Typically Facebook tries to shy away from negativity which is why they haven’t implemented a dislike button to posts (and probably never will). However, they place a lot of value on users being able to express themselves as much as possible and proved that by giving us the ‘Reactions’ feature for posts.
Even though it’s not the dislike button we’ve all been asking for, it’s part of an interesting new feature. Facebook is bringing reactions to Messenger by allowing you to leave a reaction on individual messages.
This feature has been tested and some users are already able to use the feature now. The emoji reactions currently available are:
This is similar to the reaction feature that is used in the work messenger service Slack which allows you to react to individual messages from a large range of emojis. Slack also introduced message threads to their service to make communication easier (however, it’s doubtful Messenger will follow suit).
The recent release has also allowed people to tag each other in messages in a similar fashion to Slack’s messenger service by using ‘@’ before their name (like in the example above).
Both features will be rolled out to everyone over the course of the day, so make sure you keep your Facebook messenger app up to date. Once your app is updated, give it a go by messaging us at Moteefe.