The people have spoken and they have gotten what they want. The Facebook reaction buttons are finally here – now you can not only “like” a post, but you can also “love” it. You can also express many emotions or actions including laughter, surprise, sadness and anger. While there is no “unlike” button, you might consider the sad and angry faces placeholders for that. Originally a “yay” emoji was also included but in tests users found that it was too similar to the laughing face and the love button. Users can access it by hovering over the “like” button on any post. While the “like” button has been enough for the first 10 years of Facebook, last year Mark Zuckerberg was finally convinced that people needed a way to express more emotions easily. One reason that led to this decision was that a lot of people access Facebook from mobile sites, and it can be hard to type comments which express what you’re feeling on mobile.
The team who worked on the project first started with about 20 emoji and then whittled it down to six emotions that people would want to express. They simply picked the ones that people seemed to use most often in their comments after studying how people use Facebook overall. They also tested a bunch of different styles of emojis, and picked the cute ones that you see today.
The way the emoji get displayed in a post is that the top three will be placed where it used to say how many people liked a post. There has been mostly positive feedback about the reactions since it is a feature many have been wanting for such a long time.
Have you gotten to use Facebook’s reactions yet? What do you think?
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