Twitter changes ‘favourite’ star to heart-shaped ‘like’ button
Twitter changes its star button that users click to ‘favourite’ a post and replaced it with a heart-shaped “Like” button.
The company said on Tuesday it was replacing ‘favourites’ with ‘likes, to be represented in its apps and on the web by red heart icons. the ‘like’ icon is also available on Twitter’s Vine video streaming service.
Twitter -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.
“You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite,” 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.”
— Twitter (@Twitter) November 3, 2015
“The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people” -Kumar said.
Instagram, the photo-sharing app bought by Facebook in 2012, also has a heart-shaped icon for users to “like” pictures.
Twitter is making the change a few weeks after reinstating co-founder Jack Dorsey as chief executive officer.
“I’ve challenged our teams to look beyond assumptions about what makes Twitter the best place to share what’s happening,” CEO Jack Dorsey said last week in an earnings conference call. “I’m confident our ideas will result in a service that’s far easier to understand, and much more powerful.”
Get back your ‘favourite’ star
Google Chrome has found a way to get get the ‘favourite’ star back by enabling a third-party Chrome extension, Fav Forever.
Fav Forever is available on Chrome web store. To get the ‘star’ icon back, user will have to download the extension and enable it.