Rules for reactions
FACEBOOK has launched Reactions, those new emoji that live alongside the Like button, and just like that we went from one way to sum up our feelings to six.
It’s not the dislike button so many have wanted – that’s never happening, sorry – but at least you don’t have to click like when a friend suffers a death in the family or is injured in a car accident.
Of course we never liked those anyway, but Facebook’s algorithm makes clicking something all but required to ensure timely updates are delivered to our News Feed.
You can still Like if you want, but now you can also choose Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry. And no, you can’t pick more than one.
But there’s a right way, a not- so- good way and a wrong way to use Facebook’s new reactions.
The usage and meaning of Like hasn’t changed at all. It’s a simple thumbs- up indicating you saw the post but devoid of any real feeling.
It’s the e- mail equivalent of “got it, thanks”. Use it as you see fit, just remember it’s not the only option now. But it still might be the best option.
For all the times you saw someone respond to a post with “wish I could like this 100 times”, that’s love. When a like just won’t do, there’s love.
It’s sometimes an acceptable substitute for OMG ( see Wow entry).
Love could also serve as a simple way to tell someone you care and are thinking about them, but Facebook would have to clarify the usage a littlee before that could happen successfully.
If your typed reactio n is or would be LOL or ROTFL or even LQTM M ( laughing quietly to myself ), then this is the e Reaction for you.
This is the one wheree I would advise extra caution. Wow is absolu utely broad and a perfect substitute for “a are you kidding me?” or “OMG”.
But it has the most po otential to be read the wrong way by the recip pient. Case in point – that annoying friend wh ho posts the most mundane stuff might be e the perfect target of a Wow as in “s seriously?”.
But like e- mail in gen neral, it’s easy to misread something wh hen there’s no context. So before you think you’re being sly and putting one ove er on someone,
Use it to show outrage and disgust toward a topic, not toward the person posting it t. I saw people in my feed using angry to r respond to stories about the water situ uation in Flint, Michigan.
I for onee am happy Facebook has moved beyond the Like button, but did it so that it’s not too jarri ing and overwhelming.
Reactionss are a work in progress, and that means their r intended uses are likely to be finetuned d over time. More could be added, and som me could be taken away.
Hopef fully Facebook will like and love our feed dback. Anything else would make us sad a and angry. – Tribune News Service
Besides Like, you can now choose Love, haha, Wow, Sad or Angry but you are just limited to one per post. – AP The right reaction requires thought – sometimes it’s better to unfollow than to react angrily. — AP
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