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Twitter reactions might include “Hmm” but no “Thumbs Down”

After seemingly stagnating for so long, it seems that Twitter is finally picking up the pace and pushing or testing out new features in the past few months alone. That also includes monetization options, like Ticketed Spaces as well as the still unannounced Twitter Blue subscription. One thing that still remains unchanged, however, is that users can only “heart” Tweets, which hardly covers the range of reactions one might have over a post. That may change soon with a set of varied emoji reactions which, except for one are still mostly positive.

Facebook has long added reactions that go beyond its iconic “Thumbs Up” emoji but the fixed set that it has still didn’t have the much-requested “Thumbs Down”. Facebook does have Sad, Angry, and later “Caring” reactions that denote negative emotions but mostly to express sympathy for the author of the post rather than disagreement. Facebook always explained how a Thumbs Down emoji would only engender negativity and it has stuck that reasoning ever since.

It almost seemed as if Twitter was going to give into user demand. Last March, Jane Manchun Wong, famed for her accurate leaks on upcoming social media features, revealed some of the emojis that Twitter has been considering to add to that list. That included the Thumbs Down or Dislike emoji, though there were others there as well.

Wong now returns with what could be the final set that’s being tested and, no, it doesn’t include disliking tweets. Although the actual emojis aren’t yet finalized, because some still use the old heart icon for likes. It does have “Sad” and “Cheer”, which may be like Facebook’s “Care” emoji, and a “Hmm” emoji that is admittedly not that widely used in comparison.

This could still change before the final set rolls out, which still doesn’t have a date either. It might not be a big factor now but it could still help make Twitter feel a bit more expressive, at least in old-fashioned text. For everything else, there are audio and video (Fleets) tweets now anyway, not to mention Spaces that you can use as your pulpit.

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Twitter emoji reactions are coming, might include dislikes

Facebook’s blue thumbs up “Like” might have now become iconic but it hardly represents any of the sentiments that users might like to convey over a certain post. Some have even gotten used to hitting that Like button when they want to convey sorrow or sympathy. While it still hasn’t yielded to add a “Dislike” option, Facebook has long since expanded its reactions to a select set of emojis, something that Twitter seems to be on its way to adopting as well.

Likes, hearts, and their equivalents are simply used to denote a positive response to a post. They are, of course, inefficient at actually expressing proper responses that can cover a wide range of emotions and, consequently, emojis. They do, however, also make things simpler and anything that goes beyond a single emoji can be expressed via comments.

Whether you like it or not, however, emoji reactions are becoming more common in social networks and communication platforms. Some have even gone overboard, allowing users to select from all the emojis available to react to a comment or post. Facebook offers a limited and fixed set instead and, based on a survey sent to some users, Twitter will be using that system as well.

What could set Twitter’s emoji reactions is that it could include negative responses like thumbs down or a red 100 emoji to express disagreement. “Downvotes” have long been available on the likes of Reddit and YouTube but Facebook has so far refused to go down that slippery slope.

Responses to Twitter’s emoji reaction surveys have been mixed, with some bemoaning the complication that will arise from this new system. That said, it isn’t set in stone either and, given potential backlash, Twitter could withhold the feature for a while.

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