A lot of people are upset over this... But I can see why Twitter made such a move.
I think it makes a lot of sense. Most people used "Favourites" to mean "Likes" anyway
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.
Well, you can still do that, even the URL is the same as before :) https://twitter.com/favorites
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.
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.
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.
Favourites, as in what IE called Bookmarks back in the day? :D
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.
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.
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
It's a consequent move. To read something later I use pocket anyway.
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".
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?
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.
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.
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~ ♥♥♥
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.