From stars to hearts: Twitter’s latest update

hearts and stars

Twitter uses have been able to save or bookmark tweets as favourites for a long time. As with many digital applications there are always ways to appropriate functions designed to do one thing for another purpose. The star symbol was the icon to click on to save an interesting post often with an added link and these could be viewed at a later point by viewing your ‘favourites’.  However users also began to use this function as a sign of appreciation in place of a tweet or as an acknowledgement you’d read the tweet. Much like the like button in Facebook.

Fast forward and today Twitter have updated both the icon and it’s meaning.

The heart has replaced the star

The like has replaced the favourite

 

Twitter says:

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 yourfavorite.

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.

You’ve embraced hearts in a big way on Periscope, and we’re delighted to bring them to Twitter and Vine, making them the common language for our global community.”

❤ makes sense to me  What do you think?

About Sue Beckingham

An Educational Developer and Senior Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.
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5 Responses to From stars to hearts: Twitter’s latest update

  1. Nope. I dont want to express an emotion when saving/bookmarking a tweet or post or article or opinion. I want to save it for reading later, save it to reference when I blog, etc.
    Bring back the ‘fav’!!

    • Is there scope for both?

      • Yes, if there must be both. ‘Fav’ was enough for so many for so long. Is this developers directing platform development to placate investors (and gain increase of users) instead of looking after core users and explaining the platform to new users. Not helped by poor adverts showing superficial use of sharing coffee or celeb news instead of detailed useful collaborative nature of the Network you develop around a shared theme – learning, sport, politics, community, family, etc.

      • I agree! Twitter need to take share how the space is used for social good, professional developmen and informal learning not just marketing or trivia.

  2. leohavemann says:

    I would [heart] having both likes and favs.

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