Twitter has gone and made a major change. And it’s going to change the way you use the website and the app forever.
Because the favourite function is no more.
Now, if you log in to your Twitter feed, you’ll find that your trusty little star icon has been replaced by a love heart. And that’s not all. Notifications now read that someone has ‘liked’ your 140 character outburst, rather than having ‘favourited’ it.
Announcing the change on Twitter’s official twitter feed (go figure), the social media moguls said: ‘You can say a lot with a heart. Introducing a new way to show how you feel on Twitter.’
In a blog post to explain the new move, Akarshan Kumar, the site’s Product Manager, said: ‘We are changing our star icon for favourites 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.’
He concluded: ‘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.’
Many users were left confused by the sudden switch over, which happened automatically and without much prior warning.
One user wrote: ‘What just happened to my desktop Twitter? I see reports of likes instead of favs and hearts appear below tweets.’
Lots of people seemed to miss the stars, with one tweeter pleading: ‘@twitter Nobody would think any less of you if you changed it back now. We can forget this whole thing happened and simply move on.’
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Another wrote: ‘You don’t know what you have until you lose it #hearts.’
We like the new update (do you see what we did there?)
After all, the world can never have too many hearts, right?