You feel that? The rumbling? No, it’s not an earthquake. Social media is really pissed at Twitter.
According to this morning’s Twitter blog, the powers that be at Twitter (CEO Jack Dorsey and his mirror) have decided to change “favorites” to … LIKES. Wait, what?!
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.
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.
The star icon is now a heart because not “everything can be your favorite,” opined product manager Akarshan Kumar.
It was the differentiator from Facebook, created in 2006 along with the platform. Tumblr had hearts. And now Periscope does… hey, wait a minute?! Whatever the coincidence with its owned real-time video streaming product, this move could show the real leader in the social media clubhouse. S/O to Facebook? At least we can’t like that one.
Look at it this way, what a great opportunity to use that new middle finger emoji. Welp, tweeps… let the “dislikes” roll:
Twitter: “We need to make this less trash” Everyone: “Take harassment seriously. Take harassment seriously.” Twitter: “Let’s add hearts”
— Sir Goldenrod (@SirGoldenrod) November 3, 2015
— Complex (@ComplexMag) November 3, 2015
Dear @Twitter: I do not like changing Favorites to Likes and stars to infantile hearts, and would like a big nasty button to express this
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) November 3, 2015
Literally everyone on Twitter is in their feelings right now CAN PEOPLE STOP BREAKING OUR HEARTS
— Abbie (@MrsWeezyana) November 3, 2015
Twitter changed “favorites” to “likes”. pic.twitter.com/uA2NdVPp4l
— tayㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@_pashyn) November 3, 2015
When you see Twitter have replaced ‘Favorites’ for ‘Likes’… pic.twitter.com/gYuqlavDzR
— Messi Stats (@MESSlSTATS) November 3, 2015
Twitter removed favorites and added likes???????!!???? pic.twitter.com/trZUORLw5W
— Ashley (@OpTicMiDNiTE) November 3, 2015
Twitter just changed favourites to likes… pic.twitter.com/ceblw05pgY
— TheLADbible (@TheLadBible) November 3, 2015