It’s been one year since Facebook introduced its Reactions feature, and it’s safe to say that the buttons have really caught on among users.
In celebration of Reactions one year anniversary, Facebook is letting the world know just how much people “love” the emoji buttons.
The social network revealed that its users shared 300 billion Reactions since the feature launched on Feb. 24, 2016. That’s right, 300 billion!
This insanely large number should come to know surprise since Reactions have become part of people’s every day usage.
Released last year to the date, Reactions serve as a more accurate way to express how a user feels about a specific status or post. It also helps Facebook users engage on posts more than before. For example, it was insensitive to “Like” a post about someone passing away. Now users can let their friend know they acknowledge this news and show sympathy by tapping on “Sad.”
Facebook released five additional buttons alongside the Like that can be used on any post by simply hover over the popular thumbs up icon. These include Love, Haha, Wow, Angry and Sad.
It’s all about the Love on Facebook. According to the social network, more than half of all Reactions have been “Love” since its launch.
The day with the largest amount of “Love” reactions was on Christmas Day 2016. This past Christmas also marked the day to have the largest number of Reactions.
The Love button being the fan fav doesn’t come to a surprise considering how many friends use the platform to share the news that they got engaged or photos of their adorable babies.
With 1.8 billion people using Facebook every day, it’s interesting to see where in the world Reactions are being used the most. Shockingly, it’s not in the U.S. The country whose residents use the feature the most is actually Mexico, followed by Chili, Suriname, Greece and Paraguay.
Trailing right behind the top five is Costa Rica, Belize and then the United States, followed then by Brazil and Uruguay. While many users might not have been sure about how they feel about the expansion to the Like button, it’s safe to say that by now Reactions have been embraced.