Facebook just released a new piece of micro interaction to extend their ‘like’ feature.
At first I didn’t notice it was there … as it lacked … affordance.
By accident I hovered over the like button on my laptop and after a micro-delay 6 options were shown to me.
Interacting with frequent features on hover is something I cannot think of doing anywhere else on the web.
People say this feature is supposed to be triggered off by using long press on mobile devices, which is even harder for users to discover, so has even lower affordance.
The misalignment of icons is something that initially got me when I first saw it and it jarred with my view on the interface.
Then I noticed the shadows and the weird look of the icons, which I don’t quite like and they seem to be just outside of Facebook’s design language on the whole.
This is a feature that Facebook has worked on for months as a company, so I’m astonished that they have come up with this as the rolled out solution.
Overall the thing I’m really worried about is that this features slows down my interaction with the system significantly.
So now I have to really think what I’m thinking about each post which I want to ‘like’.
That in turn makes me waste heartbeats and consistently, lightly ruins my overall experience with Facebook.
The fact that I can’t see the options up front also means that I have to remember which options I have in the fly-out which puts additional cognitive load on my mind.
It is also not necessarily obvious that the ‘normal like’ is ‘available’ on the click of it after the user hovers over it.
Basically, this feature just feels below par in terms of its execution and I’m surprised Facebook have rolled this out into the public use.