announced Twitter Inc. is testing emoji reactions from users across Turkey over the coming weeks, with the possibility of rolling them out more widely if all goes well.
According to the company, the list of new emojis aims to help people express themselves quickly in conversations across the platform, in cases where pressing the like button doesn’t stop them.
The company explained that for a limited time, Turkish Twitter tweeters can access four additional reactions, on top of which is the big red heart that the company introduced in 2015.
This includes a thinking emoji (for Tweets that make you think), a sad emoji (for Tweets that make you sad), a laugh/crying emoji (for Tweets that make you laugh/cry), and an applause emoji (for congratulatory tweets).
Depending on how users respond to this little test, the platform may change these emojis, or roll out these capabilities in other countries in the future.
The announcement follows Twitter’s March poll of users’ opinions on how they would react if it adopted a Facebook-like way of interacting with Tweets, and what emojis they wanted to express.
The survey included some suggested emoji combinations. Like the agree or disagree buttons, the dislike button, or reddit-like upvotes. But Twitter found from the survey that users were concerned about getting negative comments via emojis.
Twitter is testing replying to tweets with emojis
The platform said: Although frustration and anger are common feelings that people feel while reading tweets. Some people want to express their disapproval of Tweets, we do not currently include them as emoji reactions.
“Our goal has always been to support healthy public conversations and we want to see how our current set of emojis impact conversations,” she added.
The platform is relatively late on the issue of emojis, having launched reactions via direct messages in the past year. But this is not the same set of emojis.
The test came months later Grant The LinkedIn platform gives its users the ability to interact with posts via emojis. And after years of Facebook doing the same.
It is also worth noting that out of the three platforms, only Facebook included the “angry” reaction among its list. This is likely due to users’ reluctance about negative responses.
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