It appears that emoji-style reaction buttons are actually making their way to your tweets, with the platform continuing to work on their new icons, according to the latest insight from reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong.
As you can see here, in addition to the current Like heart, Twitter is developing four new response options for tweets.
The new options at this stage are:
These specific answers were likely chosen based on platform usage, with research from Twitter showing that the “laugh while crying” emoji and the “crying face” were among the most common emojis used in tweets in 2020.
This new answer choice seems like an amalgamation of those trending emojis that could offer more ways to quickly respond to tweets, especially on the go, while adapting to response usage on other social platforms and leaning on more general habits.
The new test doesn’t really come as a big surprise as Twitter has been working on its potential emoji response options for the past few months.
TechCrunch reported back in March that Twitter asked users about the potential of adding a wider range of emoji-style responses to tweets, giving users more ways to quickly engage with the app.
As you can see here, this could also involve some form of up- and downvotes with the arrows “Agree” and “Disagree” – although based on this latest example, Twitter doesn’t seem to go with that iteration.
Twitter started a quick test of similar emoji response tools back in 2015 and up and downvote options in 2018, but it never moved on with any of these tools.
Now this new version seems to be getting closer – we asked Twitter for a comment on the test and gave us a general answer.
“We’re always looking for additional ways people can express themselves in conversations on Twitter.”
This is tacit confirmation that this is being tested, with no indication of future live experiments or any rollout plans for functionality.
But it seems to be developing which could add a whole new set of considerations to your tweet process and a whole new set of data points for Twitter to provide insights into user reactions to each tweet.
Which could be good – but then again, Twitter users aren’t known for welcoming changes to the app.
Remember the riot when Twitter instead changed the favorite star to a heart?
I mean, the Twitter fury cycle is pretty short, so having an instant response is probably not the biggest problem in this regard. But if these things add to the hair on the back of your neck, I would say that if you follow Jane’s track record of discoveries that will start later in each app, then you should start preparing those hairs on the back of your neck for the increase.