Will emoji reactions soon come to Twitter?

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A user found a pre-test version of the feature, which enables you to select from several symbols instead of only ‘liking’ a tweet.

By Beki Winchel | Posted: November 17, 2015
If you’re not a fan of Twitter’s shift from “favorites” to “likes,” you might soon have more options.

A Twitter user with developer access found a potential new feature in the social media platform’s iOS app: the ability to select a range of emojis instead of just “liking” a tweet with a heart.

The option is similar to Facebook Reactions, a way for Facebook users to react to posts other than the “like” button. Emojis are becoming a popular way to communicate online; Oxford Dictionaries named the “face with tears of joy” emoji its 2015 Word of the Year.

The feature isn’t even in its testing phase. The Twitter user who found it was using the app on a jailbroken iPhone—an unlocked device on which you can download non-Apple apps and files—which afforded a view of the work in progress. However, it is a sign that Twitter is striving to attract new people to its platform.

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Verge editor Casey Newton explained how several emojis could help users select the right emotion to respond to a tweet, but it does seem to be a departure from other choices to make Twitter simpler for new users:

… For Twitter, expanded reactions could help users express themselves more easily and appropriately—one criticism of the introduction of hearts was that they could strike the wrong tone in cases where a tweet expressed something terrible or upsetting. On the other hand, new emoji add additional complexity to Twitter at a time when the company is striving to make itself simpler and more accessible to new users.

Veteran Twitter users did not respond well to the star-to-heart change.

Newton also contacted Twitter for a comment and tweeted its response:

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No chill: The best reactions to #NetflixDown

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Netflix is having a pretty un-chill week

On Wednesday, its stocks temporarily plummeted after the company revealed it can’t collect its money due to widespread credit card changeovers. And on Thursday, the Internet lost its mind when the service went down for most users.

The company addressed the issue on Thursday afternoon.

We’re aware that members are experiencing issues streaming on all devices. We’re working to resolve the problem.

— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) October 15, 2015

Naturally, TV-lovers had a bit of a meltdown while Netflix worked to get its service back in order. If you listen closely, you can hear the collective groan of a country just one episode away from finishing Narcos. Read more…

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