Facebook Messenger is basically Slack now

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Facebook Messenger just got two new features that might look a little familiar. And no, it’s not because Snapchat had them first. 

Instead, the company is taking two features straight out of Slack’s playbook with the addition emoji-laden reactions and mentions.

Reactions, which were first spotted in a “small test” earlier in the month, allow you to respond to individual messages within a thread with seven different emoji. Messenger’s reactions differ slightly from those seen elsewhere on Facebook. 

Included in that group is a “thumbs down” emoji, which is probably the closest we’ll ever get to an actual “dislike” button on Facebook. (The social network says the thumbs down represents a “no” reaction.) Read more…

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