It’s been a while since Facebook debuted the much-discussed and applauded ‘Reactions’, an option which provides users with a wider range of visual palette to describe their emotions. Now reports suggest the company could expand Reactions to Messenger, which is used by over 1 billion people.
Right now, Reactions in Messenger are being tested with a small number of users and could make their way to everyone if they prove popular enough. “We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging. This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message.” Facebook
The reactions, which were confirmed by Facebook to TechCrunch, are similar to their counterparts on the main site, offering love, haha, wow, sad, and angry. However, they differ in that they also feature a dislike Reaction, which is not available on the main site itself. The company insists though that it is meant to represent ‘No’ and for cases like quick voting in group chats.
The feature of individual reactions to messages won’t be the first of its kind in mobile, as iMessage and Slack both have had variations of it for a while now. Then again, Facebook is becoming decreasingly known for original ideas as of late.
Facebook has also engaged in experimenting with Messenger, most notably on Mother’s Day where it added a new thankful reaction, so unsurprisingly that could continue over at Messenger.
We don’t know when the feature will be rolled out to the majority of users, as Facebook has a history of both launching either immediately after testing or binning the idea altogether, with no timeline bring given. Here’s to the hoping it is going to be more in the former ballpark.