Facebook adds Reactions and Mentions to Messenger app on Android and iOS


The latest additions to Messenger are two features that should have been there a long time ago: Mentions and Reactions. Facebook announced today that both new features will begin rolling out today and should be available globally in the coming days.

But let's take a look at how “Mentions” work, the new feature that's supposed to immediately notify someone he or she has been mentioned in a conversation. In fact, it's quite easy and if you've been using Twitter before you'll feel right at home.

To mention someone, simply type the “@” symbol or start typing the name or nickname of the person you wish to notify and choose them from the list that shows up immediately. You can check whether or not you correctly “mentioned” someone since when the message is sent, it will appear with highlighted text for others in the group to see.

Furthermore, whenever a person is mentioned, they will receive a new type of notification that is meant to let them know they were called out specifically. It will allow mentioned persons to reply faster to questions, as they will be able to jump right back into the conversations.

Keep in mind that everyone participating in the conversation will be able to see the mentioned person, and while all will be getting a notification like before, only the specified person in the group will be notified that they have been mentioned.

Message Reactions are even more important, as Messenger users will now be able to react to an individual message with a particular emotion.

Just like Mentions, it's very easy to use, as you'll only need to press and hold any message, and tap to choose the desired reaction (love, smile, wow, sad, angry, yes).

Whenever you send a message, you'll now be able to see how people have reacted to it in the lower corner. Simply tapping on the emojis will allow you to see who and how people reacted to your message.

More importantly, whenever someone reacts to your message, you will receive a notification to let you know who reacted and how even if you don't have Messenger open.

According to Facebook, Messenger fans can use Reactions in one on one, as well as group conversations. The new feature is taking advantage of the Messenger emojis and can be used to react on just about any type of message including videos, GIFs, stickers, or simple text.

source: Facebook

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