If there is one function that many people have been waiting for on Twitter for years, it is being able to react negatively to posts. Even more so after, after years in which it seemed that it was not going to do it, Facebook finally added the reactions. Since that moment the ball has been in the court of Twitter, but so far it seemed that it was not going to happen. And the truth is that it was difficult to understand why they did not take this step.
The only explanation I have come to find is that a negative reaction button could reduce the volume of conversations. And it is that, who is going to bother to write a reply to a message, when you have the possibility to express your disagreement simply by pressing a button. And I share that criterion, I believe that quick reactions act as a shortcut so that we do not develop responses, whatever type they may be.
However, it seems that Twitter is going to end up giving in to the demand for a function so, as we can read in a tweet from the social network’s support account, Twitter has started testing negative ratings. Specifically, this is what we can read in said message:
“Some of you on iOS may see different options to vote up or down on answers. We’re testing this to understand the types of responses you find relevant in a conversation, so we can work on ways to show more of them. ” And in the image we can see the different graphic elements for evaluating the messages. Of course, at the moment the scope of the test is very limited, so it cannot be expected that its deployment will be close in time.
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
There is a detail that catches my attention, yes, and it is that Twitter is at the point of evaluating interface elements with which I would add the negative evaluations. And it is that although this is not necessarily the case, it does imply that the decision to implement this function has already been made, and that therefore now what is up is to decide how to do it. It is not a confirmation, but it is a sign that Twitter would be in it.
The function has, of course, a remarkable peculiarity, and that is that the “Likes” will continue to be shown publicly, but negative votes will not, these They will only be visible by the person who posted the tweet. Even so, it should be understood that Twitter will take this information into account when choosing which messages are published as a priority on the timeline of other users. In addition, it may also help the algorithm learn to better distinguish messages that violate Twitter’s rules.