When the world is at a standstill, tech giants are working tirelessly to help out in addressing this dire situation. Most recently, the largest social media platform, Facebook has come up with several changes that can create an impact on our lives during ECQ.
Millennials are part of the so-called “digital natives” and we’ve grown up and seen how it has evolved. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing us to a new way of life, Facebook came up with means to stick with what they do best, to try and connect people to one another.
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New Emoji Reactions during the Pandemic
If you’ve seen the care Emoji on your Facebook posts, you’ve never got it wrong. It’s a whimsical way of showing that the tech giant truly cares. This pandemic has caused so much anxiety and when depression is skyrocketing, the best way to ease that is to show that you truly care. This social media platform has shown that they truly have a big heart and aim to create real connections.
The emoji is a reassuring hug and shows a physical gesture of comforting people. At this time when we feel distraught and so anxious that cause us to be sleepless, this is somewhat uplifting on so many levels. Even a single tap from a friend can make us feel good, how much more this hugging emoji?
In a USA Today exclusive, Fidji Simo, Head of the Facebook app, discussed the new changes. “The new Facebook reaction – an emoji hugging a heart – is intended as shorthand to show caring and solidarity when commenting on a status update, message, photo, or video during the coronavirus crisis,” he said.
On Messenger, users will be able to toggle to a vibrating heart “for when a regular heart does not feel like enough,” Simo added.
Surely, even if this pandemic is contagious, Facebook must have thought that compassion and a simple act of kindness can be contagious too.
New Messenger Rooms for Whatsapp and Messenger
With the Zoom App gaining a surge in users during the ECQ, Facebook won’t allow it to be left in the dust. Since Zoom has been in hot water due to security concerns, Facebook took advantage of the situation and introduced its own video calling conferencing called Messenger rooms. This feature can accommodate up to 50 people.
Today, we are rolling out Messenger Rooms, which are joinable group video calls that make it easy to spend quality time with friends, loved ones and people who share your interests.
Create a room right from Messenger or Facebook, and invite anyone to join. pic.twitter.com/qr06vC3x7t
— Alexandru Voica (@alexvoica) April 24, 2020
Facebook said it had worked with cryptographers to prevent unwanted guests from dropping into chats. How amazing could it be when you just kick people from being intrusive right? Party crashers will surely not be allowed to join.
Though it will be launched soon in the country, it’s best to learn about it early on.
Screen Sharing In Messenger
Work from home has been gaining popularity to flatten the curve. This is the reason why Facebook recently introduced screen sharing on Messenger. This capability was only being offered by video conferencing apps like Zoom and Skype. This option is valuable for presentations and so as with online classes.
Explore and don’t miss out on these new changes on Facebook. It’s best to maximize its capabilities to your own advantage. Thank you, Facebook for trying to keep us at home and connecting us with our loved ones and friends all across the World.