It has been a discussion throughout the Facebook button to implement the “dislike button”. However, Mark Zuckerberg’s team don’t want to want to turn Facebook into some kind of forum page. Instead, they want to allow their user to show their emotions in a more colorful ways especially to express empathy to someone who has a bad day. As a result, here come the “Facebook Reactions.”
Facebook reactions is the answer to the concern of expressing something beyond the like button. Aside from the like button, there are six other options a netizen can choose from: Love, Haha, Yay, Wow, Sad, and Angry. Currently, this feature is available on a testing period in the Philippines. It will be also tested in other countries like Spain and Ireland after the concerns of the non-English-speaking population is addressed.
Users can select the other reactions on mobile by holding the like button longer. It is also available in desktop by hovering the cursor to the like button. However, for the time being, this option is not available for Google Chrome users. The amount of likes, shares, comments, and other reactions will be tallied separately per post.
I have some reservations of the new feature. The Sad and Angry reaction might be very helpful to express to condolences or disgust to a post. However, I find the reactions “Love, Haha, Yay, and Wow” redundant to the like option. How I wish Facebook will allow us to express more than one emotion. After all, their are some posts in our news feed that will indulge us into a roller coaster of emotions. Another suggestion is just to delete the love, haha, yay, and wow.
These multiple reactions are only more useful on entrepreneurial posts since they have a wide audience. But, for someone who has limited his/her Facebook account to his/her circle of friends, I think it would be awkward to express “angry” to that post. It can cause trouble to some relationship.
The Like button has always been an iconic feature of Facebook. I think it will remain as the icon because like is the first option available for users. Let’s admit it, some of us don’t really have the patience to express emotions on a long press or hover.
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