No edit button, but Twitter has now announced the launch of emoji reactions in Direct Messages.
Ever since Facebook rolled out reactions four years ago, they’ve started to become a standard way for users to express themselves in a fast and easy way, not only on Facebook and Messenger, buy on other social platforms as well. More recently, others have followed suit with their own equivalents. For example, LinkedIn rolled out reactions on posts last year, and we also recently reported that Pinterest is testing them on videos. Now, Twitter is rolling out emoji reactions in its Direct Messages.
The new feature works on both text and media attachments in Twitter DMs and is really simple to use. All you have to do is hover over the message in question and click the reaction button – a heart and plus icon.
Alternatively, you can double-tap on the message and choose an emoji from the pop-up. Reactions can be undone at any time and it will be removed for all participants. You can also click or tap on a reaction within a conversation to see who reacted.
Participants of a conversation will receive a notification when someone reacts to a message.
Say more with new emoji reactions for Direct Messages!
To add a reaction, click the ❤️➕ icon that appears when you hover over the message on web or double tap the message on mobile and select an emoji from the pop-up.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) January 22, 2020
Please note that at the moment, those people who are using an older version of the Twitter for iOS or Android app that doesn’t support message reactions will instead see reactions displayed as text-based messages.
Emoji reactions in Twitter DMs were originally spotted by Jane Manchun Wong last summer. The final feature differs only slightly.
Twitter is testing DM Reactions pic.twitter.com/Ihp7hsnaOH
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) October 16, 2019