A new “Like” on Facebook

Hannah Bjorkman, Staff Writer

Facebook has recently added a new feature that allows users to share what they really think on a post. In the past, Facebook Friends have had the ability to only like a post but now, Mark Zuckerberg is introducing “Reactions,” the new “Like” button with more ways to express yourself.

Luke Sauer ’18, finds that the new update is, “a smart decision, I think it adds capability for their app.”

Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, launched “Reactions” on Feb.  24, 2016.

“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.” Zuckerberg said.

Diamantis Datil ’16, believes that the updates “are trying to make it more like snapchat, it’s more personal instead of just liking something,”  

Facebook Product Manager Sammi Krug made a statement on Time.

“For more than a year we have been conducting global research including focus groups and surveys to determine what types of reactions people would want to use most. We also looked at how people are already commenting on posts and the top stickers and emoticons as signals for the types of reactions people are already using to determine which reactions to offer.”

Krug also told CNN Money that making the emojis, “universally understood and equally useful” were their two biggest challenges.

To use Reactions on a mobile device, simply hold down the like button, where more emoticons will show up, and then choose the desired emotion.