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Twitter is experimenting with emoji reactions in tweets


Twitter announced today that it is testing emoji reactions for tweets that go beyond a simple "Like." Users in Turkey will be able to respond to tweets with the emoji "Face with tears of joy," "Thinking face," "Clapping hands," "Crying face," or a simple "Heart" in the coming days. The trial is only set to run for a limited time, but depending on how well it goes, Twitter says it may expand it to users in other countries.

The goal of the feature, according to Twitter, is to give people more ways to quickly express their feelings about a tweet while also providing authors with better feedback on how their tweet was received. A long press of the Like button will bring up the emoji, while a short tap will send a regular Like. Users reported being polled about potential emoji for inclusion, which sparked rumors of a test earlier this year.

Emoji reactions have been available on other platforms for years, including Facebook and Twitter's direct messages. But what's interesting about Twitter's latest test emojis is that none of them are particularly negative. There are no "Angry face" emojis like on Facebook, nor are there any "Thumbs down" emojis like on Twitter's direct message emoji reactions.

According to Twitter, people who were polled said they were concerned about receiving negative reactions to some of their thoughts, so they decided against using these negative emoji. Given how toxic many Twitter conversations can be, this is a valid concern.

Meanwhile, the emoji it has included were chosen because they are representative of the most common emotions people experience while reading tweets and are "universally recognizable." That's probably why the incredibly passive-aggressive "Slightly smiling face" emoji was left out.

If you're in Turkey and want to try out the new reactions, Twitter says the feature will be available in the coming days.