Twitter announced that it has started testing users dislike tweets with a new upvote / downvote system.
The company says the new system will come in different styles and will be used to find out what reactions Twitter users like. The company also says that dislikes or “downvotes” will not be publicly displayed and that the original tweeter will not be notified but will be able to see them anyway.
“Upvotes”, however, are treated as likes, ie you will be notified as usual.
Twitter makes it clear that the downvote button is not a dislike button and that it is used exclusively for research purposes.
In this research experiment, the thumbs-down symbol is a negative voice that tells us that you think the answer is not relevant to the conversation.
That said, it appears that downvotes are limited to tweet responses, not the original tweet itself. Additionally, polls don’t change the order of responses like platforms like Reddit work with a similar voting structure, although given the nature of the test it does sounds like this might be a work in progress.
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A dislike button has been desired on Twitter and other platforms for some time. Lots of people were hoping to see one on the Facebook news feed, but the platform took a different approach and had several different reactions, something Twitter spotted testing also.
After Twitter recently announced the end of its fleet experiment, Twitter said it would continue to test ways to get more people to tweet and participate in conversations. This appears to be one of those tests and it might prove popular.
Unfortunately, the test is only available to a few iOS users, which means anyone who rocks one of the best Android phones is going to be missing out.
If only Twitter would test and share the ability to edit a tweet.