Twitter is replacing its most ironic feature.
Favorites, which have typically been represented by stars will be represented as hearts and called, “likes”, the company announced Tuesday. This change will appear on Vine’s apps and website.
Likes will work much the way favorites and hearth will replace the stars. “favorites” section in your user profile which shows tweets will be renamed “Likes”. The change is meant to “make Twitter easier to use“, according to product manager Akarshan Kumar, who say the star can be confusing for new users.
“You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite. The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people. And in our tests, we found that people loved it.”
— Twitter (@Twitter) November 3, 2015
Twitter has been experimenting with the hearts from past months, social network started testing this feature on Android in the summer and later expended the testing on iOS.
Whether the change will make Twitter easier to understand for newcomers remains to be seen. Vocal Twitter investor Chris Sacca also floated the idea of switching to hearts in his 8,500-word essay titled “What Twitter Can Be.”
The hearts will begin to show up Tuesday in TweetDeck and on Twitter’s website, as well its iOS, Android, and Windows 10 apps. It will also be rolling out to Vine’s Android app and website; Vine’s iOS app and Twitter for Mac, which will soon be getting a much-needed refresh, will get the hearts “soon.”