- 10.07.10 - 9:00AM
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- Chris Menning
53 Million People Missed the Like Button - YouTube's Biggest Comment Thread Trend
Ever since YouTube added the Like and Dislike buttons back in April, people have had the opportunity to feel how sweet it is when thousands of people also like what they like. So how do we reconcile the shock of noticing that some other group dislikes the things that we like? Only an idiot wouldn't like the same things that we like, right?
Maybe, they're not idiots. Maybe they just missed the like button.
For a while, every top-voted comment was just that witty explanation. But for others, sharing their dislike for the "missed the like button" comments is just as important – and still others have evolved this joke into a sometimes clever, often stupid YouTube meme.Simply reposting the phrase has been enough for some comments to attract up-votes, but because the practice became so common, some users have become annoyed with it. Whether you love it or hate it, simply using it can sometimes earn
a thumbs-up from someone who agrees with you.
No longer satisfied with reposting the same phrase, a second wave of commenters chose to answer why others had missed the like button. Because the comment excuses the dislikes as typical members of the video's audience succumbing to their own shared weaknesses, the message now acts as a method of defining the group.
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For others, making direct reference to the video itself is the most effective approach.
And for others still, no amount of variation is enough to excuse the meme. For this group, "missed the like button" represents the least common denominator of playing to the crowd.
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