Rules for re­ac­tions

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By SCott Klein­Berg

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

The fate of Lion­head is dire af­ter Mi­crosoft pulled the plug on

— AFP re­laxnews

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