Show Us How You Really Feel.
By now, you may have heard that Facebook is rolling out new emojis that will expound upon the basic “Like” function that we’ve been so accustomed to since its introduction in 2009.
Regardless of the popularity of the Like button–which immediately pervaded pop culture and will most likely forever hold meaning for millennials, even outside the context of Facebook–time would soon show that one simple plugin to express emotion wasn’t enough for Facebook users. But I get it: sometimes, you want to interact with one of your friends online, but Liking their status or photo isn’t always the right reaction. While the Like has come to represent many things–acknowledgment, solidarity, agreement–it remains overwhelmingly positive and therefore prevents us from authentically sharing a range of emotions with our friends.
For months, there’s been a rumor that Facebook was going to introduce a “Dislike” button to help them convey a more negative emotion, which–let’s face it–is pretty common these days as we scroll through heaps of hateful statuses, offensive memes, and ignorant comments from trolls. I personally felt that a Dislike would be too nasty, allowing us to manifest our cynical feelings into one narrow outlet instead of accurately expressing ourselves. Enter Mark Zuckerberg.
On October 8th, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his company’s latest feature: a range of emojis called “Reactions” that will finally permit us to visually communicate with more flexibility than before. According to Zuck, these Reactions are “a more expressive Like button.” The Reactions are Like, Love, Haha, Yay, Wow, Sad, and Angry, respectively, and the post on Mark’s wall introducing them was brilliantly worded in accordance to exactly how I felt about having new emojis without being overly negative. He wrote, “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.”
Clever! I love how he says “express empathy” when we all know that it means insulting strangers and telling them to F off on celebrities’ walls. Classic Facebook.
So while Reactions is in beta now and we might see them stateside in a short time, I got to thinking, what Facebook emojis would we really like to see? Start the slideshow below to see the Reactions we’d prefer. SHARE this with a friend if you agree!
The new Facebook Reactions are fine and dandy, but these are the emojis we really need.