LinkedIn Reactions Go Beyond the Simple 'Like', Aping Facebook

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LinkedIn Reactions Go Beyond the Simple 'Like', Aping Facebook

LinkedIn’s new reactions are more professional than personal

Highlights
  • LinkedIn now has a total of five reactions
  • The reactions are more business-friendly than Facebook’s
  • Users can react to posts by people in their network in these new ways

Facebook has allowed users to add reactions beyond the basic ‘like' for a while now, and even allows reactions in comments. The feature has been popular, since it's offered users a way to more appropriately react to a particular status or post, rather than simply hitting ‘like' for everything. Following Facebook's lead is Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, which is popular for its career and business-focused approach to social networking. LinkedIn now also allows for reactions, although these are quite different to the ones on Facebook.

LinkedIn already allowed users to like posts, but has now added four additional reactions. Users can now react to posts with ‘celebrate', ‘love', ‘insightful', and ‘curious', which are admittedly more business-centric and fit in better with LinkedIn's focus on helping users build career and business contacts. Of course, the easiest reaction is still ‘like' which only takes a tap or a click, but like on Facebook, a long-press or hovering over the icon will allow users to see the additional reactions.

The reactions are quite appropriate for the kind of posts you would typically see on LinkedIn. For example, the ‘celebrate' reaction can be used for career milestones, such as starting a new job or completing a number of years at a particular job. Similarly, the ‘insightful' and ‘curious' reactions would work in situations where a post goes into details on a professional venture or anecdote. Of course, like on Facebook, most users will likely continue to go with the ‘like' option, simply for its ease of use.

The social networking service has started to roll out the feature today, but it will likely be a while before all users around the world see the ability to react to posts beyond the ‘like' option. Eventually, reactions will be available both on the Web, as well as through the mobile apps for various platforms.

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Ali Pardiwala

Ali has over eight years of experience in the technology space, specialising in writing about all kinds of audio gear and TVs. He’s reviewed all kinds of headphones, speakers, audio gear, and televisions over the years, and is the in-house expert on all gadgets with screens and audio drivers. He is of the firm belief that truly wireless earphones are the future, and will always recommend a 4K TV, but not necessarily a smart TV. In his spare time, Ali likes to watch TV shows and movies ...More

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