It has been a year since Facebook introduced much discussed ‘Reactions’, a wide range of options which people can use to express their emotions over a post or some picture. Now reports suggest the company could expand Reactions to its Messenger.
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.”
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 main platform itself.
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.
There is no word on when the feature will exit the beta stage and rolled out to the majority of users.