Reactions were first introduced in late 2015 and it’s now coming to Facebook’s messaging service, Messenger, along with the Mentions feature.
You can now react to an individual message just like you would in a post. The step is also simple, just press and hold any message bubble in your conversation, and then tap your chosen Reaction — love, smile, wow, sad, angry, yes and no emojis.
The icon for the Reactions will pop up in the lower corner of the message. You’ll also see other Reactions from anyone in the group. Messenger Reactions work in one on one conversations as well as group conversations and can be used to comment on any message — text, stickers, videos, GIFs and even other emoji.
There’s also the Mentions feature, finally, available within a conversation. This will greatly help in calling someone’s attention in the conversation, especially in a group chat.
To mention someone, type the “@” symbol or start typing the first few letters of the name or nickname of the person you want to notify and select them from the list. He or she then will receive a notification that lets them know they were called out.
Reactions and Mentions will also be available for Work Chat in Workplace. Both features will begin rolling out today and will be available globally in the coming days.