[REVIEW] : Messenger: new shortcuts are available on the application

In recent years, social technology has been at the heart of everyone’s life. And each application tries to distinguish itself by regularly innovating its options. Moreover, this is the case of Facebook Messenger which has created new shortcuts in its new update.

Currently, this app has more than 1 billion monthly active users and it keeps finding ways to satisfy them. Indeed, the company has recently increased the effectiveness of messages, offering users new commands to their chats. This is to facilitate the sending of messages and emoticons.

Messenger: new shortcuts are available on the application

In recent years, social technology has been at the heart of everyone’s life. And each application tries to distinguish itself by regularly innovating its options. Moreover, this is the case of Facebook Messenger which has created new shortcuts in its new update.

Currently, this app has more than 1 billion monthly active users and it keeps finding ways to satisfy them. Indeed, the company has recently increased the effectiveness of messages, offering users new commands to their chats. This is to facilitate the sending of messages and emoticons.

Facebook Messenger adopts a new shortcut system

Soon you will have a shortcut system similar to that of Slack collaborative messaging. Thus, Android and iOS users will be able to enjoy shortcuts in Facebook’s instant messaging. This new functionality will make it possible to perform certain actions more quickly by entering a specific command which will then perform the defined action associated with it.

Let’s take the example of a group discussion. To mention someone, simply type “@” followed by their username. But it’s when you have to get everyone’s attention that it gets tricky. However, the company has thought of everything! Now you can type the shortcut “@everyone (all)” and you have the option “/silent” too if you don’t want your message to be notified.

When to choose “@everyone” and “/silent”?

The purpose of sending a message with “@everyone” is that all participants in the message group are notified. Indeed, the message will not go unnoticed because it will be widely disseminated. And it’s especially ideal to use for impromptu meetings or when you need an urgent response from everyone.

On the other hand, when you use “/silent”, the participants of the group will not receive any notification. This eliminates the worry of interrupting someone with a non-urgent message or annoying them at inopportune times. This one is very convenient for groups of friends who don’t have the same time zone. Aside from these two shortcuts, Meta said he’ll be designing more for the coming weeks.

Have your friends muted you on Messenger? You will be able to forcibly notify them

Facebook is taking inspiration from Slack and will add special commands to its messaging app. At first, it will be possible to send a notification to everyone or to deliver a message silently.

On Tuesday March 29, Facebook announced its intention to provide its messaging application with text shortcuts, a bit like Slack. Initially, two special orders are available. @everyone allows you to send an “urgent” notification to all participants in a group, /silent allows the opposite, i.e. sending messages without notifications. Later, Facebook Messenger will have other shortcuts.

@everyone, use with moderation

We all have friends who never answer. Thanks to the command @everyone, we will be able to force them not to miss a notification. To indicate that you will have to or ask what to buy, @everyone is the perfect command. It allows to circumvent the possible “mute” that some would have put, and therefore to affect everyone in the group. Of course, we encourage you not to use it all the time. She could quickly annoy.

/silent, for late-night monologues

Did you just get dumped? Has your best friend done you a dirty trick? So the function /silent will change the lives of the people you confide in. Rather than harassing them with 40 notifications worthy of a theatrical monologue, you will be able to send them messages without notifications, so as not to wake them up. Facebook also presents this function as a good way not to disturb loved ones on vacation, with jet lag for example.

Meta inaugurates “Shortcuts” in Messenger to better control or animate your discussions

Messenger will integrate a shortcut system similar to that of Slack collaborative messaging. Meta has just announced the arrival of “Shortcuts” in Facebook instant messaging. This new feature allows certain actions to be performed by entering a specific command which will then execute the defined action associated with it.

If it is already possible to mention participants using the at sign @ followed by the name of the person, Messenger introduces shortcuts @everyone (for everyone) and /silent (for silence). Thus, by using the mention @everyone, users of the iOS and Android mobile applications can obtain the attention of all participants in the conversation who will each receive a notification telling them that you have sent them a message.

As for the shortcut /silent, it allows you to add a message in a discussion in a silent way. If you’re talking to your friends at night, or when they’re in a different time zone than yours, the /silent command will allow you to send a message without any notification sounding to your recipients.

Meta said the rollout of these shortcuts is ongoing and new shortcuts will be added over the next few weeks to Messenger.

On iOS, for example, you will soon be able to quickly add a GIF to a conversation using the /gif shortcut, or even integrate kaomojis, these emojis made up of special characters (¯_(ツ)_/¯), by entering the commands / shrug and /tableflip.