It’s a worldwide known option, but Facebook’s ‘Like’ could become ‘Reactions’ at some point in the future, if their tests will receive positive feedback.
- Facebook’s ‘Dislike’ button seems to no longer be a possibility
- Facebook is now testing ‘Reactions’ as a new way of expressing empathy
- They come in the form of a drop down menu with the options of Like, Love, Wow, Haha, Yeah, Angry, and Sad
- The feature will be tested in Spain and Ireland before it might be rolled out worldwide
Rumors have swirled around the internet about a possible ‘Dislike’ button. It drew the attention of most of the 1.4 billion users that Facebook is boasting, but it seems the concept will not be happening .There were many who criticized the possibility, so it’s perhaps best that the notion was never brought to life. One could have only imagined the consequences.
However, it has been confirmed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a while ago that the social media giant is working on a new way to express empathy. It was suggested that it was the ‘Dislike’ button, but now it seems that he was speaking of something else entirely. Instead, they will be testing out ‘Reactions’.
In essence, they’re six emojis attached to the ‘Like’ button that will vary the stats underneath every post. The emoticons will be displayed as a drop down menu below the already existing option of ‘thumbs up’. And this will be available for both Pages and every user profile.
‘Reactions’ come in with six forms of expression: ‘Like’, ‘Love’, ‘Wow’, ‘Haha’, ‘Yeah’, ‘Angry’, and ‘Sad’. They will be the basic manners in which to offer a brief summary of one’s reactions. And, as far as Facebook Ad Manager is concerned, using either them will be taken into account as a ‘Like’.
So, users should be careful. Using the ‘Angry’ emoji will not stop that ad from showing up. In fact, it will make it worse.
The new features will reportedly start testing first in Ireland and Spain on Friday, October 9th. The social media giant will be conducting a trial of sorts for these two countries before it would potentially roll it for everyone. So, Irish and Spanish users, beware.
In the coming days, the reactions of their users will be monitored closely by Facebook. Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook in Ireland, has stated that it’s an exciting thing to have Ireland’s Facebook community to “be one of the first to participate in testing these new ways to express their reactions”.
It could be a fun variation, and it’s certainly less likely to draw out fights than a ‘Dislike’ button. Then again, that remains to be seen. Around 2 million Irish users, along with all others in Spain will be the first to get a taste of Facebook’s new attempt at keeping their platform fresh.
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