Facebook adds Reactions to Like button feature
In September, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company was working on a “dislike” button to let users show empathy.Â During a publicÂ Q&A, Zuckerberg replied to a question about the much-requested option, saying that the new feature would reflect a more nuanced expressivity than the social network’s famously positive “like”:
Facebook finally showed the world what those might look like on Wednesday: sixÂ well-known emojiÂ called “Reactions.”
Most internet users will be very familiar with the new icons
The company studied data on user comments and reactions,Â chief product officerÂ Chris CoxÂ wroteÂ in an official statement posted to Facebook.Â The platform will test the feature by offering it first to users in Spain and Ireland beginning later this week; it will only be viewable to users within those two countries.
Facebook’s six new Reactions. (Facebook)
None of the reactions are new characters, although they are a new technical integration to Facebook’s platform.
Reactions help Facebook catch up to users and other platforms
Reactions hits a middle ground between theÂ ever-popular emojiÂ andÂ Facebook stickersthat â€” while I enjoy using them ironically â€” are mostlyÂ bizarre cartoon characters. What makes Reactions new to Facebook is that they are offered as a built-in feature in the same way stickers are now.
Emoji are popular across social media networks. For example, the messaging platformÂ Slack offers reactionsÂ on user comments, though Slack has far more options since it’s based on a larger set of emoji (and also incorporates custom emoji). The feature is, coincidentally enough, called reactions. Here’s an example:
Slack lets you add emoji reactions to messages â€” and also lets you make custom emoji, something Facebook doesn’t currently do.
Facebook is playing a bit of catch-up with Reactions, but if you’re dying for a truly new expressive feature, why not make one using Vox’sÂ Social Media Reaction Generator?
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