Coming to Facebook: 6 new ways to express how you feel
Coming to Facebook: 6 new ways to express how you feel This combination of images provided by Facebook shows a sample post featuring the social network's Reactions buttons. Instead of the "dislike" button many users have been clamoring for, Facebook is testing out buttons that represent the emotions of love, yay, ha ha, wow, angry and sad. (Facebook/AP Images)
Coming to Facebook: 6 new ways to express how you feel
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Sometimes "Like" just doesn't cut it. So how about Love or Angry? Haha or Sad? Or just Yay or Wow?
Facebook is going "Inside Out" on the Like button. It is adding a range of new emotional reactions to the iconic thumbs-up icon. The Like button was launched in 2009.
You won't see the new emoji right away. Well, not unless you live in Ireland or Spain. They are the two locations the Menlo Park, California-based social network has chosen to begin testing them.
Chris Cox is Facebook's chief product officer. He says in a post that the company plans to use the feedback from the test run to make improvements. The hope is to launch the buttons globally "soon."
Many Facebook users have asked the company to add a "Dislike" button. They argue that hitting the "Like" button in many instances can seem a bit shallow. Or it might seem inappropriate.
At the same time, typing out a thoughtful comment on a phone isn't always easy.
Cox says the company studied Facebook comments. It wanted to see what reactions were most commonly expressed through Facebook. The new buttons were based on that.
"As you can see, it's not a 'dislike' button. Though we hope it addresses the spirit of this request more broadly," Cox's post reads.
The buttons are available in the iPhone, Android and desktop versions of Facebook. They will be used in Ireland and Spain. Users can either long-press or hover over the "Like" button. The buttons will then appear for users to scroll through and select.
Counters underneath a post will track how many of each reaction the post has received. That is similar to how likes are tracked now.

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How can “Like” be an inappropriate substitute for expressing interest?
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  • anthony3-war
    10/20/2015 - 01:16 p.m.

    The emojis on Facebook is interesting. I don't think the emojis are needed but it's an interesting idea to do so people can show how they feel about posts on Facebook. People on Facebook will probably like to show there feelings about others' posts.

  • hannah6-war
    10/20/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    I think that the new emotional reactions will be cool and a lot of people will probably like them. Not everyone wants to give a post a thumbs up so I think this is a cool way for people to really show how they feel about a post. I hope that the new emotional reactions are available to the people in the U.S. because I would like to try out the new buttons.

  • katelyn3-war
    10/20/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    I think that it is a good idea that you can dislike something but I think it might get to be to much that's not needed. You can always comment If you want to say something more. I just think its not needed and trying just to complicate it.

  • shaylonna-war
    10/20/2015 - 01:21 p.m.

    I think adding the emojis is a good idea. It will help people express themselves. Someone could like something sad before and someone else think that it is mean liking it but now people will know that they are actually sad not mean. The emojis are a good touch to Facebook.

  • cassieraes-war
    10/21/2015 - 08:47 a.m.

    I think the new emojis will be more appropriate to use than just a like button on some posts although it may lead to more people being rude. If there is a new dislike button, people could easily try to express their hatred for someone through the button and cause the other person to act on it.

  • shauniem-war
    10/21/2015 - 08:49 a.m.

    I think that having different reaction buttons for Facebook posts is really cool. Now if you dint know what you feel or if you are absolutely angered by the post or if you are absolutely appalled by the post you can express that. I know that there has been a couple of times when I'm scrolling through my Facebook feed and I wish there was a extremely angered reaction button. Or when I see something very sad. It could also help the person who is posting. If they get too many angry face reactions then maybe they'll stop posting things like that. I think its a better way for people to express themselves while on Facebook without causing a conflict. Or using vulgar language.

  • ashlyj-war
    10/21/2015 - 08:52 a.m.

    "Like" can be an inappropriate substitute for expressing interest in many situations. A good example would be if someone posted about the death or ailment of a loved one. Someone might hit the "like" button to show their sympathy for the person but it could also be taken the wrong way. The person who posted might then that the person who "liked" it likes the fact that their loved one is ill or dead.

  • sr-bla
    10/22/2015 - 11:22 a.m.

    My mom does Facebook. I don't get it. My mom is addicted,when i try to get my moms attention it takes her awhile to answer me. I wish Facebook was not invented.It takes more time from the kids. Let us all go on strike. NO MORE FACEBOOK!!!!!!!

  • makanip-
    10/29/2015 - 03:33 p.m.

    Facebook is a coo way to see diffract things in life

  • millykad-wes
    11/02/2015 - 12:33 p.m.

    The like button can be an inappropriate substitute for expressing interest because people are using it for disliking post and it suppose to be used to like post.

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