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Ireland the ‘guinea pigs’ for facebook ‘reaction test’

Social networking giant Facebook is currently in the process of developing and monitoring an extension to the ‘Like’ button, the only way until now a user could express any sort of interest in another post. 
 
Skilled technologists have designed what is known as the ‘Reaction Test’, with Ireland and Spain acting as guinea pigs for this latest novelty. 
 
The new reactions include love, awe, humour, sadness, and anger, and allow a user to express quickly and easily much more than the fact they ‘Like’ a post. 
 
If users are attempting a reaction, they will have to hold the like button on mobile devices or hover over the ‘like’ option on PC for the reaction options to appear.
 
According to Facebook’s product manager Chris Tosswill on Facebook News, the organisation will “spend time learning from this initial test and use that feedback to improve.” 
 
The idea was initially tested out by Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s Headquarters in Menlo Park, California, last month.
 
Mr Zuckerberg has resisted the urge from users to create a ‘dislike’ button on the site for years, but has decided to give users the opportunity to express themselves in different ways, as an alternative to the dislike.
 
The alternative gives users the opportunity to empathise with situations on the site where a ‘like’ would not suffice – such as a post about a sad event.
 
The new reactions are currently being utilized by social media users in Ireland with some individuals experiencing difficulties such as being able to use them on a laptop but not on a mobile phone. 
 
According to Reuters Digital News Report 2015, Facebook is Ireland’s “most popular social networking site and is the top choice for news consumption out of all other social media.”