Twitter is testing new reactions to Facebook-style tweets
Twitter is preparing to add four more Tweet reactions in addition to the existing ❤️ (Heart) reaction. He’s now testing out the 🤔 (thoughtful face), 😢 (crying face), 😂 (tears of joy), and 👏 (clapping) emojis as additional reaction options for tweets. While we know the “heart” reaction as Like, Twitter might call the four upcoming reactions Hmm, Sad, Haha, and Cheer, respectively. This is based on a report from May when the company was spotted working on the four new reactions. He is now testing them publicly.
Twitter is currently testing these Facebook-style tweet reactions with a small group of users in Turkey. He could roll out the new reactions to users in other regions in the coming weeks, before finally making them available to everyone.
“Based on this testing, we may expand the availability of the Reactions experience to other regions,” the company said.
More reactions to Tweets are coming to Twitter
Twitter has traditionally only offered one way to react to a tweet. Users have long felt the lack of reactions like Haha and Sad on the platform. To that end, the company has been considering adding more reactions to Tweets for some time now. Some tests date back to 2015. But things have started to accelerate in recent years.
In March of this year, Twitter launched an investigation ask users what reactions and icons they would prefer for a Facebook-style reaction on the platform. The company presented various options including agree (thumbs up) and disagree (thumbs down), and allowed users to select the layout and icons they like. It looks like the social media biggie has taken hold of the four mentioned above.
As previously reported, these new Tweet reactions were spotted in development earlier in May. Back then, we didn’t have the icons / emojis for the Cheer and Sad reactions. We have them now too. According to the company (via Committed), these emojis are “universally recognizable and represent what people want to say about Tweets.”
Twitter apparently tuned these four reactions based on various factors such as “one-word answers, most commonly used emojis, and top emotions customers wanted to express” on the platform. “This is just the start of the reactions on Tweet”, said member of the company’s design team. So we might have more goodies in the future. We’ll let you know as soon as new reactions to the Tweets are released publicly.