The Chronicle of Higher Ed profiles a recent facebook app/plug-in/whatever the cool kids are calling it these days, that allows users to declare certain things, users, or even abstract concepts to be “enemies” on the popular social network service. Think of it as the mythical “Dislike” button on growth hormones. The developers are affiliated with the U of Texas at Dallas, and they see their plug-in as a means of jolting what they see as the excessive nicey-nice of Facebook, and as a way to allow users to examine the incongruencies in their own networks.
On the other hand, the comments on the article observe that this could also make for better bullying through technology, and can we really say there isn’t enough negativity on the internet? For that matter, I haven’t really noticed an inability of Facebook users to express their distaste for things ranging from Nickelback to (ahem) Brussels Sprouts. I have, meanwhile, noticed considerable difficulty in distinguishing their/there/they’re, your/you’re, and other homophonic puzzlers.
An app to wipe out homophonia on Facebook? That’s something I’d add.