Twitter surprises users with upvote and downvote feature


If you thought your experience on Twitter could not get any better, think again. The social media platform has announced yet another feature that is currently undergoing test trials.  

The microblogging site is experimenting with a new upvote and downvote feature for tweets that will go right beside the available options to retweet and reply. 

This new feature is still in the testing phase and is not available for everyone. However, iOS users who had the chance to be part of the trial, shared screenshots of the upvote and downvote options that came in different styles such as up and down arrows, a heart icon, thumbs up and thumbs down icons.  

“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 conversation, so we can work on ways to show more of them,” Twitter said in a statement made by its official Support account. 

However, this is not a unique feature in the social media realm.  

Reddit, the American content rating and discussion website — otherwise known as the front page of the internet — features almost the exact same option which allows users to express their opinion on replies, responses, and posts in a simplified manner. 

While the company did not mention if this feature will be a permanent one, Twitter’s product lead Kayvon Beykpour, has in the past claimed that the company is working on hosting an option for dislikes, saying it was one of Twitter’s top priorities. 

In a reply to a Twitter user who criticized the development of Twitter’s feature “Fleets” which has been taken down, Beykpour wrote: “We do feel it’s important to solve other problems too! As for #3 (adding dislike button or downvote capability) this is something we’re exploring.” 

Earlier last week, Twitter launched another feature to add captions in voice tweets. The option gives users the ability to write a caption while simultaneously posting a snippet of an audio.  

The feature is present for all iOS users, and supports several languages such as English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean and Italian languages.