FACEBOOK has come a long way from its original “like” — where someone used to click the thumbs-up icon to show they liked someone else’s post.
A “like” is pretty unclear as to its meaning, and that’s why Facebook came up with reaction emojis.
What are the Facebook reaction emojis?
Facebook developed reaction emojis to give people more ways to express their feelings about a post than the ineffective “like”.
Now you can choose between Like, Love, Care, HaHa, Wow, Sad and Angry.
Facebook warns against using the reactions creatively.
So don’t respond to someone’s post with an emoji that would give the context bad meaning because you might offend or be disrespectful to someone.
What do the Facebook reaction emojis mean?
The seven Facebook reaction emojis all have different meanings.
We tell you what they all mean and when to use them.
The Like button
The original “thumbs up” was the only reaction you could get when Facebook first launched.
It shows less emotion than other reactions, but it can mean that you appreciated or enjoyed someone’s contributions.
The love button
This reaction is a beating heart that shows support, care and love for someone.
You can use this emoji to express your feelings if you adore or just love what someone is posting.
The care emoji
This reaction is a facial expression holding a heart that was created when Covid-19 first emerged globally.
The aim was to show that people care for each other despite being far apart because of the lockdown.
Now that Covid-19 is over it is used to show that people are there for you when you post bad news or to show sympathy for you.
The haha emoji
This emoji shows a smiling face.
It’s usually used to respond to funny posts.
However, it can have another terrifying meaning, which is to call someone a clown or to indicate that they are making a fool of themselves.
In these instances, try not to join the crowd and possibly try to contact that person and let them know not to post such things online.
Or if the post is okay, maybe try sending them a message and asking them how they feel about the reactions they’ve received.
Everyone takes criticism differently and in some cases bullying can occur.
The wow face
The wow emoji is literally a little character saying the word “wow”.
It means you’re blown away by something – good or bad – depending on the context of the post.
The sad face
This reaction features a crying emoji, clearly showing that it is sad.
It shows that you are upset about something you saw, or to show that you genuinely feel for someone who posted something that seems genuinely sad.
The angry face
Angry Face is a hot-tempered emoji that clearly shows someone is angry about something.
People react with this emoji when they are angry about a message or want to show that they are really angry about something that happened.
Can I change the Facebook reaction emojis?
You can’t change which reaction emoji to respond with.
There are these seven, and you must choose one of them.
However, if you accidentally selected Sad, for example, and wanted to select Care instead, you can change that.
Just tap and hold your recent reaction, which you can find next to the comment and share buttons.
The other emojis will appear and you can choose which one you want to react with from there.
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