A LIKE Button For All Messages
At first, I thought this would be a good idea for text messages. The way I see it, you could just tap and hold the sender’s message and would be presented with the option to like it, which would then alert the sender.*
But then I thought that a thumbs up emoticon does essentially the same thing right now as far as “liking” a text is concerned, so I’m not sure how necessary this feature is with emoji.
With email, however, this idea may make a little more sense. Instead of having to respond with “Great!” or “Thanks!” or “That’s hilarious!,” wouldn’t it be great just to click on a thumbs up icon, or a heart, or a +1 (for GMail) and have that displayed as a notification in the upper or lower right-hand corner of the sender’s browser window when they are logged into their email account?
This way, these simple acknowledgments wouldn’t clutter up your inbox and could be received whilst composing or reading other email.
*Alternatively, you could be presented with three options for a quick reply. The first is to like the message, which may send the user your emoticon of choice or a custom platform-based icon. The second option is to simply acknowledge the message, which would reply “OK” or something similar, and the third option would be to reply with a laugh—which would reply with “haha” or “lol.” These are all two click options that would cover a significant portion of replies. Plus, if you could customize one or two of the three options, you could make this feature fit with your particular style of messaging.