Ahh, Twitter. It’s a great place to go to find out what’s (literally) trending, communicate your thoughts (with shortcuts!) and see what your fave celebs are up to. Twitter is always on the forefront of the Internet and they’ve been making some serious changes lately. They recently implemented polls into tweets, now allow you to donate to your fave politician’s campaigns and now they’re changing how you interact with other peoples’ tweets.
Twitter is taking a page from Facebook’s, er, book by changing the name of “favorites” to “likes.” On their blog, they stated the reason they decided to do so is because they “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.” Yep, makes sense. And the changes don’t stop there.
Perhaps more significantly, the social media company changed the icon for favorites from a star to a heart. They even tweeted about the change with a fun video that explains it. They wrote in their blog post regarding the change, “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.”
What can we say? We certainly do like the heart, but we’ll miss you, gold star.
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