The Messenger software from Meta, formerly known as Facebook, now has a number of new Shortcuts. Users will be able to give commands in the chat box,
such as secretly sending a message, alerting everyone in a group, sending GIFs, and sending emoticons, thanks to the company’s new shortcut features.
“You probably know that entering “@” and a person’s name will tag that specific person in the chat,” the business wrote in its most recent blog post. What
about, though, when you’re trying to get everyone’s attention? Or perhaps you just want to express a concept and don’t require a reaction right away?
Users can include everyone in the group by typing @everyone in the Shortcuts feature. It can serve as a reminder for an earlier message or even as a call to
action for the group. When you need to assemble the brainpower to crowdsource an answer to a pressing subject, @everyone is ideal for group reminders,
spontaneous get-togethers, or when you need to attract everyone’s attention. This ensures that everyone sees your message and that no one is left out,
according to a blog post from Facebook Messenger.
Utilizing the /silent option is a further intriguing feature. When you don’t want the recipient to receive any notifications at all, this function may be useful. You
can use this function to send a silent message if you and your pals are in different time zones or if it is late and you don’t want to wake them up.
An upcoming feature called /Pay for iOS and Android users in the US
With our new /pay shortcut, sending and receiving money within private Messenger chats is now much simpler. For a quick way to pay a friend for dinner or
get paid back for a ride, just write /pay to transfer or request money securely and fee-free.
The new /Pay shortcut in Messenger promises to make sending and receiving money within private Messenger discussions even simpler. Users can instantly
pay a friend for dinner or request payment for a ride by just typing /pay to send or request money securely and without any fees.
Select the Manner and Timing of Your Appearance
You Are Probably Already Aware that Entering “@” Followed by A Person’s Name Will Tag Them Specifically in The Chat. What About, Though, when You’re
Trying to Get Everyone’s Attention? or Perhaps You Just Want to Express a Concept and Don’t Require a Reaction Right Away?
message with @everyone. @everyone is ideal for gathering minds to crowdsource an answer to a pressing query or for group reminders and spontaneous get-
together. In this manner, everyone hears your message to the fullest extent possible.
Have you ever received a message at 4 a.m. from friends who “forgot” you were in a different time zone, on the other hand? The users of your chat will not be
notified at all when you use the /silent command (also accessible on Instagram as “@silent”). Sending a message with the /silent flag eliminates the worry of
bothering someone at an inappropriate time or interrupting them with a pop-up notification. These late-night insights can now be shared the moment without
disturbing others, and your pals can read your message whenever they like.
Boost the Messenger Experience.
Why procrastinate when you can finish something quickly? We’ll be rolling out a number of new shortcuts over the next few weeks to help you become more productive in Messenger for both works and play.
/Gif Coming Soon for iOS Users
There’s also /gif coming soon to iOS so you can easily find and send GIFs from the app. Apple users will also get /shrug and /table flip to send the old school
“¯\_(ツ)_/¯” and “(╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻” emoticons with ease.
GIFs enable online users to express themselves by using pop-cultural allusions to communicate a feeling of identity, which in turn contributes to the formation
of a larger digital culture. To easily find and send that perfect GIF, use the /gif shortcut — simply type /gif and your chosen topic to see your gif options appear.
/Shrug and /or table Flip Coming Soon for IOS Users
Sometimes even a gif can’t compare to the emotions conveyed by the old-school text-based table flip “(╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻” and shrug “¯_(ツ)_/¯” emoticons.
Instead of struggling to type each emoticon (or having to find it online to copy and paste), simply type in /shrug or /table flip to add your chosen emoticons to
your message. Meta says it will be adding even more shortcuts throughout the year. It will be interesting to see the other shortcuts that Meta develops for the
app throughout the year.