October 14, 2021
Facebook Messenger Message Reactions and Mentions

Facebook Messenger Message Reactions and Mentions Roll Out

Messenger Message Reactions and Mentions features come to the social media-backed messaging app worldwide, previously in limited testing in Vietnam…

Group chat is receiving a global roll out upgrade with the latest Facebook-owned app and desktop site. Message Reactions and Mentions are now part of the Messenger platform, already tested in Vietnam. Facebook’s familiar News Feed reactions now reside on Messenger and users can reply with a love, smile, wow, sad, angry, thumbs-up or thumbs-down emoji. Additionally, @mentions are now part of the messaging app experience.

Facebook Messenger Message Reactions and Mentions Debut

When inside Facebook Messenger, simply tap and hold on a specific message to pop up Message Reactions. With the emoji, users are able to express agreement, disagreement, or share an emotion about a particular part of a message. The feature works even if there are multiple messages. Message Reactions not only work in group chat, but one-on-one, as well.

Facebook Messenger Message Reactions
Credit: Facebook

“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,” Drew Moxon, Product Manager of Messenger, wrote on the company’s blog.

Facebook Messenger Mentions
Credit: Facebook

Much like Twitter, Mentions work with the ampersat operator, “@” to let someone know they’ve been mentioned in a conversation. Type the “@” and then enter the first few letters of a friend’s name and it will auto-complete. Once the message is sent, the @mention hyperlinks and becomes conspicuous.

“When a person is mentioned, instead of simply seeing that someone responded in the conversation, he or she will receive a new kind of notification that lets them know they were called out specifically. That way, it’s easy to jump right back in to the conversation to answer someone’s question or to provide a response.”

Facebook is currently testing a new Messenger thread look. Just about two weeks ago, Messenger Day launched, a Snapchat-like feature.

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