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2 new Facebook features you’re going to love (or hate)

2 new Facebook features you’re going to love (or hate)
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For years, Facebook users like you have been happily using the 'like' button to let your family and friends (and advertisers) know that you like their post, whether it's a cat playing the piano or a picture of their high school graduation. Yet, we've also been moaning about it.

That single button has never been enough to accurately express all your emotions, or reactions, to your friends' posts. If someone posts bad news, for example, you want to acknowledge that you saw it. But a Like button not only falls short a lot of times, it can be downright inappropriate.

Great news. Today, Facebook is launching five additional Facebook Reactions, in addition to its like button. Facebook's new reactions are: Love, Haha, Wow, Sad and Angry. Note: Another emoji that Facebook had been testing, Yay, didn't make the cut.

These reactions are available right now, although they're not immediately visible. To use a Facebook reaction on your laptop or tablet, hover your cursor over the like button, and all six Facebook Reactions will be visible. (See photo below.) On your smartphone, hold down the like button until all six reactions pop up.

Facebook Reactions

Facebook has been testing its Reactions for more than a year. It sent surveys to some users, conducted in-person focus groups and monitored the Facebook reactions that users typed in most often.

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