Twitter is rolling out emoji reactions for DMs

It's easier than ever before to avoid responding to awkward messages.

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Twitter announced tonight that emoji reactions are now available for Direct Messages. The reactions are similar to those available in iMessage and Facebook Messenger.

Just click the heart icon — Using emoji reactions is simple enough: on the web, you can click the heart icon next to a message and a row of reactions pops up. On mobile, this can be done by double-tapping a DM. The emoji reactions include laughing, surprise, sad, heart, fire, thumbs up, and thumbs down.

Easier than ever to ignore your DMs — Reactions have quickly become part of the internet-speak lexicon. Don't know how to end a conversation? Just give it a quick thumbs up or heart react and move on with your life. Now you can bring that accessibility to Twitter, too.

This doesn't really fix anything — Adding emoji reactions isn't exactly as groundbreaking as, say, Elon Musk's take on how to fix Twitter. But it does bring Twitter DMs up to speed with other messaging platforms.