Facebook won’t be introducing a “dislike” button after all, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted last year. Instead the “like” button will be receiving a makeover, along with four new additions.
Years of debate over whether or not Facebook should introduce a thumbs down version to the popular icon prompted the social network to trial the dislike button. We now have a glimpse of the trial’s results.
In an exclusive interview with Bloomberg, Facebook chief product officer, Chris Cox, revealed that the social network will keep the like button, give it a slight make over and add other common reactions that one can use to better express their opinion of posts.
The like button is Facebook’s most recognised icon after the blue and white “f” logo. It’s also used six billion times a day by users across the world, so the key to tweaking it was to do it without eliminating an important branding feature and alienating users altogether.
“This was a feature that was right in the heart of the way you use Facebook, so it needed to be executed really well in order to not detract and clutter up the experience,” Cox told the news site.
In future, you’ll see the like button and when you press and hold it down, you’ll see four other emotions or expressions that you can use including “haha”, “shock”, love and “wow”.
There is however, no actual dislike button, the closest you’ll get to any negative emotion is through the sad and angry buttons.
The buttons were decided upon after Cox and Facebook researchers at the company headquarters brainstormed the most frequent responses seen on the social network and narrowed all the possibilities to the last four.
“Yay” was also meant to be part of the new line up, but was rejected after Cox and his team because it was not universally understood, according to them. Have a look below.
Cox said the new buttons would be introduced soon, but did not give a precise date.[Source – Bloomberg, image – CC Katie Sayer]