A LIKE Button For All Messages
At first, I thought this would be a good idea for text messages. The way I see it, if you tapped and held the sender’s message, you’d be presented with the option to like it, which would then alert the sender.¹
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 makes 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 somewhere in the sender’s browser window while 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.
Potential Clients: Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft
¹Alternatively, you could be presented with three options for a quick reply: like, laugh, or acknowledge. Each would have its own canned response or icon.