Facebook Messenger app is getting new shortcut commands on its platform. The Meta owned messenger app has introduced a new @everyone functionality that works similar to Slack. It notifies all chat participants when a message is received. The new functionality is ideal for group reminders, get-togethers and more. Android and iOS users can also use Facebook Messenger to send GIFs and ASCII emoticons. The new commands and shortcuts are intended to boost messaging efficiency
While announcing the new features and shortcuts Meta owned Messenger app said, “We’re excited today to introduce shortcuts on Messenger, a new command system to help supercharge your messaging efficiency and add a little extra fun to your experience. Whether you want to notify everyone in a chat of an important announcement, pay a friend back for lunch or express your frustration with a timely “(╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻”, Messenger’s new shortcuts will get you there in the shortest number of keystrokes.”
The @everyone and /silent shortcuts are now available for Messenger users on iOS and Android. Everyone in the chat will be notified if you start a message with @everyone. @everyone is ideal for group reminders, spontaneous get-togethers, or crowdsourcing an answer to a time-sensitive question. Your message will get the most exposure this way, and no one will be left out.
The members of your chat will not receive any notification of your message if you use /silent (also available on Instagram as “@silent”). Sending a message with /silent removes the fear of disturbing someone during their off-hours or interrupting them with a non-urgent pop-up notification.
The Messenger app will be introducing several new shortcuts in the coming weeks that will help you increase your efficiency in Messenger for both practical and entertaining purposes.
Messenger’s new /pay shortcut makes it even easier to send and receive money right in your one-on-one Messenger chats (coming soon to iOS and Android for Messenger fans in the US). Simply type /pay to securely send or request money with no fees – ideal for quickly paying a friend for dinner or getting reimbursed for a ride.
Soon iOS users will be able to use the /gif shortcut to quickly find and send the perfect GIF – simply type /gif and your chosen topic to see your gif options appear.
Rather than struggling to type each emoticon (or having to find it online to copy and paste), simply type /shrug or /tableflip into your message to add your preferred emoticons. This feature will be rolled out to iOS soon.
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