Twitter today announced it is working on letting users upvote and downvote replies to tweets. The test is taking place among a few iOS users and it provides a new way to give validation to tweets apart from likes and retweets.
Twitter says it began the test so it can “understand the types of replies you find relevant in a convo.” The goal for Twitter is that this test will provide it with more ways of showing tweets/replies users find relevant on the timeline to them. While upvoted will be shown as likes, downvotes will not be made public.
This will be familiar to Reddit users; it wasn’t also a surprise but it was amusing to see the official Reddit Twitter account replied with a meme to the announcement. The social news aggregation platform lets users upvote or downvote a subreddit’s posts, responses and replies.
Twitter did not indicate if this will be a permanent feature or if it will roll out officially to iOS users at first before coming to Android. The company recently made it possible to change who can reply to tweets after the tweets had already been posted.