15 June 2021
Twitter is reportedly looking to offer more reaction options to users to help them express themselves better. It has offered "Heart" as the only way to react to tweets which is usually associated with liking the opinion. The team is now looking to change that by adding more diverse reaction options similar to Facebook Reactions.
Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane), a well-known app researcher, has tweeted that there are currently five Twitter Reactions under development. These include Like, Cheer, Hmm, Sad, and Haha. There are dedicated icons for these reactions except for Cheer and Sad. These two can be seen with the generic "heart" icon next to them.
Twitter is working on Tweet Reactions view:— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) May 28, 2021
“Likes”, “Cheer”, “Hmm”, “Sad”, “Haha”
The icons for the Cheer and Sad reactions are WIP and shown as the generic heart one at the moment https://t.co/ZCBhH8z7JR pic.twitter.com/dGqq1CzIis
The team is said to be testing these new reactions for the last two weeks. It is difficult to say exactly when and if these reactions will be made available to the general public. It goes without saying that Twitter's main priority is to get these reactions right instead of rolling them out as soon as possible. It would want to ensure that the reactions do not end up getting used for spreading negativity or targeting a particular user in a negative way.
Reactions are not the only thing that Twitter is working on recently. It has a paid subscription service called Twitter Blue under works as well. The team has rolled out Ticketed Spaces as a way for room hosts to generate revenue. It also resumed the account verification process just a couple of weeks ago but it has been paused once again since then.