Twitter is working on new upvote and downvote reactions for tweets, in addition to the standard retweet and reply options, which will be available soon. Twitter confirmed it was testing the feature for a small group of users on iOS, and it’s already been spotted according to multiple tweets from users that are part of the test group.
Twitter writes that iOS users may see upvotes and downvotes in a variety of different styles (including up and down arrows, a heart icon and a down arrow, and thumbs up and thumbs down icons), and that it is testing the feature to “understand the types of replies you find relevant in a convo, so we can work on ways to show more of them.” Twitter also writes that it is testing the feature to “understand the types of replies you find relevant in a convo, so we At this time, votes are not made public.
Some of you on iOS may see different options to up or down vote on replies. We’re testing this to understand the types of replies you find relevant in a convo, so we can work on ways to show more of them.
Your downvotes aren’t public, while your upvotes will be shown as likes. pic.twitter.com/hrBfrKQdcY
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 21, 2021
Twitter has not stated whether it plans to make up and down voting a permanent feature (or how voting influences what appears in your feed), but there are clear parallels to be drawn with Reddit, which uses up and down voting to surface the most popular replies, responses, and posts in a subreddit’s favourite replies, responses, and posts section. Twitter has stated that, for the time being, upvotes and downvotes have no effect on the order of tweets.
Twitter’s toyed with other kinds of tweet interactions in the past, including reactions that appeared to mimic the emoji reactions Facebook uses for Facebook posts and Messenger messages. Twitter’s product lead Kayvon Beykpour has also said that the company planned to work on dislikes last year, claiming the feature was one of Twitter’s many “top priorities” in response to a user’s tweet.