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Twitter replaces stars with hearts, favourites with likes

  • Twitter has retired its star button that users click to
    “favorite” a post and replaced it with a heart,
    Agence
    France-Presse
    reported.
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  • The messaging platform said the new system of “likes,”
    which is also used by Facebook, offers a better way for users to express their

    • Twitter has retired its star button that users click to
      “favorite” a post and replaced it with a heart,
      Agence
      France-Presse
      reported.
    •  
    • The messaging platform said the new system of “likes,”
      which is also used by Facebook, offers a better way for users to express their
      views. But it quickly sparked an outcry from some users.
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    • “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,” product manager Akarshan Kumar said in a blog post. “You
      might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite.”
      Kumar said the heart “is a universal symbol that resonates across
      languages, cultures and time zones,” he wrote.
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    • “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,” he added.
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    • The heart symbol had already been used on Twitter’s Periscope
      livestream app, and it now will appear on Twitter and Vine, the app for short
      videos.
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    • The idea has been around for months, and key Twitter investor Chris
      Sacca suggested such a change in a June blog post, saying favorite was
      “too strong a word.”
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    • “Favorite is a superlative. It implies a ranking. In the early
      days of Twitter many of us interpreted the word literally and only keep a few
      tweets in our favorites that were truly, well, our favorites,” he wrote.
    •  
    • “Today, many of my friends and I use the star as a ‘like’
      button equivalent… However, the majority of users are baffled by favorites
      and they don’t end up using the star much, if at all.”
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