You know how annoying it used to be when your friend made a negative comment on Facebook – maybe something about being sick. Ugh. No, you did not ‘like’ that status, but didn’t have time to comment on it either. Maybe you were in a rush for work. So, what next? Your friend was left thinking you didn’t give a damn. And all because Facebook didn’t have a ‘dislike’ button.
Well finally, Facebook has listened to our comments and progressed, by developing a multitude of options, other than to just ‘LIKE!’ They are using EMOJI’S and this new feature is called Facebook Reactions.
As you can see from my above screenshot, you now have the following option buttons for Facebook statuses…
I’m so glad that Facebook have finally cottoned on to the fact that human beings have more than one emotion!
Personally, I don’t like to see too much negativity on Facebook. So, I hope that I won’t need to use the SAD or ANGRY buttons too often. I certainly don’t want to see gruesome images of war or abuse in my newsfeed, and I sometimes unfollow people who post such things. That doesn’t mean that I am blind to what goes on in the world, it’s just the positive way that I like to use social media, combined with my personal time constraints. I do think that I will make good use of the LOVE, HAHA and WOW buttons!
What’s interesting is that despite this new and much needed Facebook development, many people are just sticking to ‘LIKES’ simply because it is what they are used to. I’m expecting to see more use of the new Facebook buttons over the next few weeks as people cotton on.
Although this new Facebook development has been welcomed by many as a new way to express themselves, the Business Insider has highlight the possibility of a hidden agenda. Are Facebook using these new ‘reactions’ as yet another data collection tool? Read more here.
I would love to hear your thoughts. What do you think of the new Facebook buttons? Which ones will you use? Do you think that there is a hidden agenda? I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog.
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