The irony of constant development in-app structures is that by the time you start getting used to it, a new change occurs. Just like other teeny tiny app makeovers, Twitter’s time to come up with a tiny (but with major implication) change.
We react to tweets, but what if we could emoji react to tweets? Sounds interesting? No, right. But, well, Twitter is looking into introducing emoji reactions to its structure. It will comprise of the most basic and most used reactions. The following emojis are likely to cut the reaction list:
Laughing emoji with tears
Thinking face emoji
Crying face emoji
There are also likely to be some variations are attempts are going to be made to spice up the emoji culture. There could be shocked, fire, and angry face emojis as well. Considering the kind of colossal anger that outbursts on Twitter, people are already calling dibs on the angry face emoji.
Twitter spokespeople have been dropping hints about the change. On a recent revelation to the Verge, “We’re exploring additional ways for people to express themselves in conversations happening on Twitter.” It was further stated by the Spokesperson that the inclusiveness of the emoji reactions is still being considered.
Twitter is also considering the phenomenon wherein people can express their likeness or dislike-ness for a tweet. It could either be a thumbs up or thumbs down. Twitter wars have become a real thing and this capability to express agreement or disagreement could head things up too soon.
It’s not a new feature, we have been used to emoji reactions on multiple other platforms. While some platforms like Reddit have more anonymous conduct in conversations, Twitter and Facebook are more open. Let us break it down for you, when you receive a down vote on a message, meme, or reaction on Reddit, it is more generic. You can still bask in your anonymity and not feel personal about it. However, if someone down votes you on Twitter, your identification is not hidden and you are likely to feel personal about it.
The success of emoji reactions on Facebook might have been a major catalyst for Twitter to venture into that territory. Before going forward with the announcement of this change, Twitter took surveys to gauge the likability of the emojis.
Having said that, while taking the surveys, Twitter did express the fact that they were aware of the challenges that will come as a part and parcel of this introduction. The survey also gauged how would the users feel if their tweet was liked or disliked. It also checked how likely were they to react than reply.
The engagement of people would likely take a dramatic turn when emoji reactions are launched. It could change the very dynamics of interaction on Twitter. It’s an exploratory field for Twitter right now as they will holistically understand and read the results of the survey. Let’s just hope it brings about better engagement.