If you spend any time on Twitter, you probably noticed a lot of love on the site on Tuesday. Well, a lot of hearts anyway. A heart icon has usurped the familiar star icon used for expressing approval.
Akarshan Kumar, a Twitter product manager, noted in a blog post that the star can confuse people, especially those new to the 140-character messages. “The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones,” Kumar said. “The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people.”
The heart icon is now known as a “like,” but does anyone like it? By midday Tuesday, about 80 percent of the tweets on the topic expressed approval, according to social-media analysis platform Brandwatch. But we couldn’t help love the tweets from about about the haters. And if you happen to be a heart hater yourself, don’t be too broken-hearted. As Mashable reports, there’s already a way to bring back the stars.