We begged for it and we got it. Facebook shocked everyone yesterday when we woke up to brand new features. For years we’ve been forced to click “Like” on something just to keep up with the post, no matter how offended or sad it made us. We’ve petitioned for years for a “dislike” button to be added. Something to say we don’t approve of this but we want to follow. Yesterday our requests were answered when Facebook rolled out new “reactions” to posts, love, haha, wow, sad, and angry. No more being stuck in the “like zone” now you can tell a friend you love their post or express your anger or shock with a “wow.” How cool.
The buttons don’t show on the page automatically, you have to hover your mouse over the “like” button for them to show. Once you hit the button there is a drop down that shows all the different emotions that have been displayed on the post. When you hover your mouse over individual emotions a list will appear of those who clicked that button.
“Not every moment is a good moment and if you are sharing something sad, whether it’s something in current events, like the refugee crisis that touches you or if a family member passed away, then it may not feel comfortable to like that post” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said back in September according to the New York Post.
“This is just the beginning,” Facebook engineering director Tom Alison told BuzzFeed News. “The team is still going to be looking at how people are using this. We’re going to be learning a lot. We’re going to be iterating on this.
I love them. I was able to go through Facebook yesterday and show I was “angry” Donald Trump won Nevada and show how much I “loved” seeing the news of the All Def Awards. What do you think of the new buttons? Will you be using them?
Thinker, Avid Reader, Couch Potato. Sapphire Hill is a writer from Baltimore Maryland who loves to delve deeper into the whys of everything. Staff writer for 86 Blvd and Badd Magazine. Blogger and talent promoter for Sapphire Spotlight On Talent.