August 13, 2022
How to use Facebook’s new Reactions


By now you’ve probably heard that Facebook has added more Reactions besides ‘Like’, with most users around the world having access to the new functionality. There are six reactions in all – in addition to the now familiar thumbs up ‘like’, you can ‘love’ a status or photo, put a laughing face ‘haha’ reaction, or an open-mouthed ‘wow’, or ‘sad’ can. ‘ or ‘angry’ response.

These are also very easy to use – here’s how it works:

on your phone

  1. Find a status or photo or other post to respond to.
  2. Tap and hold the Like button for a few seconds.
  3. You’ll see a pop-up with all six options – tap the one you want to add.
    You have now added to the response. You’ll notice that the thumbs up icon changes with the response you’ve selected, so you can quickly see if a post has been liked, liked, or liked.
  4. To convert it to another reaction instead, simply repeat steps 2 and 3. To delete a reaction entirely, tap on the icon of the reaction on the post.

on your computer

  1. Find a status or photo or other post to respond to.
  2. Hover the mouse over the Like button for a few seconds.
  3. You’ll see a pop-up with all six options – tap the one you want to add.
    You have now added to the response. You’ll notice that the thumbs up icon changes with the response you’ve selected, so you can quickly see if a post has been liked, liked, or liked.
  4. To convert it to another reaction instead, simply repeat steps 2 and 3. To remove a response completely, click on the icon of the reaction on the post.

That’s all there is to it, but a few things should be kept in mind. First, it’s still being rolled out globally — so if you don’t see it on your computer or phone right away, don’t worry, you’ll probably have the option soon.

Second, responses tend to be a bit more complicated than a simple one, which used to be an easy way to get a post accepted. Now, clicking ‘Like’ on some bad news would look really rude because you could have used a sad reaction instead. So before reacting to any post, think about what would be most appropriate.

And third, Facebook also said it will use Reactions to track user behavior and for ad delivery – so get ready for an even more ‘personalised’ experience on Facebook.

That’s about it, what do you think? ‘Like’, ‘Love’, or ‘Anger’? Let us know through comment.

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