Say goodbye to the ‘Like’ button, Facebook’s new Reactions are now available everywhere

We’ve known since last year that Facebook was working on a replacement for the Like button, which offered quick reactions to posts, but could be awkward when users “like” a post that isn’t exactly happy. Fear not, as you can now respond to posts in a much more expressive manner, and it only takes a fraction of a second longer to do.

Facebook announced today that the replacement for the old Like button, known as Reactions, are now rolling out globally. To add a reaction to a post, all you need to do is hold down the like button on a mobile device or mouse over it on a desktop or PC and watch as the expanded options pop into view.

The full lineup of Reactions is now includes Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry. Instead of the standard “like” notification, the person whose post you’re responding to will now see that you “reacted” to the post.

The company has been testing Reactions since last year, but only in a small number of markets. So far the response has been good, Facebook says, hence the global rollout. Despite the relatively small amount of new responses, the company put a lot of time and effort into deciding which types of reactions users need the most.

Facebook tested the reactions for over the year, using focus groups and surveys to build data around how people react. Considering the amount of different languages Facebook supports and the different cultures in which the social network is used, it took significant effort to decide on a set of reactions that would translate well throughout the world.

That doesn’t mean that the six Reactions currently available will be the only ones available. ” We will continue learning and listening to feedback to make sure we have a set of reactions that will be useful for everyone,” Facebook product manager Sammi Krug wrote.

As usual with global rollouts from Facebook, not everyone will necessarily get the new Reactions at once. If you don’t see them yet, it should only be a matter of time.

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