You just received good news and in usual Facebook User fashion, you upload a status that says, “I just got a million-dollar job”. Soon enough, the ‘likes’ keep rolling in as your Facebook friends join you in celebrating your new job. Nothing odd there.
Picture another scenario:
You got really bad news or you’re ill and you update your status letting your Friends and Followers know what you’re going through. You get a couple of ‘likes’. It’s odd this time because you are wondering how someone could ‘like’ your predicament.
On the other side, people ‘liking’ bad news may not necessarily be rejoicing over your downfall. Some see it as lazy way of saying, ‘sorry, you’re going through this’ or other variants of apology. But the same sentiments may not be received on the other end.
Thanks to the Chief Products Officer of Facebook, Chris Cox, a new way to deal with the ambiguousness of the Facebook Like has been introduced. And no, it is not a ‘Dislike’ button. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has refuted requests to adding a ‘dislike’button and the negativity it is bound to introduce to the platform, “We don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts,” he said. “That doesn’t seem like the kind of community that we want to create; you don’t want to go through the process of sharing some moment that was important to you in your day and have someone downvote it.”
Facebook is introducing something better and it’s called Reactions. It offers a range of emoticons/emoji in addition to the Like; ‘angry’, ‘sad’,’wow’,’haha’, ‘yay’, ‘love’. Reactions has already been tested in several countries like Spain, Ireland, Chile, the Philippines, Portugal and Columbia. it also works as simple as the ‘Like’button. On mobile, users would have to click and hold down the ‘Like’ button in order to have the Reactions pop up. Also there will be a tally per Reactions , just like the ‘Like’ and ‘Comment’.
Although no specific date has been set, word has it that the Facebook Reactions will be introduced worldwide “soon”.
So, what are your Reactions? Do you Like this idea or not ?
Don’t forget to share and of course, ‘Like’. 🙂