Twitter is developing a new feature that lets users react to tweets with emojis directly in pop-up menus, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. This isn’t the first time Twitter has tried emoji reactions, social media Today reported, and Facebook tried the idea back in 2015.
A screenshot posted by Wong shows a Twitter reaction interface, giving the option to respond directly to Twitter with an emoji, including crying and shocked expressions. In addition to the typical “forward” and “forward with comments” options, there is also the option to reply with an emoticon.
This isn’t the first time Twitter has tested emoji reactions, but Twitter’s recent decision to let some people turn off replies to their tweets may make the feature more useful now. If you don’t have the option to send a text reply to a tweet, in addition to a favorite tweet, pushers may want to post a more subtle response.
As with all similar leaks, there is no guarantee that the feature will be widely available to everyone.