Rumors have been simmering for quite a while that Facebook was expanding its Like button to allow for a broader range of emotions in response to posts. And while a Dislike button was dismissed as too negative, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted a solution that could "express empathy."
Other than typing "Dislike" as a comment on posts about disasters, deaths or other tragedies that don't merit a click of the Like button, there's been no solution. But Facebook users in Ireland and Spain are testing one expansion of the Like button, called "Reactions."
Why Ireland and Spain? Facebook's director of product, Adam Mosseri, told Techcrunch that both countries' Facebook users have largely in-country networks of friends, so they're almost closed test groups. Also, while English is spoken in Ireland, the Spanish market will test how the wordless "Reactions" function with non-English speakers.
So what are these "Reactions"? As any teenager could probably guess, they're emojis. If the test in Spain and Ireland goes well, you could have images for "Love," "Haha," "Yay," "Wow," "Sad" and "Angry," along with the "Like" button, to react to posts from friends or Pages. Here's what they look like:
According to Techcrunch, Facebook will tally each of the responses so, for example, you can see if you made 23 of your friends sad with a particular post. What do you think of the new "Reactions" emojis? Would you prefer a simple Dislike button, or do these six new emotive responses cover all of the bases? Let us know in the comments below, and check back often to our Happening Now page for the latest news on Facebook, social media and everything digital.