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Meta introduces shortcuts on Messenger

BL Mumbai Bureau | Updated on: Mar 30, 2022

FILE PHOTO: A man stands in front of a sign of Meta, the new name for the company formerly known as Facebook, at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S. October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria//File Photo | Photo Credit: Carlos Barria

Two of them are now available on Android and iOS — the @everyone and /silent shortcuts

Meta is introducing shortcuts on Messenger, a new command system to make messaging more efficient. The platform is starting with two new shortcuts available on Android and iOS-the @everyone and /silent shortcuts.

The @everyone shortcut lets users send messages to all participants in the chat simultaneously.

“When you start a message, all participants in the chat will be notified. @everyone is perfect for group reminders, impromptu get-togethers or when you need to gather the braintrust to crowdsource an answer to a time-sensitive question. This way, your message gets maximum exposure, and nobody misses out,” it said in a blog post.

When a user uses the /silent shortcut, the members of their chat will not receive a notification of your message at all. It is also available on Instagram as “@silent.”

“Sending a message with /silent removes the anxiety of interrupting someone with a non-urgent pop-up notification or disturbing them during their off hours,” it said.

In the coming weeks, it will be introducing several new shortcuts including /Pay (coming soon to iOS and Android for Messenger in the US) and /gif (coming soon on iOS).

The /pay shortcut will make it easier to send and receive money right in a user’s one-on-one Messenger chats. 

The /gif shortcut will help users easily find and send GIFs. 

It will also be introducing the /shrug and /tableflip shortcuts to easily create old school text-based shrug and tableflip emoticons.

Published on March 30, 2022
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