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Light-bulbNow Live!: a solution to the love and hate of the "Auto-Like"

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by Amy Wong - Nov 28, 2011 Star_s5,674 views

Update (Nov 30 2011 @ 10:31 AM PST): This feature is now live! If you had the old Auto-Like turned on, it'll be disabled. Please go to the Snag Bar Preferences to enable the new "Auto-Liking" helpful posts!

Whenever we talk about the "Auto-like" feature - a feature that "likes" the post that you successfully snagged using the Snag Bar, we always get two split opinions. Basically, some people love it while the others absolutely hate it.

Some of the reasons people love it are:

  1. It eliminates the time to go back and like all the items I snagged
  2. It tells others how many clicks are left so people don't waste time clicking on the same bonus
  3. I like to know who clicked on my post even if it was automated. It's sad to not see any reaction.

Some of the reasons people hate it are:

  1. It is annoying when I get many likes in a matter of seconds, as it clogs half of my left screen with notifications
  2. I don't feel appreciated when liking my post was done automatically
  3. It is a clear indication of who uses the Snag Bar and it gives a bad reputation to other GU! members

When we posted about whether we should change the name of the Snag Bar to something else to emphasize the point that the Snag Bar actually helps your friends, Alena suggested this:

(Auto-like) tells your friends that you're helping and encourages people to play more instead of them not seeing anything on their posts and getting frustrated thinking that no one is helping them.

Then our top poster Michał raised a concern about liking all the common posts and suggested:

Maybe admins could make it so it does not like all watering cans and seedlings?

Aha! That could make both parties happy, if we only Auto-Like helpful/rare posts! This way, you can still tell your neighbors that you helped them, and your neighbors won't be clogged with all the notifications that you got their watering cans!

So, we are going to release a new version of this "Auto-LIking" only helpful posts (we are still working on the rare item posts) and retire the old version that likes every posts. We also added a "Auto-Comment" feature ONLY IF you would like to leave a comment at the same time. You can say "helped!" or promote the Snag Bar to your friends so they can help you back easily too. We know some people aren't comfortable about telling people you use the Snag Bar, but you are doing this only on the posts that helped your friends get the items, is that really such a bad thing? :D

Thank you so much for all your comments and feedback, we feel like this feature was a true collaboration among our members and hope you like it. As always, please leave your feedback and comments!

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We just pushed out a change to add the old auto-like option in addition to the new auto-like only helpful posts.

As mentioned, we'll be gather more data to make a final decision. Snag Bar version is now 1.02

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OK, given the overwhelming feedback, we'll be adding back the old option to the auto-like feature. We'll be gathering more data to then make a final decision on which options to keep over the next few weeks.

Appreciate the feedback, especially the considerate ones - at least we know many of you feel strongly about the tools we provide!

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This feature doens't work quite well for Farmville since we don't yet have a way to like "rare" posts. So we are thinking of having both options until we implement that. We hope once we have the liking rare posts, it can make both parties happy.

But bringing back the auto-like all means people who were annoyed by the "auto-liking" all posts won't be happy for a while :( Also, people who don't like the auto-like all do not have an option to stop showing up on their notification. Maybe something to ask Facebook to implement (don't notify me likes on game posts etc)

 

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This feature is now live! It's still a work in progress and we've not yet implemented the following:

  1. Currently doesn't work for Sims Social, since it doesn't have a category that groups all helpful posts.
  2. We haven't implemented marking the "Rare" posts yet, this will most probably be implemented next year.

Thanks also for those who voiced that they still want the "liking-all". We would love to get all the  feedbacks about this new feature in the coming weeks too, so feel free to leave comments below! :)

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Something is wrong. I have 7 accounts, and when I post something to my wall that needs 5 or six clicks, I run the snag bar on all 6 accounts, and it is not clicking on the item. And when I go to check to see how many more I need, I have 1/6 in 4 hours. It was working fine before, and ever since the FB change, it has not been doing it. I mean if I need 6 gum drops, and I post that, I only get one click instead of the 6 I would have gotten. Please fix this!

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It does not show that I *Liked* a Post..Im seeing that I have grabbed the items but does not show I like them..I like the old way better

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@ MsMarcia Alitham : I think there is an option in your Facebook account or privacy settings to disable or limit notifications.

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I would like the option not to "Follow thread" as I really don't care who else likes the item that I am snagging as well.

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Wish this would work consistently. I have some neighbors that post much needed help and the snag bar never collects from them at all. They are showing up on my feed, and I am collecting from others, just not certain people. why? oh and my auto like is clicked but not auto liking anything

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My preferences for autolike and no pop ups are no longer saving. I am only using one browser, one computer and one account. help please.

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Love,love, love having 3 options! Please keep it this way. No Auto Like is great if I am hiding. Other times, I am free to Like. With Like Rare or Helpful posts as an option too, I would be over the moon!

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I would like the old "like" feature back - the new one is majorly unattractive, intrusive, and takes up way too much room - scrolling down my feed takes forever having to go past all those big gaudy GU advertisements passing as "you like this". Ugly ugly ugly!!!

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Thank you! Loving me auto like ALL! I'm happy and all my FV friends are happy!

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USING THE LIKE BUTTON BRINGS BULLYING FROM THOSE WHO FEEL IT IS CHEATING. I WAS HARASSED BY ANNOYING COMMUNICATION BECAUSE USING THE LIKE BUTTON IDENTIFIED THAT I USED A SNAG BAR.

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I just have to add my two cents into the discussion. I don't mind people using the auto-like all option. What I don't like is when people use the auto-like all option and have EVERYTHING checked to snag. I don't mind friends auto-liking all of my watering cans or all of my animal feed, but I have a few friends who like everything I post - ALL my watering cans, ALL my animal feed, ALL my bushels, ALL my seedlings, etc. It has gotten to the point that I have put some of my friends on the restriction list on a part time basis because they literally lockup my browser with their like notifications (100 notifications within 10 minutes causes a script error).

If I could just figure out how to disable getting notifications when someone likes my posts, I would be a happy camper.

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Thank you for giving us a choice! GU is absolutely the best. I see other posters are having problems, knock knock (on wood) so far mine is working perfectly. I use the 'like all' option. Thank you for all your hard work, I've never seen of group of people so concerned with making sure their users are happy! Y'all are the best!!

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pls help me - how to enable auto-like? It's always turning to no-like

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THANK YOU!! bringing back the like all posts is working fine for me and on every thing i asked it to get and now i don't feel sleazy, since now it shows liking, glad many of us are in agreement with that.

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Well a great big Thankyou for giving us the options to "Like All, none or only helpful" Just one problem......It doesn't seem to work. I keep choosing the "like all" and changing the comment to "thanks :)" but it doesn't work. Nor might I add is my gift counter working. I've checked some of the posts and some I have apparently received while others not. I've reloaded the toolbar 3 times, restarted my computer, uninstalled then re-installed the toolbar,
I'm so frustrated!!!!.

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HEY!!!!!!!!!!!!
something is WRONG with 'Auto Like All' it posts our comments but it spams our same message multiple times on the same post...

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