twitterTwitter is testing a new feature that lets users respond to tweets with emoji, according to app reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong (via SocialMediaToday).

Wong shared online a screenshot of the tweet reaction interface, which has an option to respond to a tweet with emoji like crying with laughter, shocked face, and praying hands.

"Retweet," "Retweet with comment," and "React with Fleet" options are also included. Fleet is in reference to Twitter's Stories-esque disappearing tweets that are currently only available in a small number of countries.

It's unclear whether the emoji would be posted as a normal reaction to a tweet or if it would appear as a pop-out panel, which is something Twitter has experimented with before. Twitter launched reactions for direct messages earlier this year.


As with all Twitter tests, the usual caveats apply: This is currently an internal experiment and there's no guarantee that the feature will ever make it to a public release.

Update: Twitter told The Verge that it is not actively working on emoji reactions. The code that was discovered was for a previous experiment that is no longer in use.

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Top Rated Comments

gleepskip Avatar
32 months ago
They seem to have omitted the most important emoji: ?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPSaltzman Avatar
32 months ago
What Twitter needs to really work on is enforcing their TOS on every user, no matter who they are or how self-important they think they are.

But no, the shareholders must be kept satisfied, lest they take their money elsewhere and Jack ends up homeless. (Oh, such a shame.)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarlJ Avatar
32 months ago

What we need are down-votes and disappearing tweets when they've received enough. Tweets that sink into the great abyss. ?
The writers/controllers of the bot armies thank you for this suggestion. It will be extremely useful for them, the ability to disappear any tweet they wish, simply by aiming their bot armies at it.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolfactor Avatar
32 months ago
What we need are down-votes and disappearing tweets when they've received enough. Tweets that sink into the great abyss. ?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DeepIn2U Avatar
32 months ago

For what purpose?
I've been asking for more than the 'like' button for ages.

Purpose: News footage of say George Floyd for example, initially gets posted and shared. To you the situation disgusts you, as it did for me. I'm not wanting to like that sort of violence, but a 'shock' emoji would seem more appropriate.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarlJ Avatar
32 months ago

Dear Twitter, give us a fn EDIT TWEET OPTION! It's the 21st century. Thank you. Constantly having to delete tweets with typos is so annoying.
This is why there’s no edit tweet function:

Step 1: tweet “like/retweet if you love puppies!”
Step 2: get 10,000 likes/retweets
Step 3: edit tweet to read “like/retweet if you love Hitler!”
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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