Facebook Messenger copies one of Slack’s best features

Meta focuses on improving the features offered by Facebook Messenger. A company statement confirms that one of Slack’s most used features It will also come to the messaging app over the next few weeks. It’s all about the commands, those cool shortcuts that, according to Facebook, “help increase the effectiveness of your messages and add a little more fun to your experience.

Whether you want to let everyone in a chat know about an important announcement, return a friend’s lunch money, or vent your frustration with a “(╯°□°)╯︵┻━┻” at the right time), new Messenger shortcuts will get you there with minimal keystrokes.


In fact, the company announced that two of these shortcuts will be available starting today ditto, March 29. They are “@everyone” and “/Silent”. Whereas with the first you can attract everyone’s attention 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 asserts that many other shortcuts will arrive on Facebook Messenger over the next few weeks. For example, among them we will find “/Pay”, which will allow us to send payments through the app. 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 “¯\_(ツ)_/¯” emoticons and “(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻”.

New features for Facebook Messenger are coming

Why lengthen something when you can do it all at once? In the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing several new shortcuts that will help you be more efficient in Messenger, both for convenience and entertainment.

All these new shortcuts as commands Coming to iOS and Android in the coming weeks. Some of them will be available in the United States first, such as the “/Pay” command. However, the others may be used by other users around the world.

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

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

Soon we can see interoperability between WhatsApp, iMessage and Facebook Messenger, and all thanks to the new law on digital markets that has been approved by the European Union. On the other hand, the instant messaging application Facebook 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 disappearing messages.