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Messenger takes a signal from Slack with an @everyone shortcut

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Meta is add a handful of features to the Messenger app that will be familiar to all who have used Slack, most notably with a new @everyone feature. Starting today, typing @everyone in a chat in Messenger will let the whole group know about your message – so make sure it’s a good message.

Messenger also adds a /silent function, which ensures that your message arrives in the chat without alerting anyone, such as a ghost in the night. Just type /silent before your message and you’re in sneak mode. Both @everyone and /silent commands are live on Android and iOS today.

Meta has more Messenger plans in the works. In the coming weeks, Android and iOS Messenger users in the US will be able to use a /pay shortcut to send and receive money in chat. Additionally, iOS users get /gif, which places searchable gifs directly into chat. Messenger on Apple devices also gets /shrug and /tableflip commands, which populate the ¯_(ツ)_/¯ and (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ emoticons), respectively.

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