Twitter users are dismayed at the recent change implemented to the social media site.
The form of approval used on Twitter has been changed from star-shaped ‘favorites’ to heart-shaped ‘likes.’ They even changed the color from yellow to red.
It may seem like an insignificant change, but avid users of the site are annoyed.
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) November 3, 2015
What's up with there being likes on Twitter now?!??
— Crawf (@CrawfordCollins) November 3, 2015
Twitter Is Getting Rid Of Favorites And Replacing Them With Likes pic.twitter.com/AGPYBRZLdD
— Kristijan Krsnik (@KKrsnik) November 3, 2015
Steve Jobs would never have changed Twitter Favourites to Likes.
— ᴺᴼᵀ Jony Ive (@JonyIveParody) November 3, 2015
Twitter removed favorites and added likes???????!!???? pic.twitter.com/trZUORLw5W
— MiDNiTE (@MiDNiTEMN) November 3, 2015
likes are so ugly, twitter cancelled
— ez 🥀 (@pinkfloydharold) November 3, 2015
People have even accused Twitter of trying to be like other social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.
wtf ew what is this new Twitter layout it's FAVOURITES NOT LIKES. THIS IS TWITTER NOT INSTAGRAM
— jamie corbett (@justjamiie) November 3, 2015
Likes …. Man…. Twitter is becoming Facebook.
— Baby (@baby_grows) November 3, 2015
WTF WHY IS THERE LIKES NOOOOO THIS IS TWITTER NOT INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK WHAT ARE YOU DOING
— 5SOS Updates (@5SOSUpdatesGR) November 3, 2015
There are theories as to why the change happened.
Twitter owns vine. Vine has likes. Twitter now has likes.
— Lux (@Callux) November 3, 2015
But here’s what really happened: Twitter execs think there is a lot of pressure about whether users actually think a tweet is their “favorite,” so they figured ‘likes’ were easier.
“It’s a lower bar gesture. It’s a lot easier.” Twitter investor Chris Sacca explained. “Like and heart is much less of a commitment.
— New York Times Video (@nytvideo) November 3, 2015
One thing is certain: users would have preferred several changes over the introduction of the “like.”
Twitter CEO: How can we make Twitter more friendly?
Employee: How about banning all abuse?
CEO: Likes instead of faves it is!
— Tim (@Playing_Dad) November 3, 2015