Forget ‘Likes,’ Facebook gives you brand new emotions to play with

Now you can do more than just Like that funny video. Photo: Facebook

Now you can do more than just Like that funny video. Photo: Facebook

Seven years to the month after Facebook first added a “like” button, the social network has finally acknowledged that there may be emotions other than a vague sense of approval by introducing a range of new emoticons — although, sadly, the much-requested “dislike” is not among them.

Facebook users now have the option of responding to posts with six reactions, including “Like,” “Love,” “Ha Ha,” “Wow,” “Sad” or “Angry.” These are available on both the Facebook website and mobile apps.

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“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,” Facebook noted in a blog post. “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.

To add a reaction, hold down the Like button on mobile or hover over the Like button on desktop to see the reaction image options, then tap [your choice of response.].”

It’s not known exactly why Facebook opted against a “dislike” button, given that Mark Zuckerberg previously announced the company was close to introducing one.

“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it,” he said last year.

With Twitter currently coming under fire for cyber-bullying, maybe someone in Facebook decided that it was simply too much bother to risk adding one. I guess I’ll just have to alternate “sad” and “angry” responses next time my Cult of Android frenemy Killian posts cat pictures on Facebook!