Facebook’s purple flower ‘thankful’ reaction button has returned

Facebook Thankful button
Faccebook’s purple flower ‘thankful’ button has returned for Mother’s Day.

Wondering what that purple flower reaction button on Facebook is? It’s the “thankful” button, and while you may have missed it before, it’s not new.

The “thankful” button originally appeared on Facebook around Mother’s Day in 2016. It disappeared shortly after.

An answer on the Facebook Help Community to the question “What happened to the Thankful Button?” indicated it was only meant to be a Mother’s Day feature.

“Unfortunately the Thankful reaction was available only for Mother’s Day and has since been removed,” a Facebook Help Team member answered.

According to TechCrunch, it is once again only here for Mother’s Day (which is Sunday, May 14 this year) along with other special themed features, like stickers and frames.

If you haven’t done so yet, clicking the “thankful” button on the Facebook Android or iOS app also launches a bunch of animated flowers.

Facebook Mother's Day Thankful reaction

Do you like the “thankful” button? Think it should stay a permanent fixture of Facebook? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Poll: How do you use LinkedIn?

LinkedIn

I attended one of Rebecca Mountain‘s LinkedIn classes this week and was surprised at all the things I didn’t know about using the social media network to its full potential. Like many folks on LinkedIn, I set my account up when the site was just gaining momentum back in 2005. I added my resume and some links and then pretty much forgot about it. I’ve gone back and edited my profile with each new job under my belt, but I’ve never focused on it the way I have with the more popular networks like Facebook and Twitter.

According to Mountain, who is a social media guru with a lengthy marketing background behind her,  I’ve been focusing on the wrong tools as LinkedIn is more important than Twitter and Facebook for professionals building a client base. She has a successful business with many clients all singing her praises so I tend to trust her on this. She showed me that if you use LinkedIn correctly, it can be one of the best tools in your arsenal at getting, and keeping, clients. That’s a huge tool we should all be using correctly!

Since I’ve obviously failed to see the importance of LinkedIn for myself until now, I’m curious how other people have been using it (or plan to use it). Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments. And feel free to add me to your network on LinkedIn at ca.linkedin.com/in/bmckechnie. I’ll be spending a lot more time on it now.

Can’t follow more people on Twitter? Create a list!

Twitter LogoI have a Twitter problem. It seems my follow to followers ratio doesn’t align with Twitter’s rules and best practices and I can’t follow new people until I get more followers.

You follow?

This has been going on for a long time and is an endless battle. You see, most people who follow you on Twitter expect to be followed back. And when they don’t get that reciprocating follow back within a few days of the follow, they unfollow you! Over the course of the six and a half years I’ve been on Twitter I’ve followed some interesting folks who share great content that I want to keep receiving in my stream. Of course, I’ve unfollowed my fair share to make room for newbies, but it hasn’t helped me get past that wall and I’m still stuck at the 2001 follow limit (the limit changes based on how many people follow you).

Then I discovered Twitter lists and all my follow problems were solved.

Twitter lists allow you to group accounts you want to follow without actually following each account. I find they are perfect for accounts associated with corporations, media outlets, and specific niches. I created a list of home reno/DIY related accounts called Around the House. This is where I’ve grouped the likes of Home Depot Canada, Mike Holmes, Lowe’s Canada, HGTV, Houzz, and a bunch of other similar accounts. I also follow other people’s lists I find worthwhile and have been added to many lists myself.

Creating a Twitter list is very simple.

1. Login to Twitter and select Lists from the dropdown menu under the gear icon in the top-right corner.

Twitter Lists

2. From the Lists screen select Create list just under your profile header.

Twitter Create list

3. Give your list a name, description (optional), and check whether you want it to be a public or private list then click Save list. You’ve now created a list.

Twitter Create new list

4. When you want to add an account to your list all you need to do is click the profile icon on the Twitter account you want to add and select Add or remove from lists… You’ll be prompted with a screen of lists you’ve created and you just need to put a check beside the one you want. You can also create a new list from this prompt if you wish.

Twitter - Add to list

Twitter - Your lists

If you created a public list you can share it with others who might find it worth following and use it as a tool to build your own profile. As a bonus, whenever you add someone to a list they are notified they’ve been added, which could also help build your followers.

Was this post helpful? Have any other useful Twitter tips? Leave a comment below, drop me an email at brian@bamcat.com or Tweet me @bamcat.