Twitter has finally implemented the much awaited emoji reactions to Direct Messages. To make use of this feature, you can either tap the small “heart-plus” icon beside the text or double-tap on a message to open the emoji reactions menu.
Before officially announcing the new emoji reactions, Twitter had teased their users with a tweet “sliding into your DMs like” along with seven emojis. The steady increase in the use of emojis on the platform could be a motivating factor contributing to its launch. Twitter has joined much to the likes of Facebook and Instagram with the implementation. Given the ubiquitous availability of similar tools on other messaging platforms, it’s only about time until twitter made their step forward with this integration.
This feature has been well received by the twitter community, users are absolutely thrilled to try out the new emojis. At present, the feature flaunts an array of seven emojis, which includes the heart, the shocked face, laughing face, sad face, thumbs up, thumbs down, and the ever so popular fire emoji. The recipient would also get notified when users react to their DM. However, people using an older version of the Twitter for iOS or Android app that doesn’t support message reactions will see reactions displayed as text-based messages.
Twitter has taken a step in the right direction by following and understanding the needs of its userbase. Along with this feature, they have also made various minor changes to improve the user experience that has been well appreciated.