Emojis Are Coming To Facebook
Hot on the heels of last month’s announcement that we are finally getting a dislike button on Facebook, the tech company have unveiled more details about the redesign of its famous button.
However what the new plans reveal is it will not be a simple thumb down ‘dislike’ style button as we imagined but instead a set of ‘reactions’.
The new ‘reactions’ – imagine an animated emoticon – will be trialled in a small pilot scheme in Ireland and Spain in the coming months, and if successful could be rolled out across the whole Facebook network. The six new emojis will allow users to express a range of feelings including love, happiness, anger and sadness.
It’s official: emojis are taking over the world!
The Dislike Button Is Coming
It’s the one thing that Facebook users have been talking about ever since the social media revolution hit our screens. And now, it’s finally happening.
Facebook friends, rejoice!
Mark Zuckerberg was the one to deliver the news. At a Facebook Q&A, held at the FB headquarters, the company’s famous founder revealed: “I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.”
So why has it taken so long?
Zuckerberg said that, at first, they were hesitant to introduce the feature, as they didn’t want the social media site to turn into a Reddit system of up and down voting content. He said, “That isn’t what we’re here to build in the world.”
We hear you. The last thing the online world needs is to give trolls even more power to shame or bully others.
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But Mark says that he has realised that the demand stems from other social activities, and the need to express a reaction that is different from a ‘like’.
He went on: “What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment.”
According to the Business Insider, Zuckerberg says that personal moments such as a family member passing away, or the global news coverage about the recent refugee crisis, are perfect examples of how users don’t want to ‘like’ those posts in order to interact with them.
Facebook has been around since 2004, and it’s hard to imagine a world without it now.
Although the site is constantly updating and evolving, we’re sure this will be the biggest change to date.
By Laura Jane Turner