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It's weird to "like" death


Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to the press and advertising partners at a Facebook announcement in New York earlier this month.  A Facebook program that lets companies target their advertisements on the site based on what its users and their friends buy and do on the Internet is drawing complaints from some users. Associated Press
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Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to the press and advertising partners at a Facebook announcement in New York earlier this month. A Facebook program that lets companies target their advertisements on the site based on what its users and their friends buy and do on the Internet is drawing complaints from some users. Associated Press (FIle Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

In our EndNotes column today, we answered a question whether it's appropriate to send condolences on Facebook. The answer: It depends. For teens and other big Facebook users, sure. For those in generations who expect a handwritten card, no.

After she proofread my story, newsroom colleague Kimberly pointed out how weird it is on Facebook to click "like" when people share bad news, such as a death in the family. Agreed. Facebook needs a "sorry" button, perhaps.

How do you respond to someone's sad news on Facebook?

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