Remember the rumoured Dislike button that Facebook is working on. Well, Facebook is now testing out something call Facebook Reactions and its not really a Dislike button. Its using emoji to express other emotions other than likes.
The Facebook Reactions is a set of emoji displayed as a drop-down menu below the usual Like Button and will be available both on Pages and User Profiles. There are seven emoji for now: Like, Love, Haha, Yay, Wow, Sad and Angry.
Facebook is currently testing out the Facebook Reactions in Ireland and Spain.
Honestly speaking, I’m not a fan of this Facebook Reactions. Now instead of just having 20 Likes to a Facebook post, I might be getting 10 Likes, 1 Love, 3 Haha, 2 Yay, 1 Wow and 3 Angry. Is there really a need for a single button to express different emotions?
I know there are situations where Liking a post isn’t appropriate and that’s why Facebook came up with this Facebook Reaction. But how is a Sad emoji appropriate? Your dog passed away last night? Come, let me click on the Sad emoji. OH COME ON! Are we so lacking in empathy that we can’t even bother to spend a few minutes to type a few words of condolences? If you can’t even be bothered to offer a few words of condolences, then maybe you shouldn’t even bother clicking on the Sad emoji.
The Like button is successful because it is simple. You click on it if you like the post. If you don’t like it, don’t click it. What is so difficult about that? Why do we need to complicate the Like Button by adding more emotions to it?