Even the most ardent Facebook addicts would probably admit that reacting to first-day-of-school photos and posts about what your “friends” are eating for lunch with the same old like/love/haha/etc. buttons can become a little repetitive. But today, it’s different: to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series, The Verge reports that Facebook is boldly going where no man has gone before by inviting select fans to replace their standard suite of reaction buttons with a lineup of Star Trek-themed ones.
“When we caught wind that Star Trek would be celebrating 50 years this month, it got our wheels turning,” Facebook Messenger marketing lead Lindsey Shepard wrote on Medium. “We wanted to mark this fun, nostalgic moment and help the passionate community of Star Trek fans celebrate in some unique ways on Facebook.”
So while liking a post still involves a thumbs up, it’s a starry one. If you really love something, you can give it a Vulcan salute. Captain Kirk will deem a post LOL-worthy, Spock will express your surprise, Geordi is sad, and Klingons are angry. But not just anyone will get access to the enterprising icons; according to Shepard, “people in the United States and Canada who’ve expressed interest in Star Trek or science fiction might see a personalized greeting from Facebook to mark the 50th anniversary of the series.”
They say "might," we say: Make it so.
[h/t: The Verge]
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