Twitter has started testing a new feature that lets you react to tweets with a video or a photo in what seems like another experiment by the company. The new feature will let the user either record a video or take a photo along with the tweet embedded in the reaction. This feature is currently being tested on Twitter’s iOS app. so it is not available to everyone as of now. Also, since it’s a test there is no guarantee if Twitter will actually release it for all users.
Tweet reactions seem to be Twitter’s next big experiment after its version of ephemeral stories ‘Fleets’ which it axed due to low usage. Twitter’s new feature appears to be similar to TikTok’s video replies that let users reply with reaction videos. It’s a feature Instagram also recently adopted for Reels.
Steps to retweet with reaction:
- Open the Twitter app, select any tweet and tap the Retweet button.
- You’ll see a new option to “Quote Tweet with reaction.”
- Tap that and record a video or capture a photo of yourself or anything else you want to.
- The video and photo will also have the tweet embedded inside which you can drag or resize.
- You can also use one from your phone’s camera roll.
- The quoted tweets with video or photo will appear in the timeline.
Twitter says it’s only running the test with a small subset of iOS users for now and will monitor feedback from the group to see how the feature goes. The company says it wants to give users “more creative ways to express themselves” which tracks with its generally experimental vibe lately.
Last month, Instagram added its own version of TikTok’s video replies to encourage people to reply to comments on posts through Reels. Given how video replies make TikTok feel more interactive and alive, it makes sense that Instagram would integrate the option into its existing TikTok clone. It might make less sense on Twitter, but we much prefer the see-what-sticks product approach to the company’s prior strategy of making no changes in the app for years on end and hoping for the best.