Facebook Launches Love Button, Among Other Reactions
A month ago, the internet (including us!) was all in a tizzy over the idea of a "Dislike" button. Is the world ready for that much hater-ade?
Yesterday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he is test-driving his new model in Spain and Ireland, and the result is a lot different than what we speculated. The new reaction buttons, introduced through this Facebook post, are a series of six emojis - in addition to the OG "Like" button - to express the complicated emotions that come with Facebook posts, called "Love," "Haha," "Yay," "Wow," "Sad" and "Angry."
The emoticons were developed in order to react to the more serious posts on Facebook, where you might want to show support or sympathy, but a "Like" sometimes feels awkward. For example, if someone posts news of a death in the family, a Sad button feels much more appropriate.
Fast Company reports that the reaction buttons are similar to those used on the hugely popular workplace chat platform Slack (if you're out in the #Adulting world, you might be on it already), so Facebook's new feature isn't exactly reinventing the wheel.
Even though we all have to wait for the new reaction buttons, it seems like dreams won't be coming true for #TeamDislikeButton. But, you can whip out the "Haha" button when people post ridic fish-gape selfies and #HumbleBrags!