From tomorrow (October 9, 2015), some Facebook users in Ireland and Spain will start seeing “Reactions,” Facebook’s new emoji-based buttons that let users express additional emotions to their friends’ posts.
It’s probably one of Facebook’s most requested features — a “dislike” button that lets users express an emotion other than “like”. News emerged last month that the social network was finally working on something along those lines, though Zuckerberg declined to share exactly what it would look like — but today things get a whole lot clearer.
To add a reaction, you simply press the “Like” button on the mobile app, or hover over the “Like” button on desktop to open the extra reaction buttons.
This is in line with what Zuckerberg has said all along — a simple “Dislike” button is open to abuse and could create a poisonous atmosphere on the social network. The way it’s actually doing it, users can elect not only to “Like” something, but they can also love it, while also showing they found something amusing, sad, amazing, or anger-inducing. There is still some scope for people to use these emotions in the wrong way, but this is probably the most effective way of introducing new emotions to the mix.
Facebook has been in need of more sentiment options for a while, and tomorrow it moves one step closer towards happening. There is no official word yet on when it will be launching more widely, but it’s typical of Facebook to slowly introduce new features such as this and tweak it based on feedback it receives from a smaller, more localized group.