Twitter Spreads The Love; Hearts Will Replace Favorites In Posts


While not the 140-character-limit ending shake up news we are all expecting, Twitter did make a significant noticeable change to their service today. Previously, the bottom of every post had a star. Clicking it would “favorite” a post and users were hitting the button for different reasons. While some equated it with the common Like, +1, Thumbs Up from other social networks as a sign of approval or “I don’t actually feel like reading this, but it looks legit”; others used the star to save tweets they were interested in for various reasons, hording content. Those stars have been replaced with more conventional hearts.

I know… I hope you were sitting down when you read that or at least braced against something sturdy. And if that didn’t rock your world, the name “favorites” has also been replaced by just “likes.” I’ll give you a moment to pull yourself together.

As to why they thought this revision was necessary, Twitter claims that people have embraced hearts on their other service, Periscope, and as a way to keep a unified and consistent look across their products, hearts will now be a part of Twitter and Vine. There is also a feeling by the company that hearts are a more universal symbol. Or in other words: everyone else does it so we finally gave in.

“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.” -Twitter Blog

The change should take place today hitting all the mobile apps, Twitter and Vine, web and some clients like Tweetdeck. Twitter for Mac will see the new icon soon.

If you’re itching to try out the new hearts, I suggest going here and here and pressing as many as you can. See how many you can get in under a minute, then challenge your friends in some light-hearted competition.

While you’re on Twitter, let us know what you think of the new hearts or leave some comments below once the shock of this monumental development wears off.

  Source: Twitter Blog
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