What’s Your Reaction to Facebook Reactions?

If you use Facebook, you’re likely aware that Reactions — Facebook’s redesigned Like button, rolled out worldwide on profiles and Pages today, with five new ways to waste time express yourself:

Facebook Reactions tutorial | BloggingBistro.comMark Zuckerberg writes:

Introducing ReactionsToday is our worldwide launch of Reactions — the new Like button with more ways to express yourself.

Not every moment you want to share is happy. Sometimes you want to share something sad or frustrating. Our community has been asking for a dislike button for years, but not because people want to tell friends they don’t like their posts. People wanted to express empathy and make it comfortable to share a wider range of emotions.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the right way to do this with our team. One of my goals was to make it as simple as pressing and holding the Like button.

The result is Reactions, which allow you to express love, laughter, surprise, sadness or anger.

Love is the most popular reaction so far, which feels about right to me!

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

How to show Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, or Angry

  • On a desktop, hover your mouse over the Like button. The additional buttons will pop up. Click one.
  • On a mobile device, press and hold the “thumbs up” Like button, and animated emoji will display.

Below each post in the News Feed, you’ll now additional clutter enhancements: tiny, color-coded icons that display the different sentiments people clicked.
Free action plan to help you build your blogging and social media strategy | BloggingBistro.comYour thoughts?

What do you think of the expressions on the “faces” of the emoji? According to an article in Wired magazine, Facebook tested dozens of iterations, and the ones we’re seeing were the universal winners.

Have you used the feature yet? To give it a test drive, visit Blogging Bistro’s Facebook page and test it on one of our posts. Thanks!

  • Harry Wegley

    Just more ways to communicate less effectively than words — finer shades of misunderstanding.

  • I agree with you, Harry. Based on comments I was seeing about the new emoji yesterday on people’s Facebook feeds, people now have to decide, “Do I merely like this update or do I LOVE it? And what if I’m laughing, but in a sarcastic, angry way? Can I click both ‘angry’ and ‘haha?'”

    Like you, my suggestion would be to take a few more seconds and leave a comment instead of obsessing over which “reaction” to use.