While the Facebook world was busy rubbing its collective hands in gleeful anticipating of a dislike button, what Facebook finally gave the world are Reactions buttons. Six of them to be precise.
So in addition to the ‘like’ button which has always being there, we now have the wow, haha, sad, angry, and love buttons. All given different emojis to represent that particular emotion. In other words, Facebook is telling us they have summarized our emotions to just six. I never knew my range of reactions to things were just six.
Announcing the new features in a blog post, Facebook through their Product Manager, Sammi Krug, said:
‘‘Every day, people come to Facebook to discover what’s happening in their world and around the world, and to share all kinds of things, whether that’s updates that are happy, sad, funny or thought-provoking. News Feed is the central way you can get updates about your friends, family and anything else that matters to you, and the central place to have conversations with the people you care about. We’ve been listening to people and know that there should be more ways to easily and quickly express how something you see in News Feed makes you feel. That’s why today we are launching Reactions, an extension of the Like button, to give you more ways to share your reaction to a post in a quick and easy way.”
Apparently, these buttons have being in beta or test phase since last year. What we are seeing now is the fine-tuned final result of all the hard work that has gone into making the Reaction buttons work. It is surprising that Facebook was able to keep this secret until today. Hear Krug again,
”We have been testing Reactions in a few markets since last year, and have received positive feedback so far. Today, we’re excited to offer it to everyone who uses Facebook around the world. We will continue learning and listening to feedback to make sure we have a set of reactions that will be useful for everyone. We hope you enjoy the new Reactions!”
To use the Reaction buttons are quite easy. In other not to clutter a Facebook post with the six different Reaction buttons, the other emojis are hidden under the like button. For those accessing Facebook on the smartphone app, just tap and hold the like button and the other Reaction buttons would pop up. You can then choose the want you want. On the desktop version of Facebook, just hover over the like button for the Reaction buttons to pop out.
From now on, instead of seeing the number of likes for an update or a post, what we would now see is the number of reactions to the post. And the most popular reaction button is the one that would be shown. To see what other reactions people have chosen or tapped, you would need to hit the emojis button that is showing. The other reactions would pop out, showing both the number and who picked what reaction button.
One thing I like about this new Facebook feature is the fact it was introduced worldwide immediately. Unlike the normal practice of restricting the initial phase to users in the US or some select location. While the rest of us have to wait and hope it gets to us soon enough.
However, after trying it out on my android phone and desktop, it seems I need to wait a little longer before the new reaction buttons are enabled for me. No problem Facebook, I don’t mind waiting a little longer.