You Can't Favorite Tweets on Twitter Anymore

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If you've been an avid Twitter user long before you became obsessed with Vine, Instagram, or SnapChat, then your mind may be blown by a major change that this website is making. The simple micro-blogging site hasn't made very many changes to its format since it first launched in 2006, so any small adjustment would seem strange. That's why this swap is particularly confusing: Twitter has done away with the "favorite" button in favor of a new icon, and suddenly the site just feels totally different.

There are three things you can do to respond to a tweet on Twitter: you can write a message back by replying to it, you can "retweet" it to share it with followers via your own feed, or you can "favorite" it by pressing the star icon. Favoriting a tweet meant that you placed that tweet on a list of stuff you essentially bookmarked, and if your account is public, anyone can see that list. (Remember when Harry Styles favorited a NSFW pic and Twitter went cray? Yeah. Exactly.) Now, the star favorite button is gone. Instead of favoriting tweets, Twitter users can click a heart-shaped icon and "like" a tweet instead.

The Twitterverse isn't thrilled by it, to say the least. Some hate the fact that the feature seems to show that you "like" things when in reality, you could be bookmarking something for later. Others are complaining that Twitter is trying too hard to become Facebook or Instagram with the "like" feature. But mostly, people just really, really hate change: Let's hope that the stars versus hearts battle doesn't divide too many friendships and families. This ish could get serious.
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