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What you need to know about facebook reactions

If you're like me, you were pretty excited when Facebook introduced more options to say how you're feeling about pictures, videos, and statuses that people post.  While this didn't include a wanted "dislike" button due to keeping Facebook a positive environment, the new additions were still pretty cool.

 As a social media manager I wondered how these changes would look to others and in the "Facebook Insights" feature.

It's a pretty easy concept for users. Hover over the like button if you're on a desktop (hold down the 'like' button on mobile) and you can choose from six reactions (Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry) These reactions give customers a whole new way to share their feelings towards content. 


Now to what I was really curious about.   How will the reactions translate into Insights? 

GOOD NEWS! An easy breakdown is here. 

In your insights, click on the post you'd like to review and check out the breakdown of your results. Thankfully, Facebook didn't just lump the rest of the reactions into the like category. 

While you can't tell which reactions were paid versus organic, you can see the total number. 


As a marketer, reactions give you a deeper look into how customers are responding to your brand.  It can also give your competitor's an insight to see what people thought about your posts before they try it.

This is just the beginning for Facebook reactions. Here's to getting to know our audiences a little bit better!

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Recent Updates:

Facebook Reactions have become an essential part of our online communication. Since Facebook introduced their sentiment analysis feature in 2016, users have been expressing their emotions through Reactions.

Reactions help Facebook’s algorithm to identify what content is most interesting to users. This data enables Facebook to show users more relevant content that matches their interests. Reactions also provide businesses with insights on how their content performs on Facebook. By analyzing the different Reactions, businesses can tailor their content to better suit their audience.

How Facebook's Algorithm Treats Reactions

It is essential to note that Facebook's algorithm doesn't treat all Reactions the same way, and the more significant or meaningful the interaction, the higher the content shows for other users. This means that Love and Sad button clicks might get more weight than Haha, Wow, or Angry reactions.

Some Parting Thoughts

Facebook Reactions add an exciting layer to Facebook interactions, letting us express ourselves beyond just 'liking' a post. Whether you're expressing sympathy or sentimentality, Reactions help Facebook understand what content is most important to you, enabling you to see more relevant posts to your interest. Taking the time to use Reactions enhances our digital communication, making it more meaningful and personal. So, go ahead and express yourself with Facebook Reactions!

Lizzie Williamson

Social Media Enthusiast | Dog Lover | Coffee Connoisseur | Louisiana, USA

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