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Twitter replaces 'Favorite' stars with 'Like' hearts

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No more gold stars for Twitter. On Tuesday, the social networking platform announced that it was replacing favorites with likes, changing the icon from a star to a red heart. 

“We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite,” Twitter says.

The change draws similarities to Facebook and Instagram, where “Likes” and “Hearts” have been in use for years. The live video-streaming app Periscope – which Twitter owns – has already been using hearts, and now Vine will also make the switch, thereby making hearts the “common language” for its “global community.” 

Not everyone is enthusiatic about the new look, though. And where do people go to vent their instant reactions? Twitter. 

https://twitter.com/rainbowrowell/status/661562174062530560