Emoya-style response buttons really seem to be coming to your tweets, and the platform continues to work on its new icons, according to the latest finding from reverse engineering experts Jane Manchun Wong.
As you can see here, Twitter seems to be currently developing four new tweet reply options, in addition to the current Like heart.
At this stage, the new options will be:
These specific responses were probably selected based on the use of the platform, s Twitter research showing that “laughing while crying” and “crying face” emojis were among the most commonly used within tweets in 2020.
This new choice of responses seems like a fusion of these trendy emojis, which could provide more ways to react quickly to tweets, especially while on the go, while aligning with using reactions on other social platforms, leaning toward broader common behaviors.
The new test isn’t really a big surprise, as Twitter has been working on its potential emoji response capabilities over the past few months.
TechCrunch reported back in March that Twitter surveyed users about the potential of adding a wider set of emoji-style reactions to tweets, providing people with more ways to quickly get involved in the app.
As you can see here, this could also take the form of votes for and against, with the ‘I agree’ and ‘I disagree’ arrows – although based on this latest example, Twitter doesn’t seem to be going with that iteration.
Now this new version seems to be approaching – we asked Twitter for comment on the test and it provided us with a generic answer.
“We’re always exploring additional ways people can express themselves in Twitter conversations.”
Which is tacit confirmation that this is being tested, without giving any indication of future live experiments or possible plans to introduce functionality.
But it seems to be evolving, which could add a whole new set of considerations to your tweet process, as well as a whole new set of data for Twitter to gain insight into user responses to each tweet.
Which might be a good thing – but again, Twitter users aren’t known for welcoming changes to the app.
Remember the rage when Twitter instead changed the star favorite into a heart?
I mean, the anger cycle on Twitter is pretty short, so the current response is probably not the biggest concern in that regard. But if these things raise hackles for you, moving into Jane’s record of discoveries that are later triggered in each app, I’d say you should start preparing those hackles for promotion.