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.
Twitter is working on Tweet Reactions…? pic.twitter.com/3Sb6c8cYe3
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) June 10, 2020
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.
Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it.
To help promote informed discussion, we’re testing a new prompt on Android –– when you Retweet an article that you haven’t opened on Twitter, we may ask if you’d like to open it first.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 10, 2020
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.