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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  • danielles1-wes
    11/02/2015 - 12:33 p.m.

    The like button could be inappropriate because someone got kidnapped it could offend the parents of the child that got kidnapped.

  • savannahm-gon
    12/07/2015 - 03:57 p.m.

    There thinks about dislike or even emoji's to show there expresses abut what they think about the post

  • chawmyat-eri
    1/23/2016 - 06:59 a.m.

    I also think in that way.We can't see the faces of users when they press the 'Like' button.Maybe,they think that it's the duty to press 'Like' after seeing photos or status.They won't think or remember about these just a few seconds later.

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