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Facebook Messenger copies one of Slack's best features

Meta is focused on improving the features offered by Facebook Messenger. A company statement confirms that one of the most used functions of Slack will also be coming to the messaging app in the coming weeks. It's about the commands, those interesting shortcuts that, according to Facebook, “ help boost the effectiveness of your messages and add a little more fun to your experience.”

Whether you want to notify everyone in a chat of an important announcement, return a friend's lunch money, or express your frustration with a well-timed “(╯°□°)╯︵┻━┻”, new Messenger shortcuts will get you there in the fewest keystrokes.

Messenger News In fact, the company has announced that two of these shortcuts will be available starting today itself, March 29. They are “@everyone” and “/Silent”. While with the first you will be able to attract the attention of all the participants of a group; the second allows us to send messages silently. Basically, opposite functions that complement the Facebook Messenger experience very well.

On the other hand, Meta ensures that many other shortcuts will be coming to Facebook Messenger in the coming weeks. For example, among them we will find “/Pay”, which will allow us to send payments through the application. You will also be able to see potential options for GIF images using the “/gif” command, and use “/shrug” and “/tableflip” to insert the classic emoticons “¯\_(ツ)_/¯” and “(╯°□ °)╯︵ ┻━┻”.

New features for Facebook Messenger are coming

Why lengthen something when you can do it in one fell swoop? In the coming weeks, we will introduce several new shortcuts that will help you increase your efficiency in Messenger, both for practical purposes and for entertainment.

These are just the first of many shortcuts you can use in Messenger, so stay tuned for more to come later this year.

Messenger News All these new shortcuts in the form of commands will arrive on iOS and Android in the coming weeks. Some of them will be available first in the United States, such as the “/Pay” command. However, the rest of them can be used by other users around the world.

On the other hand, some will be available first for Android. However, the company has confirmed that all the shortcuts will also arrive for Facebook Messenger users on iOS.

Meta also ensures that new collections of shortcuts will be coming to the application during the rest of the year. This way, we know that they plan to support the new feature for a long time. Thus, the company comments that it will continue working to improve the experience on the platform.

Soon we could see interoperability between WhatsApp, iMessage and Facebook Messenger, and it's all thanks to the new Digital Markets Law that has been approved by the European Union. On the other hand, the Facebook instant messaging app received functions a few months ago that alert when someone takes a screenshot in a chat; as well as others that allow you to send messages that disappear.