[/blockquote]After two years of research, Facebook has finally decided to expanded the Like button “reactions” in your News Feed. For the first time, you’ll be able to react to friends’ posts with something other than a gesture of pure positivity. Long press on the Like button and you’ll now see “love,” “haha,” “wow,” “sad,” and “angry,” and posts will now show the mix of emojis they’ve received. Unfortunately the much requested “dislike” button did not make its debut, Facebook says that the new mix of reaction emoji has proven popular with users during testing in Spain and Ireland. It’s launching today on iOS, Android, and the web.
During the testing, two reactions were removed from the initial list: “yay” and “confused.” In both cases, users who posted the reaction once were unlikely to use it again. (One-time “yay” enthusiasts mostly gravitated toward “love,” Alison says.) The new reactions are rolling out now because people in test countries all tended to use reactions similarly, giving Facebook’s confidence that it could roll them out around the world without confusing people too much. So now that we have the new “love,” “haha,” “wow,” “sad,” and “angry,” which of these do you see yourself using most?