“If I could love this picture I would!”
Well, now you can. If you’ve ever felt limited in the way you could respond to a status, post or photo on Facebook, your social media prayers have just been answered.
Facebook Reactions will be introducing some new alternatives to the Like button, which is totally 2009.
The company will bring six additions to the thumbs-up stalwart – all in emoji form.
Angry, sad, wow, haha, yay and love buttons will soon be available to express how we feel about the latest engagement post (sadly there will be no vomit emoji on hand), cute puppy pics, and token “You think you know someone and then they just screw you over” statuses.
According to Mashable, Facebook worked closely with sociologists to select the images that best fit a range of our emotions. And while we weren’t exactly touting our generation as the Oscar Wildes of the last few centuries, if true, that’s a little depressing – wow, haha, yay? Really?
In all seriousness, this is a fairly welcome addition to the site. We’re busy people, and Facebook, as we recently learnt, is fast becoming a place where we mingle with acquaintances, not pals. So while we might not want register our condolences to a former classmate who broke her ankle but draw the line at actually typing our sympathies since we haven’t spoken in 10 years, for too long the Like button has been our only option.
Sure, a dislike tool would come in handy for these kind of scenarios. But having an option to record our disapproval would leave it pretty open to abuse. So, emoji it is.
It’s been a long time coming and we can barely remember the last time Facebook introduced a new feature like this – poke button, anyone? Thankfully that creepy college phase of Facebook has now been buried beyond all accessibility.
It’s already been tested in countries like Spain and Ireland and will head to the U.S and the rest of the world in the next few weeks, says Bloomberg.
Most of all, we’re looking forward to seeing how the new Facebook Reactions will be displayed; 23 people like this. 17 people were angry. And 4 people were… haha?