Facebook rolls out special features for Mother’s Day


The social network is rolling out a couple special features for Mother’s Day, including an experimental flower reaction and a feature that lets users send flowers via Messenger.

In Messenger, a flower button will appear near the text box for a limited time. Tapping the icon will animate your message, photo or GIF with flowers. There’s also a new Mother’s Day-themed sticker pack for Messenger in honor of the holiday.

Messenger aside, Facebook is also testing a special reaction called “thankful” for Mother’s Day that will symbolized as a flower. The reaction, which Facebook tells will be tested in a few countries outside of the US, was first spotted by Twitter user Sreedev Sharma.

The “thankful” reaction is temporary and limited to Mother’s Day but Facebook says it may experiment with more of these temporary reactions in the future.

The company didn’t elaborate on which countries would be able to see the new reaction but it’s not surprising Facebook would opt to limit it to specific markets. Reactions were only tested in Ireland and Spain when they were first rolled out last fall and the company has spoken at lengthabout the importance of making sure reactions will translate in each market.



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