One thing that has caused a lot of uproar in times past is the Facebook like button and how it is sometimes used especially with sad posts. Over time, many Facebook users have requested for a dislike button alongside the like button but Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had previously ruled it out because of fears that it would cause negativity on the social network.
However, in a new development, Facebook has added a new feature called ‘Reactions’ and the announcement was made on the founder’s Facebook page earlier today with a video showing the new feature. See video here.
These reaction feature include six new emotion buttons in addition to the standard like button which gives users new ways to express emotions on the site. The new icons introduced include ‘Love’, ‘Haha’, ‘Yay’, ‘Wow’, ‘Sad’ and ‘Angry’.
These icons will appear when a person holds down the like button on the mobile site or hovers their mouse over it on the desktop version of the site.
This new feature has been made available to users in Ireland and Spain as a test run and according to a blog post by Facebook product manager Chris Tosswill, the company intends to learn from this initial roll what works and what doesn’t before making the change for all users.
Businesses and page owners are also not left out as the blog post also states that Page owners will be able to see Reactions to all of their posts on Page insights which will serve as an opportunity for them to better understand how people are responding to their content on Facebook.
It may not be the dislike button that many were anticipating but these new emojis will certainly give users the options of expressing love, happiness, surprise, anger or sadness in addition to the standard like.