Let’s say lots of people want to ask a question during audience Q&A during a panel discussion on Zoom. When you use the “reactions” button (see directions here) and select the “raise hand” feature, the order of the hand-raisers can be viewed in the “participants panel.” The person who raised their hand first is at the top, then the second person, etc.
This is particularly useful when you want to ensure you are responding to people in the order of their raising their hands. You’ll look super smart by calling on one person and sharing the name of the person “on deck” who will be able to ask the next question. (In the in-person world, I call this “creating a queue.”)
Viewing the “participant panel” also makes it easier to see who has a hand raised when there is more than one page of participants. And, as an added bonus, you won’t miss a raised hand during a virtual panel discussion either!