According to a new report, Twitter might be taking inspiration from Facebook to implement a brand-new feature. The microblogging platform is copying, or to some extent getting inspiration from, Facebook's social media reaction system. The information was revealed this weekend by the well-known researcher Jane Manchun Wong who has been tipping the internet about other upcoming Twitter features.
According to her, the new reaction format should have the options: Cheer, Hmm, Sad, and Haha, in addition to the already traditional Likes. Apparently, the feature has been in testing for at least a couple of weeks now.
Instead of an Angry reaction available on Facebook, Twitter decides to add a Hmm, which presumably represents thinking or curiosity.
The reaction emojis were very positively received by Facebook users. For that reason, it is safe to assume that users will enjoy it on Twitter too. In the past, Facebook users only had the option to Like posts, and sometimes that was not the best way to express one's feelings or true reactions. Nowadays, it is much better for users to put a Haha on a funny post or a Crying reaction when they are sad with a specific post. This will certainly become a hit on Twitter once it is launched.
When implemented, this would add to the list of new features recently implemented throughout the app. Over the last year, Twitter has added Spaces, Fleet, and Tip Jar features. More recently, the app had allowed for the user to apply for the coveted blue check, but it appears they will roll that feature back.
Twitter Spaces also became available on the desktop and mobile web pages this week. It allows users to participate in this Clubhouse-like feature without using their phones.
One downside of these many new features is that after one week of accepting verification requests, the platform has now closed it again due to increased demand for a blue badge.
"We're rolling in verification requests," the company tweeted. "So we gotta hit pause on accepting any more for now while we review the ones that have been submitted. We'll reopen requests soon! (We pinky swear)."
Twitter had a few months ago asked users about the addition of emoji reactions in a survey.
Other rumoured additions include a premium subscription service priced at $2.99 in the US and an expanded video component. However, it feels like users are still far away from getting an "edit" button.
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