Facebook's kinda taking a leaf from the "Inside Out" playbook with this one.
Instead of offering up the "Dislike" button people have been clamoring for, the social media giant has decided to ramp up emoji faces with emotionally-relevant animation and attach them to six new reaction options for posts, in addition to the typical thumbs-up "like."
And the offering will (mostly) cover the spread of interest, too -- unless you were just wanting to straight-up disrespect your FB pal's posts, that is, in which case the "unfriend" option is pretty much your best bet.
Soon, you'll be able to respond like so: Like, Love, Haha, Yay, Wow, Sad and/or Angry.
Each of the icons will pop with a little bit of animation -- including the "like," which'll look the same for the most part but will actually embody a thumbs-up motion because IT'S THE 21ST CENTURY PEOPLE.
Mark Zuckerberg announced the upgrade on Facebook (of course) Thursday night (Oct. 8), writing that the company realizes the simple "like" or comment offering currently in place is no longer adequate -- because popping a "like" onto a super sad post is kinda awks, even if you're just trying to show you acknowledge and care by doing so.
(Thumbs-up for condolences, dude!)
Yeah, it just doesn't work. Which is why people wanted a thumbs-down option too.
But opponents of a "dislike" button have suggested it could be even more confusing and tricky to employ -- not to mention, it could become a tool of digital acrimony like no other. And since Facebook is all about bridging connections and not burning them, the reactions spread is a healthy compromise indeed.
"For many years... people have asked us to add a 'dislike' button. Not every moment is a good moment, and sometimes you just want a way to express empathy," Zuckerberg explained. "These are important moments where you need the power to share more than ever, and a Like might not be the best way to express yourself.
"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."
The new function is being tested in Ireland and Spain as of this week.
What do you think about the new Facebook reactions? "Like" or "dislike?"