24 Mar 2017
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Tap into your emotions with Facebook Messenger's new features

By Julia Gabel

Messenger has cemented itself as a core app in devices around the world and now it has evolved even more with the introduction of two new features.

If you find yourself stuck for words to show how happy you are, Facebook's new addition of Message Reactions aims to make communicating online more convenient.

Message Reactions convey your emotional response to a previous message, video, sticker, GIF or even an emoji. Choose your response from love, smile, wow, sad, angry, yes and no reactions.

If you want to get a general reaction to your suggestion or find out how many people are tallied in the bottom corner of the message, you’ll be able to do so with this new update.

Messsenger Reactions pop up as notifications on the front screen of your phone if the app isn't open.

If that's not enough, Facebook introduced Mentions as well. A way to directly notify someone when they've been mentioned in a conversation.  Use "@"  or just start typing their name and select them from the list.

A Mentions notification is hard to miss with an emoji and a note saying you've been called out in a conversation and by who. All other participants in the conversation can see that you've been mentioned. However, just like other notifications, they can be turned off.

The new features can be used professionally too as apart of Work Chat for Workplace, Facebook's communications platform for organisations.

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