Twitter is experimenting with emoji reactions for tweets, so users can react to tweets with emojis other than simply liking them. The emojis include one with tears of joy, the thinking face, clapping hands, crying face, heart, etc. The feature is available to limited users for now, as it is being tested, until Twitter plans to roll it out on a larger scale.
With emoji reactions, users can express specific feelings towards certain tweets, which is more of a fun way to respond to them than just clicking on the Like button. This way, authors of the tweet can also get a better idea about how people receive their tweets. Long pressing the Like button would display the emojis.
Emoji reactions is a common feature across other social media platforms as well. One difference in the way Twitter has integrated this feature is that you will not find any “negative” emoji reaction to choose from, such as the angry face or the thumbs down emoji.
Twitter also revealed the reason behind excluding these emojis, which is that according to some of the users who were surveyed about the feature, negative reactions are of concern to them.
Twitter is initially launching the emoji reactions feature in Turkey as it tests it.