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Twitter Users Don’t Heart New ‘Heart’ Button,?#TwitterHeartsMakeMe Goes Viral

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Twitter has replaced the star button with a heart and this move was welcomed by mixed reactions. The move was designed to be easier to understand for users around the world, but it seems not everyone hearts the new feature.

A Universal Symbol

?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 your favorite,? explained product manager Akarshan Kumar said in a blog post.

?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,? Kumar continued.

The heart symbol is already being used on other platforms and this is a way to streamline all of Twitter?s apps. ?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,? Kumar said.

Apparently, the idea has been around for months and Twitter investor Chris Sacca suggested the change back in June, saying favourite was ?too strong a word.?

?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 favourites that were truly, well, our favourites,? he wrote according to Tech 2.

Mixed Reactions

Twitter users expressed their reactions with the hashtag ?#TwitterHeartsMakeMe?.

Some expressed their pity for the forgotten stars:

And others found a song in their heart (ugh):

Some were angry:

https://twitter.com/joshingstern/status/662000147476422656

While there are those who welcomed the change with love:

The Twitter-verse just isn?t the same and somehow lost its sophistication:

Others thought heart-ing a tweet will just create confusion:

https://twitter.com/ChuckNellis/status/662032952990277632

And that Twitter is just being a copycat:

Even if the stars are missed, there?s nothing we can do about it.

So here?s a simple solution to avoid all types of confusion:

How do you feel about the change? Tell us in the comments below.

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