0 Have your say Facebook has changed its ‘Like’ feature, by adding five new emoji options in a system dubbed ‘Reactions’. The changes to perhaps the website’s most fundamental feature are sure to be a cause for great discussion. Users have long been requesting a way of expressing more varied opinions on posts, since, as Zuckerberg puts it: “When you only have a Like button, if you share a sad piece of content or something that makes you angry, people may not have the tool to react to it.”CLICK HERE TO ‘LIKE’ THE YEP ON FACEBOOKThe new buttons - five emoji-style faces for “love”, “haha”, “wow”, “sad” and “angry” - have now been rolled out to the site’s 1.5 billion users.Testing took place in various places including Spain and Ireland, but beta testers rejected a sixth button with a smiling face with rosy cheeks. Called “yay”, the response was … [Read more...] about Do you ‘Like’ the new Facebook icons?
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Facebook is again changing the way users share content on their profile pages. Now, if you click the Like button on a site or article, a post will appear on your wall displaying a thumbnail, a headline blurb and an option to comment. In other words, the Like button will now be functioning in the same way as Facebooks’ Share button.Previously, hitting the Like button on a third-party site would result in a link posted to a user’s wall and could very well go unnoticed by other users. The more prominent, better teased Like link will likely attract more attention from Facebook friends and ultimately encourage more visits to third-party content.Facebook has been working on updates to the Like button for several months, but will reportedly continue to support the Share button — at least for the time being. While the Share button may continue to linger on sites and news stories, it may be phased out before too long. Inside Facebook has reported that Facebook has … [Read more...] about Facebook “Like” button now “shares”
June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and both Facebook and the Facebook-owned Instagram are launching new options for users to show their support, from virtual stickers to physical art projects.Facebook is home to 76,000 groups that support the LGBTQ community — and over 1.5 million users already planning to participate in Pride events, which number over 7,500. During Pride Month, the social media platform will integrate new reactions as well as photo frames and stickers. Emoji reactions during the month of June will include a rainbow flag, accessible by tapping and holding the like button. “When you choose this temporary rainbow reaction, you’ll be expressing your ‘Pride’ to the post,” Facebook explains.Facebook’s profile photo frames often support monthly causes — and June is no different with a Pride-themed frame that adds a rainbow to the bottom of the image. Facebook users may also see animations at the top of their news feeds, with an … [Read more...] about Facebook and Instagram launch new stickers, reactions for #Pride2017
Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek, and Facebook is going all out to celebrate the occasion. In addition to temporary profile frames that rolled out earlier this week, users’ “like” options may have an otherworldly feel as well.While the “like” icon looks pretty much the same, save for some stars in the background, the Vulcan “live long and prosper” salute has replaced the heart as the love reaction button. Other options include Kirk (haha), Spock (wow), Geordi (sad), and a Klingon (angry).Not everyone will see the special Star Trek reactions. According to Facebook Messenger marketing lead Lindsey Shepard, they’ll appear for “some” Trek fans — meaning you’ve liked something Star Trek-related — in the U.S. and Canada. There’s no word on how long they’ll last, with Shepard saying they’ll only be available for a “limited time.”“In … [Read more...] about Facebook gives its reactions a ‘Star Trek’ makeover to mark show’s anniversary
Twitter’s testing of a dedicated GIF button first came to light earlier this month, and on Wednesday it announced it as an official feature.The search button, unveiled by the company in a blog post, will make it easier for Twitter users to jazz up their tweets and direct messages with the entertaining image loops.With users on the microblogging site sharing more than 100 million GIFs in 2015, and other apps like Facebook Messenger, Tumblr, and Tinder already including native GIF search tools, it’s about time Twitter joined the party.“Whenever you’re composing a tweet or direct message, you can search and browse the GIF library,” Twitter’s Sasank Reddy wrote in the post. “So if you’re looking for the perfect cat yawn or dance move to express exactly how you feel, just click the new GIF button. You can search by keyword, or browse categories of different reactions like Happy Dance, Mic Drop, or YOLO.”GIF search is rolling … [Read more...] about Twitter’s handy new search tool makes it easier to find the perfect GIF