Adding Emotions to your Facebook Status

Facebook Emotions

I want to know which genius thought of Facebook emotions so I can kick his or her ass.

Facebook emotions are little addendum’s you can add to your Facebook status. You might say, “I’m feeling happy!” or “I’m feeling sad.” Others many get more creative and say, “I’m feeling nonchalant.” Still others might cross the line with things like, “I’m feeling you.”

These can also be expanded to illustrate the media you are consuming, such as movies, TV, or books.

Color me unimpressed with this new “feature.”

LiveJournal had emotions in 2003. Clearly, we are advancing the technology of our times by harkening back to the past. My life was so much better when my friends new how I was feeling when I tapped out a typo-laden journal entry and tagged it with “Feeling Stressed.”

In a word where we are seeing media compress into free-flowing streams of micro-media, this is just another shameless attempt gather data to serve more ads. I’ve already seen some ads using this. When I was productive, I immediately got an ad for productivity software.

I wonder if people who are sad get ads for alcohol. Or antidepressants. Maybe they just get ads for ice cream and Oreos.


One more thing to update. One more message to share. All in pursuit of the perfect ad targeting.

Do you use Facebook emotions? Do you like them?

Let me know. I want to “feel informed” next time I go on Facebook.

8 Responses to Adding Emotions to your Facebook Status

  1. Claire Wagner April 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    What kind of ads do they show for :poop: ?

    • Jay April 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm #


      I’ll be here all week.

  2. Morgan April 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Hate them. Facebook has a new look or new feature practically every week now and it’s just TOO MUCH. They’re trying too hard at this point.

    • Jay April 30, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      They’re trying to be everything to everyone, which doesn’t work out so well.

  3. Jonathan April 29, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    I do not understand why such a low-quality feature was worthy of their developers’ time. Too much money and free time, I guess.

    • Jay April 30, 2013 at 8:59 am #

      It’s all about ad placement and targeting. And making the world have more smileys.

  4. Josh May 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Facebook- scourge and hope of the human race.

    • Jay May 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      I dunno. I heard of that Hitler guy.