The long-awaited reaction buttons are finally here. Facebook just rolled out the reaction buttons with “love”, “haha”, “wow”, “sad”, or “angry” emoji.
So instead of just liking (not liking) a friend’s post, now you get to react with the post and let your true fillings to the post be known. There are now six ways you can react to a post on Facebook, “love”, “haha”, “wow”, “sad”, or “angry” and of course the “like”.
After a year of testing in Ireland and Spain, Facebook just made it available for both personal Facebook profiles and Facebook Pages worldwide.
Despite some early rumors there are no “Dislike” button. Also no “yay” button either despite it was there in the testing phrase. Apparently not everyone grasped its meaning — According to Facebook product manager Sammi Krug was surprised.
And do not expect the “dislike” button on Facebook, in like never. When asked about the “dislike” button as an option, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a town hall Q&A in September 2015, “That doesn’t seem like the kind of community that we want to create.”
Facebook researchers, engineers and product teams worked with sociologists, consulted focus groups and conducted surveys for selecting these buttons. More than a year’s work went behind this.
How to Use Facebook Reactions Buttons
Now you can choose from these “Reactions” on top of liking, commenting or sharing on any type of posts.
If you are using the Facebook App, new buttons appear after you hold down the Like button. If you’re on a computer, you’ll see them when you hover your mouse over the Like button.
Remember; these are only for the posts and not the comments.
They review the most popular stickers and emojis people use for clues and selected the most universally understood and equally useful emoji faces for the buttons.
Sammi Krug informed that the initial reactions to Reactions has been great and “Love” has been the most popular of them all.
This is a clear attempt at keeping Facebook cool and fresh by deepening people’s attachment to the website and app.