Twitter replaces 'favourites' with 'likes,' changes stars to hearts

Twitter announced Tuesday morning that it would be replacing its "favourites" feature, and its little yellow star, with "likes" and a red heart. But many users didn't love the idea.

Switch to hearts brings Twitter in sync with Periscope, Vine, Instagram

Twitter announced Tuesday morning that it would be replacing its "favourites" feature, and its little yellow star, with "likes" and a red heart. But many users didn't love the idea. 

In a blog post, Twitter explained its reasoning for the change, which rolled out across most of its apps and platforms today. 

"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," the company said.  

The post called the heart a "universal symbol." The switch brings Twitter in line with its other properties — Periscope, and Vine — and with Instagram, all of which use hearts. 

"The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people," Twitter said. 

For some Twitter users, that expressiveness is the problem with "likes" and "hearts."

Some people on Twitter use Twitter favourites as a bookmarking function, while for others it's a subtle indication to another user that they agree with a point, enjoyed a joke or simply read a tweet. 

To some people, it was a strange thing to tinker with when there are other, perhaps more pressing issues with Twitter. 

For others, it was much ado about nothing. 

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