Yesterday, Twitter quietly swapped their favourites for likes to make the platform more accessible and user friendly for new audiences. Alongside this they also swapped the 'favourite' star to a 'like' heart.
This tiny change has caused uproar on social with strong opinions for and against the Twitter heart. We catch up with some of the DM Team to find out where they stand on #heartgate….
"People who know me well know that I'm not a lover of change. However, I have to say the introduction of a heart-shaped "like" button on Twitter hasn't upset me too much. Over the past few years Twitter has gradually changed its identity to become more like other social networks, so I guess it was inevitable that the "like" or "heart" button would appear at some point.
Do I think Twitter has lost a little something that made it unique? Yes.
Did I still want to click it? Yes! Call me girly, but I quite enjoy the little heart explosion!"
"I'm not a fan. Firstly, why is a 'like' button heart-shaped?
I dish out hearts willy nilly on Instagram but they've got that cool and understated style nailed down. Now Twitter jumps on the bandwagon with this garish, oversized confetti explosion when I like a tweet… I'm yet to come across an update I like THAT much."
"I like the change. I think using a heart and 'like' instead of a star and 'favourite' is simpler for new Twitter users to understand when to use the action. It's cuter too."
"We're already used to seeing hearts given for "likes" on instagram and on Periscope from users who are enjoying your live stream so I think it's a simple move for Twitter. I don't think established users will miss the "stars" and I think it'll help new users to better understand the difference between a 'favourite" or "retweet'."
"I'm a little apprehensive about this. I liked the old format of the Gold Star for favourites, which separated it from Instagram and Facebook - now they've combined the two with a 'Like' love-heart, a Frankenstein of appreciation. Also, it exaggerates - why can't we just like something instead of having to love it?"