There was the Like Button, there was the hashtag…and now there are emojis. Emojis are the latest craze to hit social media and texting. Not a day goes by that one doesn’t use an emoji to express their emotions. They’re fun, and help to solve the mystery of what someone is really feeling when they text ‘It’s fine’. Because let’s be honest, saying it’s fine could mean you’re mad, or you’re totally okay. But which one is it? You’ll never know until you compliment it with an emoji.
Then comes Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO full of original ideas, who also decided to take on Facebook Reactions. On Facebook, your emotion can now be narrowed down to six feelings to support your thoughts.
Below, you will find the Quick Marketing breakdown of Facebook’s new reactions, and what our thoughts are on them.
This is the original of the six. With the Like button, you’ll be presented with the other six emoticons to support your like. You don’t have to use them, but they are there for your convenience. Now Facebook will also be keeping track of your emotion count as well. The like button is useful. It gets straight to the point.
For the moments when liking something isn’t just powerful enough. Or, for those awkward moments when someone announces the passing of a beloved pet, friend or family member and you want to show your support but you feel weird liking their post, because you don’t actually like the situation. This is where the love reaction comes in handy. Without it, we would be supporting awkward situations for years to come.
“I JUST GOT A PROMOTION”, “I FINALLY GRADUATED COLLEGE”. Wow, that’s awesome. I’m so happy for you. Using your wow reaction enhances your like. That’s where wow comes in handy. It’s taking like to a whole new level. It can also be used for instances of sarcasm as well.
This reaction is for the lazy. The ones who can’t take the time to type “haha” or “lol” and need to use a Facebook reaction to show their laughing efforts. That’s pretty much its only use.
Really? There’s no dislike button?
Facebook reactions launched at the end of February. I wouldn’t say they’re a necessity, but with the popularity of emoticons, Facebook probably felt like they had to engage in this as well. Will they become as iconic as the like button? Probably not, but they do make the Facebook experience a little more fun.