Stars no more: Twitter ditches stars, adds hearts for likes This screen shot made Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 shows tweets on the AP Business News Twitter feed, featuring heart icons that, when clicked, means that a reader "likes" a tweet. (AP Photo)
Stars no more: Twitter ditches stars, adds hearts for likes
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You will no longer see stars on Twitter.  The messaging service has taken off the star icon found under every tweet. The star has been traded for a heart.
 
Twitter Inc. said it made the change because the star can be confusing to new users. And the heart is more well-known around the globe.
 
Clicking the star meant a tweet was a "favorite." That was before the change. Now clicking the heart means you "like" a tweet.
 
The San Francisco company has been trying to make its service easier to use.  It wants to get new users. It launched a new channel in October. It brings together video and photos. It also brings in news stories.  The idea is to help users find hot topics more quickly. The push to make Twitter simpler comes from co-founder Jack Dorsey.  He was named permanent CEO last month.

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  • jasonk-ver
    11/13/2015 - 02:39 p.m.

    I have a twitter page, and when this update occured, I didn't think much of it. However, there are a lot of people complaining about the new like system. Some people say it is a copy off of Instagram, and others are just so used to the favorite button.

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