It seems like it’s only taken forever for Facebook to get around to adding additional responses to people’s posts. I think one of the most awkward things you can do on Facebook is when someone announces a death in the family or when someone is seriously ill that you had to LIKE the post or comment on the post to keep track of what’s going on.
Now Facebook has added five new options to stay engaged with someone’s post. Users of Facebook now have the option to choose love, LOL, wow, sad and angry. It’s still very interesting that Facebook hasn’t given users the option that they been asking for for years; the option to dislike something.
I think that Facebook is afraid that people will actually use a DISLIKE button. I mean what would happen if Facebook posted something, or if a person posted something, and a bunch of people actually chose the option for dislike?
What is the topic of the post had something to do with Facebook’s major advertiser, and now that advertiser is being hugely disliked? I think that would make a huge impact in Facebook PR department.
But to the new options that Facebook offers really cover the spectrum of people’s responses? I don’t think so.
In the basic nature of things either like something or don’t like something. In pretty much every contest it’s ever been conducted, there’s an approval or disapproval. In the case of Facebook, they offer a LIKE button, but they don’t offer a DISLIKE option. If you want to get technical about it, it seems like the difference between what Facebook is offered for not liking something is either sad or angry. Why can’t someone be indifferent and just not like it? It seems odd right?
So the new responses are available through Facebook’s website. All users have to do is put their mouse over the option to LIKE something and then the new options will appear; you’ll get a total of six different responses that you can provide. I’m sure this will help Facebook build a better profile about how you feel about certain things; not just LIKE’ing something.
If you’re using Facebook on your mobile device, Facebook has to be updated in order to use the new options. The Facebook application can be downloaded from the Google Play market, Apple App Store or the Microsoft store.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on Facebook’s new LIKE options, let me know in the comments below…