Facebook finally changes its iconic ‘like’ button: Here are four things you need to know

Yesterday, Facebook rolled out five new icons known as “reactions” in order to allow users express sadness, surprise, anger, love, and laughter. These reactions are an extension of the ‘like’ button.

“We have been listening to people and [we] know that there should be more ways to easily and quickly express how something you see in the Newsfeed makes you feel,” said Sammi Krug, product manager of Facebook in a blog post. “Today we are launching ‘Reactions’, an extension of the ‘Like’ button, to give you more ways to share your reaction to a post in a quick and easy way.”

Facebook already launched a pilot version of the reaction buttons in Ireland and Spain back in October 2015, which allowed users to select from seven emotions. However, the “Yay” emoticon, which was present in the pilot launch was not among the recently launched emojis. Facebook users have reacted to this development by expressing their disappointment for not including the much anticipated dislike button which was clamoured for last year.

Here are four things you need to know about the reactions emoji:

How to find them

For those using the Facebook’s iOS or Android app all you have to do is hold down on the like button and the new emoji reactions would appear. You can then select the reaction of choice. In order to find it on a desktop all you have to do is to hover over the like button with your mouse.

You can only use one reaction emoji

Unfortunately, Facebook is limiting the use of the emoji to one reaction per post, for now at least. This means that users can only express one emotion at a time. For example, if a friend puts up a heartfelt post about a breakup you can’t be angry and sad at the same time, even if that is the reality, you just have to pick one.

You can change or undo a reaction

Just as users could undo a ‘like’ reaction by tapping on the icon, same applies to the newly launched reactions. No one needs to know your passive mistake.

Facebook will show the top three reactions to a post

Rather than show the counts for each of the reactions, Facebook will only highlight the three most used reactions on a given post. However, you can still see a detailed breakdown of who is behind each reaction by tapping on the reaction count on a mobile phone or hovering over the emoji on a desktop.

It is worthy to note that the update will take a day or more to roll out to everyone, hence, users are advised to be patient if they are yet to see them.

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