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Twitter Changes a Key Feature to Become More Like Instagram and Facebook

Since the announcement that Twitter finally named a CEO, the company has unleashed several changes in an attempt to become more user-friendly and more importantly, gain new users. The newest one is the replacement of "favorites" with "likes" and the replacement of the star icon with a heart.

The decision comes after user testing revealed that people liked using the heart icon more than the star icon. "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," the company wrote on its blog. "You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite." The heart icon is also coming to Vine, a video-uploading social media site owned by Twitter.

This difference between the heart and star icons has sparked a lot of reaction on Twitter itself. Most people are not terribly happy about the feature, and some explained how it could contribute to harassment on Twitter — a problem the company is notoriously known to have.

The complaints do have a point. Many users on Twitter used the favorite and star feature as a way to bookmark stories, ideas, or conversations they wanted to return to. Using a heart to bookmark a story about larger world issues feels a little insensitive. It's a huge reason Facebook is moving away from the "like" feature as well.

No matter — the heart is now in the hands of Twitter users, and it continues to arrive across all platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows 10, TweetDeck, and the desktop version of Twitter. Let us know what you think by taking the poll below.

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