I have to admit, I was initially skeptical of Facebook’s decision to expand its reaction options from simply “Like” to a host of other emotions. But just based on observation on some of the larger Facebook pages I follow it seems that users are taking to them.
I’m in the midst of building a completely private WordPress website for a couple to share photos of their kids to their extended family and friends, photos they would prefer not to share on social media. My desire is to give them as close to a social media experience as possible, complete with “Like” abilities. What I didn’t know until yesterday was someone had created a WordPress plugin that did even more.
DW Reactions allows visitors to express any of the same reactions to blog posts as are available on Facebook—without being at all connected to Facebook. This is a perfect addition to any website looking to bring a distinctly social feel to their blog without bloating it with social plugins (and, in the case of the project I’m working on, connection to outside social networks is a negative in and of itself).
There is also a pro version of DW Reactions that provides statistics on how visitors are reacting to the website content. That’s a nice option, but the free version is probably going to serve all but the most data conscious website creators.