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3 Facebook Messenger tricks you'll love

Odds are, your friends and family are already hanging out on Facebook. That’s why it makes perfect sense to use Facebook Messenger to communicate with them. Like most things in our digital lives, there aren’t any manuals detailing how to use Messenger. Tech companies assume you’ll jump on the bandwagon and figure it out.

To help you go from novice to pro, here are three Facebook Messenger tricks you’re probably not using. (Note: Messenger does not work the same across all devices and operating systems. If something isn’t located in the menus precisely as I say, look around for a similar action. And be sure you have the latest version of the Messenger app on your iOS or Android device.)

Make a group decision by taking a vote

How often have you gone back and forth in texts with a group about where to meet for dinner, which day is better for a gathering, what time or activity is best, and more?

When faced with a bunch of people having to agree on a decision, start a group conversation in Messenger on your iOS or Android device. Then, take a vote.

Facebook now lets you conduct polls in Messenger. Tap Polls when composing a message or tap More and select Poll. Compose the question along with possible answers and press Submit. Your poll will appear in the Messenger conversation and people in the group will be asked to vote for his or her choice. The most popular answer wins. Problem solved.

When it comes time to pay for an activity, Messenger can help. Type a phrase like “You owe me $25 for the split check,” and Messenger will take you to a payment page. Both parties need to have a debit card saved in Messenger. You enter this information in the More, and then Payments. Facebook is rolling out a change to this, and you may have it already. New chat bots look for certain things such as “IOU.” When it is detected, a payment is requested and taken directly in the conversation feed.

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