21 comments

  • M. AppelmanM. Appelman, 6 years ago

    9 points
  • Dustin CartwrightDustin Cartwright, 6 years ago

    A lot of people are upset over this... But I can see why Twitter made such a move.

    7 points
    • Ire Aderinokun, 6 years ago

      I think it makes a lot of sense. Most people used "Favourites" to mean "Likes" anyway

      11 points
      • Nick PfistererNick Pfisterer, 6 years ago

        I guess I'm in the minority. I use Favorites on Twitter as bookmarks / reminders to check things out later in addition to just liking things.

        13 points
        • Zoltán HosszúZoltán Hosszú, 6 years ago

          Well, you can still do that, even the URL is the same as before :) https://twitter.com/favorites

          3 points
          • Nick PfistererNick Pfisterer, 6 years ago

            For sure! Now, if only Twitter would give us a way to access that page from the main feed instead of having to visit our own profiles or type type in the URL manually.

            2 points
        • Chris Aalid, 6 years ago

          Agreed. If they rolled out a 'Save for Later' with a nice Flipboard or Moments style area to view things you've saved, that'd be really cool.

          3 points
      • James Young, 6 years ago

        I've always used favourites as a means of saving stuff for later rather than "liking" it. I didn't even know liking a tweet was a thing.

        4 points
  • Alex MontagueAlex Montague, 6 years ago

    The star was extremely ambiguous. The heart is clear. Fits the purpose MOST people use favorites for, and can still function as bookmarks if you so desire. Great move.

    4 points
  • Gonçalo MoraisGonçalo Morais, 6 years ago

    There’s a simple reason I don’ like it: I never saw the ★ as a like, but rather as a bookmark. After discussing this a little bit more, I feel the need for bookmarking as a third action, beyond retweeting and staring/liking.

    4 points
  • Conor McAfeeConor McAfee, 6 years ago

    I started out using the the star as a bookmark, but noticed over time that I shifted towards using it more as a 'like' or "I'll just favourite this so I don't have to reply".

    Agree with what Jack said that the reason for the change is part of them making Twitter simpler for new users - immediately liking something is familiar to them if they have been use to Facebook/Instagram etc. I don't know about the rest of you, but Twitter confused me when I first joined it in 2009

    2 points
  • David BlumDavid Blum, 6 years ago

    It's a consequent move. To read something later I use pocket anyway.

    2 points
  • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, 6 years ago

    A person on Hacker News made an interesting argument against it on the premise that the connotation of love wouldn't work well with certain things.

    For instance, suppose there was a tweet which summarized an article about a massacre, in the past it could be favourited (which can connote bookmark), but now it has to be "hearted".

    2 points
    • Andrew HarrisonAndrew Harrison, 6 years ago

      This is an interesting point, but I wonder if it's still relevant given the context of Facebook Likes (a quite literal "Thumbs Up") being pervasive in the space?

      0 points
      • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, 6 years ago

        I agree that in the context of Facebook (the product/platform) the word "like" has a different meaning, but, at least to me, the word heart/love is still suggest a more emotionally attached positive appreciation than the word "like."

        I tend to "like" well written articles involving some controversial subjects, but I wouldn't "love" them.

        0 points
  • Miguel Solorio, 6 years ago

    I will definitely miss Twitter's "fav" animation, and the new animation is so underwhelming.

    I also used Favorites as a way of both liking and bookmarking a tweet. It would feel redundant to split them up and I see why they decided to go with this direction, it makes sense. I still don't feel 100% over it though, maybe it'll grow on me over time.

    For those that want to go back to the Favorites icon.

    1 point
    • Brian NBrian N, 6 years ago

      The first time I encountered the Titter Hearts, during its A/B test, the animation was definitely perfunctory and underwhelming. I purposely avoided fav'ing anything to do my part in trying to keep the whimsical stars. Now that Hearts have won out, though, they seem to have polished that animation up — it has a similar expanding ring and colorful particles that the original Fav'ing animation had.

      Anyway hearts make my timeline way cuter so ~whatevs~ ♥♥♥

      0 points
  • Tropical HoochTropical Hooch, 6 years ago

    Who cares.

    0 points
  • Leszek PietrzakLeszek Pietrzak, 6 years ago

    Why do you need to bookmark a 140-characters text? If there's a link leading somewhere, bookmark this link in some "bookmarking app" like Instapaper = problem solved.

    0 points