Want more ways to interact with your friends on Facebook, other than a simple ‘like’? Facebook users have been after new like options for years, and now they’re finally on their way. With Reactions you’ll have 5 responses to choose from – love, haha, wow, sad and angry.
We tell you more and show you what you’ll be able to do with each of them before they’re released.
Facebook Reactions – more ways to like
Reactions look like cartoon emojis and give you different emotions to respond to a post or comment. Just hold down the like button on your phone or with your mouse to bring them up on screen.
Instead of collecting likes, you’ll be able to see a count of each reaction you get – so as well as those 12 likes for that funny Buzzfeed article you share on your timeline, you’ll also get 4 ‘hahas’ or 2 ‘wows’.
Why has Facebook added new like options?
We’ve known this has been in the pipeline for a while now, after Facebook announced it was working on expanding the like button last year.
It’s all because Facebook users have been asking for more ways to react other than ‘liking’ a post, which doesn’t always fit in to sad or serious situations.
As CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: ‘When you only have a like button, if you share a sad piece of content or something that makes you angry, people may not have the tool to react to it.’
With Reactions, finding the response you need should be a lot easier – they’re all based on the words we use most when we comment on posts.
So when can you expect them? They’re set to be rolled out to the US in the next few weeks but they’ll soon be available to all of Facebook’s 1 billion users around the world.
What can you do with Facebook Reactions?
With 5 more ways to respond, our newsfeeds are set to look completely different. Here’s some of the cool new things you’ll be able to do with Reactions:
1. Love a relationship status, wedding photos or new baby announcement
Big news deserves more than an impersonal like. With the ‘love’ button it’ll be much easier to celebrate with your friends and family.
2. Haha at funny cat videos
Your newsfeed will always be filled with viral videos from YouTube or the LADBible. But rather than typing out ‘haha’ or ‘lol’ every time, you can quickly hit the animated ‘haha’ reaction to show you found it funny.
3. Wow at your friend’s holiday album
A great response to your friend’s stunning holiday snaps – whether you’re genuinely impressed or suffering from wanderlust.
4. React to sad or sensitive news
Use the ‘sad’ button to show your respect in more serious situations. Rumour has it Facebook scrapped plans to make a ‘dislike’ button because it didn’t cover this.
5. Use your voice with the angry button
With Facebook bringing the latest news to your timeline it’s becoming much more of a hub for discussion. The ‘angry’ button is a great way to get involved if you’d rather not get sucked into a full-scale debate on the comments section.
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