Twitter is currently testing a new feature â€œUpvote and Downvoteâ€ reaction for tweets and replies. This is part of the social networkâ€™s latest experimental feature designed to give it more insight into what kind of replies users find relevant in a conversation.
TwitterÂ said it was testing the feature for a small group of users on iOS, which is already spotted on multiple tweets for those who are part of the test group.
The goal is to be able to gather enough data, so the platform can work on ways to surface more relevant responses. In long threads, for instance, the best replies donâ€™t always show up immediately and might be buried underneath tons of other peopleâ€™s tweets.
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 arenâ€™t public, while your upvotes will be shown as likes. pic.twitter.com/hrBfrKQdcY
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 21, 2021
Twitter writes that iOS users may see upvote and downvotes in several different styles (up and down arrows, a heart icon and a down arrow, and thumbs up and thumbs down icons) and that itâ€™s testing the feature to â€œunderstand the types of replies you find relevant in a convo, so we can work on ways to show more of them.â€
Presently, votes wonâ€™t change the order of responses similar to how Reddit buries replies that get a ton of downvotes.
There is no details yet on whether the upvote and downvote will be available for everybody later. However, we hope so.