Facebook's New Reaction Action: What's Up With That?

This morning when I woke up and looked bleary-eyed at my phone to check my Facebook notifications, I saw something that made me blink and do a double-take:

Joe Blow reacted to your post.

What? He reacted? What the hell does that mean? Did it make him sick? Was it a visceral reaction, or more of an emotional one?

After some investigating, I found out what was going on. Apparently, now, we have the capability to like, love, laugh, cry, fume, and gasp on Facebook in reaction to people's posts. This kind of takes away the embarrassing situations where you want to show support for someone, so you want to give them the thumbs up, but you don't want them to think you LIKE that their pet died...yeah.

A lot of people are wondering how to make these reactions work. Well, they work on the most recent updates of the Facebook app on most phone platforms as well as on the computer. You simply hover over (or on the phone, press and hold) the like button, and the emojis will appear.

Then you just click on whichever one suits your preference.

There are a lot of mixed reactions to these reactions, ranging from eye-rolling to squeeing. Now, instead of clicking on one thing to check who likes your post, for example, you have to potentially click on five different things to see who you pissed off and who you made cry. But at the same time, it's nice to have some customization to tell people how you really feel.

How about you? What do you think about the new emojis? And are there any you think should have been included (I personally was waiting for a "WTF...?" type thing, but...)? Let us know YOUR reactions in the comments!

About Melanie R. Meadors:

A writer of speculative fiction and lover of geeky things, Melanie R. Meadors lives in a one hundred-year-old house in central Massachusetts full of quirks and surprises. She's been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on more than one occasion.

Her short fiction has been published in Circle Magazine, The Wheel, and Prick of the Spindle, and was a finalist in the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Science Fiction Contest. She is a freelance publicist, publicity coordinator for Ragnarok Publications, and the Marketing and Publicity Specialist at Mechanical Muse. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.