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 it 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.
 
But Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, 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 been clamoring for the company to add a "Dislike" button. They argue that hitting the "Like" button in many instances, such as in reaction to a tragic news event, 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 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.
 
In order to see the buttons, which are available in the iPhone, Android and desktop versions of Facebook 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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COMMENTS (119)
  • jacobd-eis
    10/21/2015 - 09:13 a.m.

    Well I personally don't think that it is inappropriate. But some people think it is because they take it in a personal way.

  • stephanop-eis
    10/21/2015 - 09:19 a.m.

    I dont know i think its good they added new things to express yourself.

  • lblac-wim4
    10/21/2015 - 01:05 p.m.

    1. I think that this is a great way to show how you feel about something on facebook.
    2. I also think they should not be a dislike button on photos because this could hurt people's feeling.
    3. I would use these if they are available in America.

  • cgord-wim4
    10/21/2015 - 01:13 p.m.

    I don't know why people can't live without this new update. Now, bullies get a new way to get a bunch of oblivious innocent people down by leaving either meaner or rude comments about their photos. Isn't it enough we can just give a thumbs up to a photo that seems like it could help someone instead of showing how much you want to get people down. My point is that this update isn't necessary.

  • josephc1-day
    10/21/2015 - 03:51 p.m.

    I honestly think this is pretty cool. It is definitely going to be good for Facebooks company if people like the idea of this. Maybe this will give them more popularity. Showing full emotion on social media will definitely be a step up from what it is now.

  • sunl-nar
    10/21/2015 - 05:55 p.m.

    This is quite a good method for people whose feelings are broken easily. People like this can't really take emotional blows seriously, so these new options can make a difference. Instead of people just using a dislike button, they can express how they feel about the post better. This can raise morale for some people because they finally know how others feel. So, I really think this is a good way to express feelings on posts.

  • ethanc-spe
    10/22/2015 - 11:04 a.m.

    love that more emotions are coming

  • ethanc-spe
    10/22/2015 - 11:05 a.m.

    love it

  • trvorwoly-
    10/22/2015 - 11:53 a.m.

    This article is about Facebook helping people express there feelings with different buttons they added. It is also very interesting how they test it different countries first.
    CTQ: It can be inappropriate like if someone died you don't like that someone died.

  • hadensoly-
    10/22/2015 - 11:57 a.m.

    This is a great idea of putting different buttons other then the "like" button. If you feel a different way about the post then you should be able to show that with different buttons.

    CTQ The "like" button can be inappropriate if it is a post about something sad. You may not like the post but want to show that you have seen it and care about it.

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