PSA: Facebook Updated Their ‘Like’ Button

UntitledIf you’ve been living under or a rock or, more realistically, been avoiding logging onto Facebook to prevent further procrastination from midterms, then you may have missed Facebook’s latest update.  In response to years of users calling for a ‘dislike’ option to complement the ‘like’ button, Facebook has finally responded by rolling out a whole new set of emojis you can use to describe your response to someone’s post.  The new emojis, dubbed ‘Reactions’, include six different options and can be accessed by scrolling and hovering over the old ‘like’ button.  While this update allows users to more openly express their feelings, many individuals are left wondering when they should use one ‘Reaction’ over another. In order to help those users out, 4E has created an Etiquette Guide to Using ‘Reactions.’

  1. Like: This is the same old button that Facebook users have grown to like since it was first introduced in early 2009.  While it used to be appropriate to ‘like’ anything from a cute picture of a baby panda to that profound life status from an old grade school classmate, you should be warned to use this button sparingly.
    Post to ‘like’: Your great Aunt Phyllis’s 1000th picture of her cats.
  2. Love: The ‘love’ button is a big step up from the ‘like’ button.  Prior to its addition on Facebook, you probably used to casually scroll through your crush’s updates and try to inconspicuously ‘like’ a couple posts here and there.  The new ‘love’ button is really a game changer as you can really show someone just how creepy and obsessive you really are.
    Post to ‘love’: Any and all of your crush’s old posts and profile pictures from 2008 to 2010.  This will not only show off your true stalking abilities, but will be a true sign of your love from him/her regardless of their old awkward photos.
  3. Haha: Remember how you used to write ‘haha’ every time you thought a post was funny?  If you’re suffering from sort of freak amnesia, scroll back to 2011 for reference (side note: you most likely also used the :P smiley during that time period).  With this new reaction, actually typing ‘haha’ is now obsolete as its inclusion as a ‘Reaction’ was most likely due to the Millennials’ pure laziness…
    Post to ‘haha’: ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING.  Think that video of a dog running into a glass door is funny? ‘Haha’ it!  And that really witty status that kid you haven’t since high school posted? ‘Haha it’! The ‘haha’ is definitely the most versatile new ‘Reaction’ so feel free to use it as obnoxiously as you see fit!
  4. Wow: Sometimes someone’s post on Facebook really just leaves you speechless.  Whether that’s in a good or bad way, users have never actually had a way to accurately express such sentiment before now!
    Post to ‘wow’: That ~profound~ political rant posted by that gov major who definitely thinks they’re the next Bill Clinton.
  5. Sad: Sometimes Facebook posts are just sad, ya know?  Clicking the like button to show your support was never really appropriate and sometimes commenting on a status for someone you didn’t really know was a little too awkward.  The ‘sad’ button now allows users to demonstrate how a post might make them tear up just a little bit.
    Post to ‘sad’: Any shared video about animal abuse set to a Sarah McLachlan song.  While you’re at it, you might want to get the tissues ready too.
  6. Angry: Ever read a post that made you really fired up?  Maybe you even posted your own status as a reaction to it.  Either way, after a long time coming Facebook has finally introduced an ‘angry’ button which is arguably a step up from the ‘dislike’ button that so many people had previously requested.
    Post to ‘angry’: ANY post that mentions Syracuse or Villanova and does not mention Georgetown’s superiority.

Photos/Gifs: assets-creativityonline.com, tumblr.com, giphy.com

New Emojis on the Block

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IOS 9.1 has answered our prayers. According to BuzzFeed, the new update comes with over 150 new emoji characters. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY!!

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These new emojis include:

The “Cheese” emoji: For when you really need a wine & cheese night or when you want to feel cheesy.

The “Taco and Burrito” emojis: Use them together, use them individually. But always use them at Chipotle.

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The “Sign of the Horns” emoji: For the inner biker guy or gal in all of us.

The “Middle Finger” emoji: FINALLY. Our society needed it. Now you can tell that super annoying person in your group chat how you really feel.

The “Popcorn” emoji: Finally, we can signal a movie night without expressing a single word.

The “Nerd” emoji: Very appropriate, given that it is midterms season.

The “Unicorn” emoji: ‘Cause we fancy like that.

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The “Poppin’ Champagne Bottles” emoji: I could have really used this one on the 21st…

The “Red Pepper” emoji: Use it in reference to the band or just a super hot food.

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That is only a few of them! Update to IOS 9.1 and see all the new ways you can express your emotions.

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Photos/Gifs: gifrific.com/; BuzzFeed.com

The 4E Guide to Emojis

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Here at 4E, we just have one question for you:

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And, of course, we know that you do. Emojis (or what the older generation refers to as “those tiny picture thingies”) can enhance any text or Facebook message. But, a problem arises when these little wondrous characters are used improperly. So, to make sure that everyone is using them correctly, we put together a guide to some of our favorite Emojis.

1. The Alcohol Emojis

These little guys are perfect for any party invitation via text. Whether you’ve already had your fair share of Hot Cinny Burnett’s and don’t care to type out the word “beer” or you feel like making your pre-game invitation special, you just can’t go wrong with any of these.

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2. The Chill Emoji

My personal favorite emoji is the emoji that looks like it’s just too suave for the rest of them. This can be used for so many different scenarios, but the best way to use it is when you’re trying to make moves.

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3. The Poop Emoji

We had to include this little guy just because someone at some point thought, “Hey, you know what would make an awesome emoji? A SMILING PILE OF POO!” But hey, I’m glad they did. Now, when I’m in a horrible situation, all I have to do is type out this single character.

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4. The Salsa Dancer and the Kissing Couple

Since the 4E bloggers are at the forefront of social and technological innovation, we know how to combine two emojis to convey the perfect message. Nothing goes together better than the Salsa Dancer and the Kissing Couple…

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5. The Sad/Shocked Emoji

This emoji works perfectly in situations when you really can’t tell if you are going to scream your head off or bawl your eyes out. So when you’re in this time of confusion, feel free to throw this emoji out there; the person you’re messaging will understand your pain.

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6. The Clapping Emoji

Sometimes, your friends deserve some congratulations. But when “congratulations” doesn’t suffice, give them a round of applause!

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7. The Spot-On Emoji

This is a perfect emoji to use when someone does something that is on point. Whether it’s a relevant comment in class or a solidly filtered photo on Instagram, this emoji can be used to commemorate the momentous occasion.

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Photos: wordpress.com, Fake-a-text app; Gif: tumblr.com