At Hacker Noon, we’re working to make content more interactive and interactions more meaningful. We’re starting by introducing inline emoji reactions. Readers can now respond to individual sections of content with an emoji reaction.
By default, we aren’t showing inline reactions in order to create a less distracting reading experience. You’ll notice light grey bars next to each section. If you hover over the bar, you’ll see emojis along with reaction counts from other readers. If a section is popular with a high number of reactions, we’ll add more bars and turn them yellow, green, or red as the activity heats up.
What do the emojis mean? Approximately:
Why inline emoji reactions?
Readers now have a low-friction tool to give writers specific feedback on their words. This creates a feedback loop that writers can learn from and improve their content over time.
The current version of our emoji reactions is a work in progress. We’re going to continue iterating to make the functionality more usable and useful.
These emojis were made in cooperation with Mozilla, as a part of their fix the internet initiative (read more on e27).
On GitHub, we open sourced the emojis and icons: pixelated social media icons, pixelated site icons, and pixelated emoji reactions.
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