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LinkedIn introduces the new emoji “Funny” to react to posts: a new way of expressing yourself on the professional social network.
The emoji Strange appears for French users
The new emoji reaction titled Strange (Strange in English version) is deployed on the platform, particularly in France, where some users can already use it. Although LinkedIn is a professional (B2B) network, the emoji reaction to express laughter was highly anticipated by users.
The laughing emoji is the seventh possible reaction to LinkedIn posts. As a reminder, the other existing emojis are: Like, thumbs up, support, love, informative, interesting. As you can see in the image above, LinkedIn made the decision to give the new emoji a central place Strange to highlight it.
This new emoji reaction was hinted at by LinkedIn in a blog post earlier this year, and then we got our first glimpse of what it would look like last May. Now LinkedIn is rolling out the laughing emoji to all users. Some don’t have access to it yet, but it shouldn’t take too long. Patience…
This new laughing emoji, good or bad idea?
The arrival of the emoji reaction Strange can be discussed. Some see it as a new way of expressing themselves and are happy to share what makes them laugh via a special emoji reaction. While others may be more skeptical and don’t understand the place of a laughing emoji in a professional social network.
What is certain is that reacting via emoji has become part of everyday life. People appreciate being able to quickly express how they feel about a post or message with an emoji that matches their emotion. And social and messaging platforms have understood this well: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram… They all offer emoji reactions either for posts or for private messages. The only risk to be highlighted: this can limit conversations between individuals, there is no longer a need to write a message since you can reply via a simple emoji.
New! LinkedIn rolls out the ‘funny’ reaction 😄 pic.twitter.com/bkEkZdUUhk
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) June 17, 2022
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