Twitter Is Testing Emoji Reactions to Tweets

Do more than just "like" a tweet

You may soon be able to react to a tweet with a laughing face emoji instead of simply “liking” it, thanks to a new Twitter test. 

The emoji test uses five different emoji: a thinking face emoji, a crying face emoji, a laughing with tears emoji, a clapping emoji, and a heart emoji. In addition, TechCrunch details that you’ll be able to add an emoji with a “long press” of the like button; otherwise, you would still be able to simply “like” a tweet. 

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Twitter said it didn't add any negative emoji reactions after an initial survey of a Twitter emoji feature in March showed users were worried about getting negative reactions to what they were tweeting. However, even though it's a negative reaction, many users have wanted a dislike button on Twitter for years now, and Twitter also is testing "downvoting" tweeted replies

Right now, the emoji reaction feature is only being tested in Turkey in the iOS and Android app, as well as on the web in the coming days. However, Twitter tests in the past have always made their way to other countries—especially the US—before becoming a mainstay feature. Most notably, the now-discontinued Fleets feature was first tested in Brazil before becoming an official feature last year. 

The social network already has emoji reactions in its direct messages, so it makes sense it would add emoji to the main feed. Facebook also added emoji reactions in 2015. 

Emoji reactions are the latest feature Twitter is testing out to improve its site. Previously, Twitter said it’s testing a way to remove a follower without unfollowing them altogether, and announced an official test of its Ticketed Spaces feature in August, allowing some Hosts to make money from Spaces. 

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