First aired on 8 September 1966, popular science fiction tv show, Star Trek, yesterday celebrated its 50th anniversary. To commemorate the great success of Star Trek, Facebook yesterday released Star Trek-themed custom reactions on the social network. Instead of the regular blue thumbs up, sad and haha reactions, Facebook replaced them with a laughing Captain Kirk, a sad and crying Geordi Laforge and an angry Klingon along with a Spock hand. Although, a lot of people are arguing why of all characters from Star Trek, Facebook chose Spock, the most emotionless character, for a reaction . But considering that Spock is also one of the most popular characters of Star Trek, it is kind of understandable. Also Read - How to hide likes on Instagram, Facebook if you don't want social media validationAlso Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsApp
While Facebook s Star Trek-themed reactions are winning hearts all over, there is a catch. Not everyone has received the update and they are still seeing the old and regular reactions. If you are one of them, there are two reasons why you are unable to enjoy these new reactions. First of all, as cruel and unfair Facebook can be, the update is available only for users in the US and Canada, and only for a limited time. Secondly, the Star Trek reactions wouldn t show up for a lot of users in the US and Canada too. But a little trick can help you get those. So, if you live in the lucky land of US or Canada, you might have to prove your love for the sci-fi show. For many people who couldn t see the reactions, liking the official Facebook Pages of Star Trek classic TV show, movie and the Next Generation, helped. Also Read - Facebook is finally bringing 'smart glasses' in collaboration with Ray-Ban
Along with the reactions, Facebook users in the US and Canada also got an option of a number of Trek-themed frames, which users could set as their temporary profile picture. (I can not stress enough how unfair this is!). That s not all, Facebook also constructed the iconic Star Trek ship, Enterprise, using paper, which were used in profile frame invitation. Facebook s Lindsay Shephard, shared the entire process of the social network s internal design team building the papercraft Enterprise, with stage by stage images of the paper ship. Also read: Mark Zuckerberg s initiative invests $50 million in Indian tech firm Byju s
“When we caught wind that Star Trek would be celebrating 50 years this month, it got our wheels turning. We wanted to mark this fun, nostalgic moment and help the passionate community of Star Trek fans celebrate in some unique ways on Facebook. On September 8, 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,” she wrote in a post.
Presently, the Roddenberry entertainment company, the original creators of the Star Trek series, are working on the sequel of the series, the Star Trek: Discovery. In a bid to promote the sequel beforehand and to bring up the excitement among the fans, the @Roddenberry account, which is the official account of the entertainment company of the late Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, had hinted that Apple s virtual assistant Siri may soon get the voice of Star Trek s computer on the iconic fictional spacecraft, the Enterprise. Since the post went up just a couple of days before the Apple event was held, people were expecting it to be announced at the event, but that didn t happen! However, we are still excited for the Star Trek and Siri patch up, it s going to be so cool!