Instead of just hitting the “Like” button, Facebook has unveiled a completely new way to react to posts. Now you can “Like,” “Love,” “Haha,” “Wow,” “Sad” or “Angry” any status on the social networking site.
Yes, those are the totally stupid names Facebook gave them and not just primary school level use of the English language by me. Surely “Like”, “Love”, “Laugh”, “Surprised”, “Sad” and “Angry” would be more logical? But then again maybe thats just my OCD coming out.
I’m not sure how I feel about the new reactions though. I mean, Facebook has changed my thinking so that I either like something or ignore it… Now there are six choices so I’m going to have to completely re-evaluate my way of thinking about things.
Even so, I feel like the reactions they’ve given everybody are, well, a bit shit.
The traditional Facebook Like remains. You know, the one that people whore themselves out for in the form of sellfies, cat memes and humble-bragging posts regarding how great their highly curated online life is.
It’s a bit weird that four of the icons are faces and the first two aren’t. I also feel like Facebook are trying to get in on Twitter’s territory here with the heart icon. How is the heart any different to the standard Like button anyway? Like and love are essentially the same thing. I’m going to definitely use this reaction whenever any of my friends post a photo of their mom.
In a recent post I stated that LOL is the stupidest saying in the world, and that people should say hahaha instead to show when they find something funny. Facebook’s implementation of Haha here though is just completely wrong. Mainly because Haha isn’t a word. Do you tell people that you Haha’d their post now?
The Wow reaction is another one that’s out of place. You don’t feel wow by something, you feel surprised by it. What is the point of the wow reaction anyway? Do you really need to tell people wow. That said, this reaction could be used brilliantly for sarcasm, like when somebody decides that the world needs to know that their baby just took a runny dump in it’s nappy.
Is this supposed to be the dislike button, or is it used to tell somebody that you think they’re sad or is it supposed to convey your own sadness about something? If someone’s dog dies can you tell them that you “sadded” their post?
The angry guy looks like he’s angy because of the sunburn across the top of his head. I’ll use this purely for people who post daily photos of their babies and dogs; you know the rules.
What are your thoughts on the Facebook reactions; Do you like, love, haha, wow, sad, or angry them?