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Facebook brings 'Like' quick reply feature to messaging app

The Facebook "Like" is getting all the love as of late. As first reported by TechCrunch, Facebook has rolled out a minor new feature for both its Android and iOS Messaging app. Minor in purpose, that is, but one that's pretty hard to miss.

The tweak now introduces a giant thumbs-up icon — a "Like" — that swaps places with your normal "Send" button as needed within the app. It's the kind of thing you'd want to tap if you appreciate the contents of what you received, but are otherwise engaged (or, say, driving) and can't offer up a full reply.

Or, as Constine notes, it basically replaces the "yes," "cool" or "k" that many are used to texting as quick response to a friend's message.

Tapping the big thumbs-up does exactly what you'd expect it to — inserting a huge, graphical thumbs-up into your messaging stream.

Here are some more Like parameters: So long as the last message in your conversation is a reply from someone else, you can Like it. You aren't bound by any kind of time window for your approval. You, however, cannot initiate a conversation with a Like, nor can you throw a Like into your conversation after you've previously said something. You can also Like a Like.

Likes don't come with any additional signals to warn you that a friend has proclaimed your conversation worthy of graphical merit. You also don't get to play with anything fancier than a Like — there's no "thumbs down" graphic that you can use as a quick reply to something you don't particularly care for, to give one example.

It's unclear whether Facebook has any plans to roll out additional graphical replies in the future.