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'll no longer see stars on Twitter.  The messaging service has removed the star icon found under every tweet. The star has been replaced with a heart.
 
Twitter Inc. said it made the change because the star can be confusing to new users. And the heart is more widely known around the globe.
 
Before the change, clicking the star meant a tweet was a "favorite." Now clicking the heart means you "like" a tweet.
 
The San Francisco company has been trying to make its service easier to use to lure new users. In October, it launched a channel that brings together video, photos and news stories. It helps 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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Why does Twitter care how symbols are perceived around the world?
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COMMENTS (146)
  • hturner-cel
    11/09/2015 - 10:01 a.m.

    I have a twitter account but do not get on it because twitter just isn't worth my time. I honestly don't think twitter cares how the symbols are perceived around the world. They just wanted to make the "favorite" turn into "like". The likes are more common instead of favorite. The two most used apps are Facebook and Instgram and they both have the like symbol, so why not make Twitter the same too.

  • jacksonb-buc
    11/09/2015 - 10:01 a.m.

    How much money is the company spending just to change it to one simple heart

  • logan-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:25 a.m.

    It makes it easier for new users, because on other sites it is a like on Twitter it is a favorite that is confusing.

  • jordan1-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:26 a.m.

    Twitter cares about how symbols are perceived by users because, they want to appeal to all sorts of people not just teenagers and not just adults.

  • parker-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:26 a.m.

    The heart is a better known symbol around the world. It is easier for new users to use.

  • brenna-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:26 a.m.

    Why does Twitter care how symbols are perceived around the world?

    Twitter wants to make it easier and lure in new users. The stars meant that the tweet was added to your favorite now a heart means you like a tweet. The heart was chosen because it is better known around the world.

  • william1-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:26 a.m.

    because they want more users to have a larger economy for there app.

  • trevor-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:27 a.m.

    Twitter doesn't want people to be confused when using their site, especially new users. Using well-known symbols allows users to understand Twitter. That's a win for everybody.

  • christinal-hor
    11/09/2015 - 11:13 a.m.

    Twitter cares how symbols are perceived around the world because the star can be confusing to new users. And the heart is more widely known around the globe.

  • tanner-fel
    11/09/2015 - 12:22 p.m.

    I don't use twitter.This doesn't apply to me

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