Today I woke up with only one mission, to Retweet and Favorite tweets. Ideally, everybody does that in the morning before leaving the bed. Surprisingly, all my stars were replaced with hearts. I thought my Twitter was broken and replaced with Instagram or someone is pulling a prank on me. Anyway, the newsflash finally landed on my mind after I did some Googling and found out that Twitter is trying out something new.
Love is a strong word and everybody around the world associate it with heavy affection towards someone. Well, Twitter wants its users to love every tweet posted on the platform. The social network has replaced the star for favorite with love or let’s say hearts.
“We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite.
The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people. And in our tests, we found that people loved it.” Akarshan Kumar, a Twitter product manager, noted.
“Starting today, you’ll see hearts on Twitter for iOS and Android, twitter.com, TweetDeck, Twitter for Windows 10, and on Tweets across the Internet, as well as on the Vine Android app and website. You’ll see them soon on Vine for iOS and Twitter for Mac. Tap the heart and see what happens.” The social network added.
Personally, I don’t like the heart thing on Twitter, I like favoriting stuff on the network not loving or liking them.
Weird question – if you post something nice, will you get heart attacks from other users? The heart is totally confusing. Most people are struggling to adopt to the new feature.
Ironically, Twitter decided to change stars to hearts and yet you can’t edit tweets on the network. I think the social network should do something about that before going the Facebook way. The hearts on Twitter icon is now known as a Facebook-style “like.”
According to a Twitter poll posted by NPR’s All Tech account, 78 percent of nearly 2,400 respondents said they preferred the star icon.