "dislike" button, the only solution to users who really don't like something is to type it out.
(Incidentally, there is a "dislike" trick that seems to work, according to CNET, but only for Firefox users. It seems limited, but it doesn't seem like a scam, although dscriber's team of software analysts has not tested it. Find out about it here.)