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Facebook’s New Reaction Buttons Are Finally Here

They added a heart button! RIOT!


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Well, with Twitter finally switching from a “favorite” button to a “like” button, Facebook has now moved on to something new itself—kind of. Now, when your mouse hovers over the like button, you’ll be able to choose several different options to express your Very Important Feelings about your friends’ cats and weird relatives’ political posts. Just in time for election season!

In order, the new options are the standard “like,” “love” in case like isn’t enough, “haha,” “wow” (or as I prefer to think of it, “oh shit“), “sad,” and “angry”—which will undoubtedly be used as a much anticipated/feared “dislike” button, despite one not being officially included. They’re available in both the browser-based desktop version and iOS and Android Facebook apps for users who have the most recent update (just hold your finger down on the like button until the animated emojis pop up).

Facebook has been testing the reaction buttons in Spain and Ireland and had a good response to this particular set, though they nixed a “yay” button, sadly. I guess even Facebook doesn’t expect anyone to be that enthused about something they saw on Facebook.

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