Twitter has announced that it has done away with its favourite feature (the little star that used to be in the bottom-right corner of a Tweet) and has replaced it with a Like, with the icon now being a heart.
— Twitter (@twitter) November 3, 2015
Twitter explains that it decided to change the star to a heart because the feature might be confusing to people who are used to liking (Facebook) and hearting (Instagram) things. Twitter goes on to say that it used the heart symbol because it is a “universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zone“. Love is the universal language after all. Twitter goes on to say that:
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 change rolls out to iOS and Android Twitter apps, Twitter website TweetDeck, Twitter for Windows 10 as well as on the Vine Android app and website, with iOS and Mac versions to follow.
Twitter is obviously keen to bring in new users and has also recently unveiled Moments: