Today Facebook unveiled a new way to “like” anything and everything with their new Reactions buttons. When your mouse hovers over the like button, 6 different options appear. You can press “like” as normal, or you can select one of the other reactions as well: love, haha, yay, wow, sad, and angry.
So far I’ve continued to only “like” things. In fact, I’ll most likely continue to use “like” for the first 5 buttons, and I don’t see myself using the angry button.
However, I think the “sad” option is brilliant. Sometimes people post sad things on Facebook–maybe they lost their job, someone close to them died, or they got some bad news. It’s the type of news that “like” simply does not work for, but “sad” is perfect. It shows sympathy and compassion.
And yes, it’s no replacement for actually reaching out to the person, but there’s something about a mass of people expressing their shared support that actually means something. It’s a critical mass of people who have your back.
What do you think about Facebook reactions? Will you use them? Do you wish The Oatmeal had designed them?