Using new Reactions and Mentions in Facebook Messenger
Monday 27 March 2017

Using new Reactions and Mentions in Facebook  Messenger

For the messenger app, Facebook has announced a new set of features. They have already started rolling out to users, and hope will be available globally soon.

Facebook, one among the largest social network, has launched Reactions and Mentions on its messenger App, which allow you to quickly react to individual messages and to call out your friends using @ tags.

Reactions in messenger is quite interesting. Messenger now allows you to respond to messages, stickers, videos, GIFs and emoji in both one-on- one and group chats with one of seven emoji: love, smile, wow, sad, angry, yes and no.

Reactions are appearing below the messages and you can tap on the emoji to see who reacted in which way.

Facebook officials say, the new version of the Messenger is completely a separate product, as main Facebook app introduced a feature called Reactions over a year ago.

To add a reaction on Messenger, open a conversation, tap and hold a message and select your emoji. And to remove the reaction, tap and hold the message and hit the emoji again.

Mentions looks annoying to use, but sounds more useful. It looks like designed primarily for group conversations as it allows you to directly notify any of your friends when you feel the need to urgently tell them something.

And if you have mentioned by any of your friend in a group, you will receive a new kind of notification, indicating you that you have been called out specifically.

Since this Mentions feature can be misused to annoy people by abusing it, Messenger includes an option to turn off Mention notifications.

Very similar to Facebook main app, to mention a friend in Messenger conversation, type “@” symbol and enter the first letters of their name or nick name, select the person from the suggested list and write your message.

“The introduction of Reactions and Mentions within Messenger is the latest update within the app to make group conversations better than ever,” said Facebook.

“Not only will people be able to react to conversations faster using our Messenger emojis, the update also allows people to catch individuals' attention when using group chat. We are hoping that this launch will make conversations on the Messenger app more fun and useful!”