The much demanded, much awaited, much expected changes to the Facebook ‘Like’ button is on its way to be unveiled in India, after it passes the test phase in Spain and Ireland. However, it is surely not the much hyped ‘dislike’ button. Rather, the Facebook Like button is getting modified. Cannot wait to see the changes right? Hold on!
Very soon you will find a new set of emojis alongside the Facebook Like button. These new emoticons will roll out under “Reactions” that will show six new emoticons beside the existing ‘like’ button, that include the ‘Love’, ‘Haha’, ‘Yay’, ‘Wow’, ‘Sad’, and ‘Angry’ emojis.
This exciting new addition will start off in the markets of Ireland and Spain as a test. You would surely want to know the reason why Facebook chose the above-mentioned two markets only for the test. The reason has been stated clearly by the Director of Product of Facebook, Adam Mosseri. Mosseri says that user-bases in both the countries are typically national instead of being international, which would be conducive to performing the test within a closed group. One of the markets is Ireland plainly because the Irish speak English, and the other is Spain which will show how much the non-English speaking user-base can relate to or use the emoticons.
Here is the video that Zuckerberg shared on Facebook, demonstrating the new set of “Reactions”:
Many of you might still have questions in your mind about the hyped ‘dislike’ button that was expected to be introduced in the social network. Well, using emojis for expressions is a more acceptable way than providing the dislike button! A dislike button would be more direct in hitting the emotions of the users, creating space for negativity.
There is no doubt in the fact that the emojis along with the Facebook Like button would offer a more familiar platform to the users instead of the hyped dislike button. However, Mosseri has stated that the changes are applicable on Facebook only and not on Messenger.