Facebook's Like replaced with emotions

8 October 2015

Bitterwallet - Facebook stamps Like Dislike Facebook have been tinkering again, and now, they're going to let you respond to your friends' annoying posts with a variety of 'Reaction' buttons, rather than simply hitting 'Like'. Now, of course, emoji are already a thing, which people can plop in the responses to your posts and, indeed, there's also words, where people can call you every name under the sun.

Either way, some folk think that the existing options aren't enough, so over the coming days, you'll be able to express love, laughter, happiness, shock, sadness and anger at things.

Of course, it'll be rolled out gradually while Facebook test everything out, but this seems to be the outcome which was originally thought to be the introduction of a 'Dislike' button.

Now, you'll hold down on the Like button, and it'll bring up seven icons. Obviously, you'll hit the one that corresponds to your feelings. If you have any feelings that is. Then, the post will show how many likes, sad faces and whatever, it has received.

A spokesperson for Facebook said: "People come to Facebook to share all kinds of things – whether that's updates that are happy, sad, funny or thought-provoking. And we've heard you'd like more ways to celebrate, commiserate or laugh together. That's why we are testing Reactions, an extension of the Like button, to give you more ways to share your reaction to a Facebook post in a quick and easy way."

Seeing as Mark Zuckerberg previously floated the horrible idea of a 'Hug' button, this all doesn't seem so bad. At least people won't have to hit the Like button now, when someone shares a death or some other bad news.

TOPICS:   Social Media

1 comment

  • Mark W.
    Facepalm button would be ever so handy.

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