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 (@twitter) November 3, 2015
“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.
❤ makes sense to me What do you think?