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Facebook Introduces New Shortcuts on Messenger

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Facebook has today announced the launch of new shortcuts on Messenger, that promise to help you get things done in the shortest number of keystrokes, such as notifying everyone in a chat of an important announcement to get maximum exposure.

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While typing ‘@’ and a person’s name tags a specific person in the chat, using the new @everyone shortcut will notify all participants in the chat. It is ideal for group reminders, or when you need to crowdsource an answer to a time-sensitive question. This way, your message gets to everyone and nobody misses out.

Similarly, when you use the new /silent shortcut, the members of your chat will not receive a notification of your message at all. Sending a message with /silent removes the anxiety of interrupting someone with a non-urgent pop-up notification.

Several other shortcuts are coming soon to Messenger as well, including a /pay shortcut that makes it even easier to send and receive money right in your one-on-one Messenger chats.

/gif (coming soon on iOS): GIFs help us express ourselves, conveying a sense of identity through pop culture references, which in turn help form our larger digital culture

/shrug & /tableflip (coming soon to iOS): Sometimes even a gif can’t compare to the emotions conveyed by the old-school text-based tableflip “(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻” and shrug “¯\_(ツ)_/¯” emoticons.

The /pay shortcut will initially be available to iOS and Android users in the US only.

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