Have you ever scrolled through Twitter and thought, “This site can really use some emoji reactions in Facebook style”? Yes, I neither. Nevertheless, the company has surveyed users in the last month about the possibility, TechCrunch reports.
According to screenshots of the survey shared by a Twitter user, the suggested emoji reactions could include the basics – a laughing face with tears, a thinking face, a crying face – and some spicier variations – shocked faces, angry faces, fire moojis. They may also include an alternative or dislike.
It tells a spokesperson on Twitter The Verge, “We are exploring several ways people can express themselves in conversations on Twitter.”
Twitter’s design manager has also suggested that such features may soon appear in some enigmatic tweets.
According to this survey I just took, Twitter is considering adding emoji reaction sets and voting. I think some of these may be what are forcing me from this site. pic.twitter.com/uEgtmrSk7F
– john d moore (@ jdm0079) March 18, 2021
Neither emoji reactions nor downhills would be a unique feature of Twitter. Facebook uses a set of the former, and the latter is a key feature in Reddit and YouTube comment sections. That said, Reddit and comment sections tend to operate more anonymously than Twitter and Facebook, where users more often exist and post as their public selves.
Therefore, this is an incredibly stressful announcement for me. If I receive down votes on a random meme I post on Reddit from my completely anonymous account, I will not blink twice – they vote down on meme, not me. But I can only imagine that a downturn on a tweet, coming from my personal account with my name and photo attached, would feel like a personal insult, and it would be embarrassing and destructive enough to drive me off the page and force me to find alternative hobbies. Do not really care. I am totally for these features.