You Can Now React to Twitter DMs, Just Like Facebook

Twitter has been hard at work adding more and more new features to their roster, and most of these features are unique to Twitter as a platform due to this social media service’s own approach to the field as well as the various specifics that need to be addressed in this regard. Many of these updates are also a way for Twitter to play catch up with its competitors because of the fact that over the years Twitter has most certainly fallen woefully behind and this is a big part of the reason why it stagnated and did not end up growing to the heights that Facebook attained.

The latest feature that has been added to the micro-blogging platform involves the ability to react to direct messages. Reactions are something that have been going around for quite some time now. Facebook famously changed things up immensely by making it possible for people to react to posts with something other than a like, and soon this ability came to messages as well allowing you to show people what you thought of a message without having to type something out.

Twitter now has this feature as well, and its reception has been positive but there has been some mixed opinions about it as well. People are appreciating the wider emotive capabilities of the new reactions and it is certainly having an impact on Twitter’s culture but there are those that feel like it goes against the spirit of Twitter and that the platform is trying too hard to be like Facebook which doesn’t bode well for the future of the platform.

One unique thing is that on Twitter you can react with emojis rather than static reactions which gives more potential for you to be as creative as possible. Who knows, you might even be able to react to tweets someday too although this might be too big of a change for them to make.



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