The man who, back in '30s, invented the first ... "Like Button" in history.

Back in 1930, an engineer in New York, Dr. Nevil Monroe Hopkins, had an idea. How could the listener of a radio station to interact with it? He thought, therefore, creating a box with three separate buttons (yes, no and present).


In this way -by looking for a method that the button selected by the user could transfer his preference to the radio station- it would be given the opportunity to endorse or condemn anything. With the help of this device, which was called Radiovoter, the president of the United States, for example, could receive feedback from the listeners of the radio on a serious issue. Or, in more funny moments, people would simply declare their preference or ... distaste for a song.



The device, created by Johns Hopkins -and for which he received two separate patents in '30s- was never used, as it was in a very primitive form and never developed. As soon as you pressed the button, as we see in the following sketch, 7 hours were needed to communicate with a monitoring station, making the whole system not very direct.



However, as we are reading today the history of Radiovoter, we can do a reference and say that perhaps it might be described as the first "like" button in history (together with the corresponding "dislike" button, of course, that Facebook doesn't want it). The following sketch of July's 1934 edition of Radio-Craft magazine describes it with a more funny way ...

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