Stars no more: Twitter ditches stars, adds hearts for likes
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 and replaced it with a heart.
Twitter Inc. said it made the change because the star can be confusing to new users and the heart is more universally 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, so users can find hot topics quicker. The push to make Twitter simpler comes from co-founder Jack Dorsey, who 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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  • serenityg-buc
    11/09/2015 - 10:00 a.m.

    Because its a company most companies are relaying on there app and how the "people" see the app, they developed it so they should relay on the costumers to make it "socially here" in terms of now, because the heart is most common like on Instagram, Vine, and Facebook.

  • levenp-buc
    11/09/2015 - 10:05 a.m.

    The reason they changed the star is that they said that its more commonly known for example Instagram uses hearts and every body knows thats a like

  • amanda-fel
    11/09/2015 - 02:28 p.m.

    I've used twitter for a while but i never realized that.

  • camdenc-ver
    11/09/2015 - 02:59 p.m.

    I guess I still don't understand why this change occurred because they had a good system already. The new liking format just confuses existing users like myself because we are used to the original star format. I think it is a poor change and the Twitter company as a whole should focus on better changes.

  • luke-fel
    11/09/2015 - 03:11 p.m.

    They can then make it more used around the world so that they get more money and so that be more popular

  • tiffanyf-1-bar
    11/09/2015 - 07:48 p.m.

    Twitter cares how symbols are perceived around the world because if their website displays different symbols that people do not understand it could steer possible users away. The article says,"the star can be confusing to new users and the heart is more universally known around the globe." Other popular social medias such as Instagram and Facebook both use the heart symbol. Using universal symbols could attract more users, leading to more money for the company. I thought this article was interesting because I did not think the star symbol was that hard to understand, I thought it was really simple, press on it and it shows that you liked it.

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

    If you are new to twitter or any kind of social media then you may not know what a favorite or a like really is.

  • andrewc2-buc
    11/10/2015 - 11:46 a.m.

    Im happy that this changed becauseI started Twitter a few weeks ago, and I had no clue what the star meant. But now its a heart and I completely understand :D

  • lucasl-3-bar
    11/11/2015 - 04:46 p.m.

    Twitter wants their symbols to be easy to understand. The article states that the star may be confusing to new users, whereas the heart is better known to most people. By using the heart symbol, which is typically easier to perceive for many new users, Twitter's interface is not as difficult to learn how to use and thus gains more users.

    This article provided information about a very interesting topic. The topic and writing was gripping and immediately intrigued me. This change in Twitter's interface is a very important event for users worldwide. It is a large topic in the technology industry and will be beneficial for everyone. I was quite intrigued by this relevant and thoroughly interesting article. It is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

  • jennac-orv
    11/12/2015 - 07:28 p.m.

    They care about the symbols they use, because they want it to be popular and easier to use they may want to be even more popular because of all the other social media sites and apps may get ahead of them. The heart may be more easier to understand than the star.

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