Facebook's "Like" Button Overhauled
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After years of studying the social media environment, including adapting to the rise in smartphone popularity, Facebook is expanding our "Like" options. I read about the new feature this morning in Fortune. Excitedly, as I've been waiting for a better way to "react" to my friends' posts other than "Like" or a series of emoticons in the comments section, I immediately tried hovering over the "Like" button on a friend's anniversary post. I was hoping to use the new "Love" button. But alas, while it is rolling out all over the world over the next few days, it hasn't rolled into my desktop or smartphone apps just yet.
Here's how it works. While the "Like" button will remain, if you hover over it, options will pop up. I suppose it's like when I hold down the letter "e" so I can select from è, é, ê, ë, ē, ė and ę. Only now, we get to select "Like," "Love," "Haha," "Wow," "Sad" and "Angry." Another option was in the lineup, but did not make the cut after field testing. It's a shame, too, because I have lots of use for "Yay." Unfortunately, it didn't translate well in other countries. "Dislike" also did not make the lineup, as it lends itself to online bullying.
I would have liked a "Seriously?" option. It could have been depicted with an emoticon that was rolling its eyes. I feel like it would have translated well across the globe. What teenager or parent does not overuse the universal eye roll? Maybe in a future update, we'll see my "Seriously?" added to the options.
For now, we'll have to make do with expressions of love, laughter, surprise, sadness and anger to more accurately communicate something that needs more than a simple "Like."