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Facebook-like “Tweet Reactions” could soon be a thing on Twitter

Facebook-like “Tweet Reactions” could soon be a thing on Twitter

Facebook-like "Tweet Reactions" could soon be a thing on Twitter
(Image: Unsplash/Sara Kurfess; Twitter: Jane Manchun Wong)

Have the simple star and heart buttons been insufficient in showing your true feelings on Twitter? If so, then you’ll like what Twitter’s apparently cooking up: tweet reactions.

Teased by app researcher and well-known Twitter tipster Jane Manchun Wong, the alleged assets that are currently in the works include adding a “cheer,” “hmm,” “sad,” and “haha” emoji reactions to the usual metrics. Wong posted photos of how the upcoming feature is supposed to look on her own Twitter page, though they still don’t show how the buttons would look from the user’s end.

The proposed reactions are reminiscent of Facebook, which added the feature to its platform back in 2016. The emotions you could express are different, though: Facebook doesn’t have the contemplative and cheery emojis, while Twitter doesn’t seem bent on adding an angry emoji. Then again, maybe that’s because Twitter users tend to show their anger through the replies section.

This may not surprise some, though. Twitter first teased the arrival of emotive reactions back in early 2021, conducting a survey to select users on their preference towards the proposed feature. 

In it, the micro-blogging platform inquired about the emotions users like to be displayed, as well as the prospect of “down-voting” or “disliking” a tweet, which resembles another social media platform, Reddit.

With this news, Twitter gains more momentum in rolling out new features in the future. They’ve blessed us with full-sized photos, the live audio interface of Spaces, and the cautionary feature that lets users rethink their replies. They’ve also hinted at offering premium subscription plans as well as tip jars to users with an ample number of followers.

Would you want Facebook-style reactions on Twitter?

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