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Facebook Reactions are emoticons for “Like” and the feature is rolling out in Europe
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Facebook Reactions are emoticons for “Like” and the feature is rolling out in Europe

by AshwinOctober 8, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say.  But that is a rather old adage, and a modern replacement for it would be ” a smiley or an emoji expresses your emotion without using words”.

Facebook Reactions Like Buttons

I’m referring to Facebook here, and what its CEO,Mark Zuckerburg announced afew weeks ago.

He revealed that his social network would be introducing a rather much asked for feature, in the near future. The answer is an obvious guess, but I’m gonna say it anyway, he was talking about the Dislike button.

Not very surprisingly, the announcement was met with mixed emotions. Many people welcomed the feature, but some others felt that it could be misused, while some felt that it could be just downright inappropriate in some contexts.

And now Facebook, is apparently preparing to roll out a different feature, so says a report from Engadget. The feature is called Reactions, and as the name obviously suggests, is similar to “Likes”. You can see the emoticons in the screenshot featured above, these are the Facebook Reactions.

Likes, the Facebook button like, with the Thumbs Up symbol, is probably one of the most famous logos in the world. But the problem with it is, its not enough. Not every post deserves a “Like”, some status updates and news stories need a proper response or a medium to express your emotion, and this is what the social network wants to give users.

Cosnsider the following scenarios:

For example, if someone shares a status update which says your favorite sports team lost a match or a major trophy. Or that a friend of yours didn’t get the promotion they were expecting. Or if the post said that someone had passed away.

A like button or a dislike button is in no way appropriate to any of these scenarios. You need to express your empathy in a different way, a social way.

Take the above examples I quoted above, and instead of like/dislike, apply emoticons. An angry emoji for the first example, a surprised (shocked) emoji for the second and a sad emoji for the last one. That’s so much better isn’t it? It actually expresses what you would have expressed in words.

Of course Like is still going to be there, it does apply to the majority of the status updates, comments, news stories posted on the social network.

Facebook will supposedly begin testing the Reactions feature in Europe this week, to be more specific, in Ireland and Spain, from Friday, October 9th.

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