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Posted on
March 1st, 2016

Facebook Rolls Out Reaction Buttons

If you have been on Facebook recently, you will probably have noticed that the site has introduced a new feature which allows you to respond to posts in a different way.

The new buttons can be used to react to content on the site and include emoticons to for Love, Sad, Angry, Haha and Wow.

To access these emojis, you will need to hover your cursor over the like button and it will bring up the different options for you to choose from. Mobile and Tablet users will need to hold down the like button to bring up the selection of Reactions.

In October last year, Facebook tested a pilot version of Reactions with users in Japan, Spain and Ireland.  This testing stage usually determines any initial problems and how successful it will be when released globally.

Facebook said in their blog post; “We’ve been listening to people and know that there should be more ways to easily and quickly express how something you see in News Feed makes you feel.”

“That’s why today we are launching Reactions, an extension of the Like button, to give you more ways to share your reaction to a post in a quick and easy way.”

In the past, the company has said that the ‘Like’ button is problematic as it doesn’t allow users to give the right emotional response. For example, if one of your Facebook friends shared a sad or upsetting story, you would only have been able to ‘Like’ it.

Facebook currently has 1.59 billion people accessing its site each month from all around the world. With this number always growing, Facebook are constantly looking for new ways to keep users entertained and is one of the reasons why the Reactions have been introduced.

What do you think of the new feature?  Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter!

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