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:
Favorites to likes and stars to hearts. Twitter is now facebook— m_fogginupthewindows (@markfogg72) November 3, 2015
WHAT IF they give us hearts to "like" things but bring back the star for things we want to "bookmark?" @twitter— Michalle (@Senneteer) November 3, 2015
Twitter ditched the stars and went to hearts? This isn't Instagram.— \/\/ /\/\ (@WaterMongrel) November 3, 2015
Let's hope that the stars versus hearts battle doesn't divide too many friendships and families. This ish could get serious.
Just noticed the Twitter favorites are hearts instead of stars now... My whole world is changing and I can't keep up😩— Jonathon Lucido (@jonathon_lucido) November 3, 2015