From “Likes” to “Reactions”: the Facebook of Tomorrow, Today

Technology is always changing and Facebook is no exception. On Wednesday Facebook released 6 new options for it’s 1.5 Billion users which is nothing short of ground breaking. These options pertain to the way one can respond to posts that appear on their news feed. These new features include 6 all new “reactions” to be added in addition to the classic “Like” feature the website has been known for nearly 10 years. The thought being that this will clear up the ambiguity that is present from the old way of simply liking something. For example, we are all aware of a case where someone posts a news article of a sensitive or triggering manner and someone “likes” it. In those moments we are left to wonder “whats behind the ‘Like’?” Is it done from a place of sincerity or as a display of solidarity for the topic in question, or are they genuinely “like” the fact that something bad is happening to an affected region half way around the world? Are they trolling? and is it even fair to ask?

Mark-Zuckerberg faceguy

In an attempt to clear up this pervasive issue Facebook engineers have rolled out the new “reactions” to more clearly convey your mental state and sense perception of the: Topic, post, or picture at hand. The selection process however was in a long and hard process with months of back and forth as to which would make the final cut.

The reactions they settled upon are as follows:

Like( this is Facebook’s “bread and butter” and will more likely be the most commonly used feature considering the users familiarity and experience with the feature)

Love:(which is shown simply with a pink circle with a white heart in the center. Many have gravitated towards this feature because sometimes a simple “like” just doesn’t say how the user feels about that special cat video!. Maybe next they’ll make a “meow” but we can only hope.

Haha: (this feature is suppose to streamline the process of simple typing “haha” in the comment section, and allows may to join in the laughs. this comment is shown by a yellow face with eyes closed and mouth wide open in laughter.

Wow: (My personal favorite this reaction the team hopes aims to capture the awe and wonder we sometimes feel when watching a video of space or Chris Angel magic trick. Like Blogger Zach Goatman said in an interview last week, “it was unclear when I should use the “wow” feature, I was like ‘ what the heck’ but when I saw the mind freak levitate over a moving car I knew, a simple like wouldn’t cut it, we were in wow country now.)mind freak

Sad: ( one we wish we never had to use but when its there we’re glad it can offer a little solace.)

Angry: (this feature has stirred some controversy, but there has been a demand for something similar to it ever since the “like” button the haters have wanted and “unlike” or something similar. The angry face hopes to bridge that gap and let your Facebook community know exactly where you draw the line.)

Facebook is testing these reactions in the coming weeks, and if things go as expected and everyone not only “likes” them but “loves” them, hopefully well be using the “wow” feature soon when they roll out a hinted at but highly secretive additional reactions, but we can only hope.


Leave a Reply