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Twitter Replaces ‘Favourite’ Stars with ‘Like’ Hearts

By piranha

6th November 2015

If you are a regular Twitter user, you may have noticed some changes on the site this week. Twitter has replaced the icon used to favourite tweets from a star to a heart.

When you click the heart button, it will now be classed as a ‘like’, much like the style used on Facebook.

The company has suggested that the heart symbol is much more expressive than the former star icon. They claim that users will be able to convey a range of different emotions that couldn’t be achieved with the previous layout.

Twitter said in its blog post; “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. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favourite.”

“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.”

The new feature has already received criticism from many Twitter users. They have said that it is too similar to Instagram and Periscope, which already have the heart feature.

Twitter’s new addition to the website is one of its many attempts to convince new users to join the site. The social media platform has struggled to gain new users recently and the company reported just an 11% increase in active monthly users over the latest quarter.

The update has now rolled out to the majority of Twitter users, as well as those using Vine on Android and Tweetdeck. It is expected that the new icon will also become available to iOS Vine users and Twitter for Mac in the coming weeks.

Let us know what you think of the new heart icon by leaving a comment on Facebook or Twitter!

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