In a continuous push for better and more engaging conversations, Facebook is introducing reactions and mentions for its Messenger app for its billion users.
First up is the new Message reactions. These are the same you are pretty familiar with on Facebook. Long tap on a message will let you choose between love, smile, wow, sad, angry, yes and no emojis.
Secondly, If you are in a group conversation and want someone’s attention, simply type the “@” symbol or start typing the first few letters of the name or nickname of the person you want to notify and select them from the list. These are Messenger mentions and work pretty much the same as in Slack or quoted replies on WhatsApp etc.
Message Reactions are the ability to react to an individual message with a specific emotion, quickly showing acknowledgement or expressing how you feel in a lightweight way. For example, if someone messages a photo of their cute pet, you could respond with the love reaction. Or, if someone is trying to coordinate dinner plans, you could easily respond with a yes or no reaction to indicate your preferences.
Mentions is a way to directly notify someone when they’ve been mentioned in a conversation. To mention someone, type the “@” symbol or start typing the first few letters of the name or nickname of the person you want to notify and select them from the list.
Both features will begin rolling out today and will be available globally in the coming days on iOS and Android. Windows 10 Mobile may or may not see it, as usual.
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