Facebook’s Reactions now live to let you express more than a ‘Like’
Facebook has announced that it has started rolling out Reactions as an extension to its existing Like button. The new update lets you express more than just hitting a ‘Like’ on the social network.
With Reactions, you’ll now have more ways to share your emotions or feelings on a particular Facebook post or comment. These are the buttons similar to emoticons or emojis.
“Not every moment you want to share is happy,” writes co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post. “Sometimes you want to share something sad or frustrating. Our community has been asking for a dislike button for years, but not because people want to tell friends they don’t like their posts. People wanted to express empathy and make it comfortable to share a wider range of emotions.”
How to use Reactions on a Facebook post or comment
If you’re on a mobile device, you can use a reaction by holding down the Like button. You can also use Reaction buttons when accessing Facebook through your desktop by hovering over the Like button.
There are Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad and Angry reaction buttons to let you react to a particular post or comment.
A result of more than a year-long research
Facebook’s Reactions are not just a day-long development. But as product manager Sammi Krug reveals, it’s a result of a global research that was conducted for more than a year.
“For more than a year we have been conducting global research including focus groups and surveys to determine what types of reactions people would want to use most,” Krug says in a statement. “We also looked at how people are already commenting on posts and the top stickers and emoticons as signals for the types of reactions people are already using to determine which reactions to offer.”
Months before officially revealing Reactions, Zuckerberg faced a question during his public Q&A session in September last year about releasing a ‘dislike’ button. The 31-year-old executive told the audience at that time that the social networking site would soon let its users express empathy towards different activities. And this finally emerges as Reactions.
Facebook is rolling out Reactions in phases. While these tiny buttons are yet to arrive in India, users in the US and some other developed regions are already expressing their emotions using the new feature.
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