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Twitter tests Facebook-like emoji reaction feature: All you need to know

A day after launching Fleets in various countries, Twitter is now testing a feature that would let users react to tweets with emojis.

twitter-logo Ankita Chakravarti   New Delhi     Last Updated: June 11, 2020  | 16:24 IST

Highlights

  • Twitter is now testing a feature that would let users react to tweets with emojis.
  • Facebook and even the professional networking Linkedin already has the feature
  • Twitter had tested the feature back in 2015 as well.

A day after launching Fleets in various countries, Twitter is now testing a feature that would let users react to tweets with emojis. Facebook and even the professional networking Linkedin already has the feature, if all goes planned Twitter too might launch the tweet reactions feature too. As per a SocialMedia Today report, Twitter had tested the feature back in 2015 as well.

The latest development was first noted and reported by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who shared a screenshot of the same. In the picture shared by Wong, you can see an option with many emojis including the laughing and astonished emoji right below the Retweet with comments option. There is also an option called "React with Fleet". The feature is being tested and there is no official word about its launch.

Social media giant Facebook has the feature already, sometimes when you don't want to post a comment or simply like a post, you can send out a reaction using the emoji reactions icon. You can either use the heart reaction or laugh or sad reaction. Facebook recently added a hug emoji to the list of reactions. A similar kind of feature was also seen in the professional networking platform Linkedin.

Twitter had given the option to some people to turn off replies to their tweets, with this tweet reactions feature, readers would be able to post a reaction to the tweet without really commenting under it. The emoji reaction would be less hurtful even when readers disagree with the post. The micro-blogging site had also introduced a feature a while ago in which users could react to DMs using the emojis.

Earlier, Twitter had launched the much-awaited Fleetsódisappearing posts in India and various other countries. While some users were happy with the feature, some complained about the fleets convoluting their Twitter feed. The feature has been borrowed from Snapchat and Instagram. Just like the other social media platforms, you can also post a picture or message which would disappear after 24 hours. The posts cannot be shared but the readers can DM comments or reactions.

Talking about introducing the feature in India, Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director at Twitter India, had said in a statement, "India is important for Twitter since it is one of our largest and fastest-growing audience markets globally. We are excited to bring the Fleets experiment to India and make it one of the first three countries in the world to experience this new product."

"From the test in India, we'll learn how adding a new mode of conversation changes the way Indians engage on Twitter. It'll also be interesting to see if it further amplifies the diversity of usage by allowing people to share what they're thinking in a way that is light-touch and light-hearted," he added.

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