What are the new Facebook Reactions?


After the successful beta testing on selected Facebook users, Facebook Reactions have been finally launched. The popular social networking site just got more emotional by adding five new sentiments. They redesigned the like button and added another feature where a user can respond to a post. Users can now react with more accurate sentiments such as Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry.

How to use them?

If you are using a desktop, you will just need to hover the pointer of your mouse on the like button, or just hold down the like button when you are using the Facebook mobile app. A set of new emoji reactions will come up; then select the chosen reaction.

If this update is not yet implemented in your Facebook account, you will need to wait for 24 to 48 hours for it to take effect. If it doesn’t appear after waiting for 48 hours, you can contact Facebook support group to ask for assistance.

Can I use the different sentiments more than once in a single post?

Unfortunately, Facebook is still committed with their one reaction to a single post policy. As a user, you will just choose the best suited reaction whether you’ll use the “love” or the “like” reaction to a friend’s cute puppy. You can either choose the “wow” or “haha” reaction to a viral video. Well, if we sum it up, it all depends on the appropriate choice you will be deciding and be ready for any reaction coming from other users.

OMG! I accidentally hit the “love” button to my EX’s new relationship status

Don’t worry if you screw up selecting a reaction, because you can always repeat the process to undo or change the reaction. Perhaps Sad or Angry would be more suitable in this case.

The top three reactions and the reaction count

On the bottom part of a post, you will be able to see the top used reactions and the total number of users who reacted to a particular post.

Facebook will only highlight the most used reactions by the users.

How can I see a thorough breakdown?

To see a more detailed breakdown, you will need to hover your mouse pointer on a particular reaction to know who are the people behind it (on desktop) or you can tap into the reaction count when you mobile.

Does it affect my News feed?

For now, the new reactions will be considered the same thing as a “like” by means of determining what stories in News feed will come up. Over time, it would likely change somehow. For now, Facebook is gathering data and evaluating when and how Facebook users use the new type of reactions.

Facebook’s News feed algorithm would likely change to become smarter on determining the user’s intention on why he or she chose a particular reaction.

How’s your experience toggling those new reactions? Let us know by sharing your comments below.


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