Twitter tests Tweet Reactions and a prompt to get users to actually read articles before retweeting

Twitter tests Tweet Reactions and a prompt to get users to actually read articles before retweeting

Twitter jumped on the emoji reaction bandwagon earlier this year in January when it rolled out support for emoji reaction in direct messages. The feature works a lot like the emoji reactions on Facebook and Messenger, allowing users to react to messages with one of seven different emoji. Now, according to a recent tweet from Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane), Twitter has started testing emoji reactions for tweets.

As you can see in the attached image, the feature will allow users to react to tweets with a couple of different emoji, including the 100points emoji, face with tears of joy, no entry sign, surprised face, and the folded hands emoji. Currently, we have no information if the feature will launch only with the aforementioned emoji or if it’ll include more options. It’s worth noting that Twitter isn’t the only platform to introduce the emoji reaction feature this year. Just a few weeks ago, Google also added a similar feature for RCS conversations on the Messages app.

Along with the emoji reactions feature, Twitter is adding an experimental prompt on the Android app which will show up whenever a user retweets an article without opening it on Twitter. The idea behind the prompt is to promote informed discussion on the platform and get users to actually read the article they’re tweeting.

For the feature to work, Twitter will check if a user has clicked on the article link on the platform, but not elsewhere. Users will still be able to dismiss the prompt and tweet the article without clicking on the link first. In response to a comment on the tweet, the company also clarified that it won’t be testing ad products with the prompts.

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.