After testing a new Like system for the past year, Facebook Reactions have started to roll out globally for all users of the social media network. Reactions are a new way to express your feelings about a certain post, because let’s face it, not every post is Like-able, yet you still may want to acknowledge a reaction to it. Starting today, you’ll be able to indicate if you Like or Love a post, or attribute a Haha, Wow, Sad, or Angry reaction to it depending on the content.
We understand that this is a big change, and want to be thoughtful about rolling this out. For more than a year we have been conducting global research including focus groups and surveys to determine what types of reactions people would want to use most. We also looked at how people are already commenting on posts and the top stickers and emoticons as signals for the types of reactions people are already using to determine which reactions to offer.
Facebook Reactions seem to be live on desktop and iOS devices, but not quite yet on Android or the Windows 10 Facebook app — but should be soon. Adding a Reaction is simple. On mobile, hold down the Like button while on the desktop simply hover over the Like button and then tap or click on one of the Reactions that come up. It also looks like Reactions are only applicable to posts and not comments under posts.
Now that Facebook Reactions are going live globally, how are you planning on expressing yourself on Facebook? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, and of course Facebook.[button link=”http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/02/reactions-now-available-globally/” icon=”fa-external-link” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Source: Facebook[/button]
Last Updated on February 24, 2016.