If the New Facebook Reactions Were Realistic, According to Our Social Media Experts
Since the inception of the Facebook Like Button in 2009, the internet has rumbled tons of grief over the lack of a “dislike” button, prompting facebook pages, articles and even memes.
After years of complaining, it seems the social giant has finally caved in and came through, well, sort of…
It’s not quite what everyone wanted or was expecting, but it is something down the middle of the road at least. Ladies and gents, we introduce to you the animated emoticons brought to you by Zuck himself.
Zuckerberg shared the big news with the world yesterday from his account, the rollout of Reactions: moving emoticons that take the place of the highly requested dislike button.
“Reactions gives you new ways to express love, awe, humor and sadness. It’s not a dislike button, but it does give you the power to easily express sorrow and empathy — in addition to delight and warmth.” – Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook
Sounds great… if you can actually use them to represent the actual reactions we have when we scroll through our news feed, which is why we have beef with it. We suppose it is an improvement from the thumbs-up prison of yesteryear, but, frankly speaking, we’re disappointed. You can’t just throw up 7 generic expressions and expect everyone to be able to relate to them.
Sometimes there are instances that call for reactions that are a little (ok, a whole lot) more realistic. We all dissect our Facebook feed, scroll through posts and read updates that make us want those 2 minutes of our lives back. For every set of emotions we experience, there should be a set of Facebook emojis that display how we really feel. With that being said, our Social Media Managers would like to introduce the Reactions they would add if it were left up to them:
JMF Social Media Team’s Facebook Reactions
1. The TMI Button:
Because we do NOT need to hear the intimate details of your relationship. Congrats on finding true love for the 7th time this year but, please, spare us the hourly updates.
2. The Gag Button:
Thank you for sharing with us the effects of your Taco Bell meal and sudden irritable bowl episode.
3. The Nobody Cares Button:
Go away with your “I’m president Nixon, which president are you?” quizzes and Mafia Wars invites.
4. The Massive Eye Roll Button:
Reading about your 3-week anniversary on Facebook just made us roll our eyes so hard, we burned 10 calories.
5. The Poop Button:
Because sometimes you read something you simply feel the desperate urge to call BS on.
6. The Ulterior Motives Button:
Lets be honest, your post isn’t interesting and I’m only liking it as a sorry attempt at flirting. Don’t judge, you know you’ve done it.
7. An Actual Dislike Button:
Because, c’mon already.
For now, only those in Ireland and Spain will be able to test and use Facebook Reactions, but, we are looking forward to them here at home. What reaction emoji would you like to see? Tell us in the comments below!