As of today, Facebook has given us all the more reason to truly express ourselves online. If you’re used to mindlessly liking everyone’s content, things just became slightly more complicated. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to give us even more feelings to choose from.
For a long time, many people were under the impression that the ‘Dislike’ button was coming soon, but Zuckerberg wanted to incorporate a wide range of responses in order to make this feature universal.
“Our community has been asking for a dislike button for years, but not because people want to tell friends they don't like their posts. People wanted to express empathy and make it comfortable to share a wider range of emotions,” said Zuckerberg via Facebook.
According to The Verge, Newsfeed Engineering Director Tom Alison explained, “Everyone's had one of these posts in News Feed where they're like, I want to respond in some way, but 'like' doesn't feel appropriate at all.”
Yeah, I’ve definitely had those moments. I don’t want to ‘like’ someone’s post about a controversial or devastating topic. In order to create the new set of reactions, Facebook analyzed the most-used one-word responses on friends’ posts.
Wow, haha; love it. However, now we have to spend twice as much time deciding how we really feel.
Also, is it going to be offensive now if people only like your profile picture when they could LOVE it?!