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Twitter had a big change of heart. The star icon, which stood for the underused “favorite” features Put Twitter's Most Underrated Feature to Good Use - Twitter Favourites Put Twitter's Most Underrated Feature to Good Use - Twitter Favourites Twitter 'Favourites' are probably the most underrated and most often forgotten feature that the social network has to offer. Like many of its features, however, it really leaves it up to you how you want... Read More , is gone. In its place now stands a heart, which stands for “Like”.

And as with everything on Twitter, everyone has an opinion.

In the above blog post, Twitter explained that the star logo was confusing for newcomers. The heart, on the other hand, is more universally known and is more expressive for a range of emotions.

The change from “Favorite” to “Like” displays the more fundamental change. A Favorite is more personal, while a Like is more public, as Nate Clinton, director of product strategy at Cooper design firm, explained to Wired:

Favorite is a bookmarking concept from the old days of the web. It’s personal, like I just want to save this myself, whereas a like is more public.

Twitter, for its part, argues the opposite concept. “You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite,” it said. Notice that Twitter is hammering in the word “Like” and not “Love”. In a world where emojis have deep meanings An Emoji to English Dictionary: Emoji Faces' Meaning, Explained An Emoji to English Dictionary: Emoji Faces' Meaning, Explained Confused by a text? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emoji. Read More , semantics matter.

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Twitter already notified you when someone favorited your tweet Twitter Now Notifies You When Someone Favorites A Tweet That Mentions You [Updates] Twitter Now Notifies You When Someone Favorites A Tweet That Mentions You [Updates] Twitter's effort to make it easy for you to track conversations continues. The social network is starting to point out when someone favorites a tweet mentioning you – or Retweets a Tweet that you Retweeted.... Read More or a tweet that mentioned you. So a Favorite was already a public acknowledgment of sorts. A Like is the logical evolution of that for a social network, since they’re about emotions.

Just like with most changes, this is going to blow over and we’ll all get used to it soon enough. But typically, Twitter has reacted strongly to this.

Several users commented that Twitter was becoming too much like Facebook, and ruining what they loved about the microblogging platform.

Some have gone as far as to suggest that a heart is “too gay” for manly men to click it. The Next Web shut them down, as did gay rights activist R. J. Aguiar of Not Adam and Steve:

Not everyone hates the new Hearts and Likes though:

How to Manage or Delete Your Old Favorites

Here’s the thing. Favorites are dead, but everything you have already favorited till now will show up as a Like. And that makes a big, big difference.

The bad news? There isn’t an option to magically delete all tweets in one fell swoop. And you might want to save some of them for the links. You could go through your Twitter favorites list, but a couple of apps do help in the process.

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To manage your favorites or likes, FavGuard is my preferred option. Sign in and give it a few minutes, after which it will fetch your entire list of Favorites. FavGuard does a great job of sorting them into tweets with links and tweets without links. This way, you can see all your favorites with links, and bookmark them separately. I’d recommend using Pocket, the best digital bookmarking service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More , and do install its browser extension to get a “Save Link to Pocket” option in the right-click context menu.

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To bulk delete your favorites or likes, head to Unfavinator. Again, you’ll need to sign in with Twitter and grant it access to your favorites. All the favorites are listed one below the other, with a handy “X” button that you can click to unfavorite/unlike it. I found it to be much, much faster than doing it through any other method.

How to Save Tweets From Now On

The “Like” button is now an emotional reaction, but what if you still want to just save a tweet for later? Well, you have a few options.

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Again, I recommend using Pocket or a similar popular tool to save stuff to read 9 Tools To Save What You Read On The Web For Later 9 Tools To Save What You Read On The Web For Later Have you ever gone back searching the Internet for something you read and just couldn’t find it? I think we all have – it’s quite frustrating. The problem comes when we don’t take the time... Read More . Install the extension for that service in your web browser so that it shows up in the right-click context menu. When you’re browsing Twitter on the computer, just right-click an interesting link to save the link, or right-click the time of the tweet to save the tweet.

If you’re browsing Twitter on the phone or tablet, then ditch the official app and use third-party Twitter apps for Android Forget Twitter's Official Android App, Use These Apps Instead Forget Twitter's Official Android App, Use These Apps Instead The official Twitter app sucks. Let's be honest. So here are some amazing alternatives. Read More or third-party Twitter apps for iOS Forget Twitter's Official iPhone App, Use These Instead Forget Twitter's Official iPhone App, Use These Instead Now that we've told you why everyone needs Twitter in their lives, here's one more piece of unsolicited advice: don't use the official Twitter app. Read More . Apps like Twitterrific make it easy to save links to bookmarking apps like Pocket.

In case you’re using the official app, then save links in iPhone through the sharing menu Read It Later Options Gone? Save Links in Twitter's iPhone App Read It Later Options Gone? Save Links in Twitter's iPhone App If you use Twitter for news, blogs, and articles; a direct link between Twitter and your read-later service of choice is essential. Luckily, there are a couple of ways to get the feature back. Read More , or edit and clean up Android’s sharing menu How to Edit and Clean Up Android's Share Menu: No Root Required How to Edit and Clean Up Android's Share Menu: No Root Required If you're like most Android users, your Share menu is cluttered with options you never use. It doesn't have to be that way. Read More to make it easy to bookmark items. In either scenario, remember to put our bookmarking app at the top of the sharing menu.

What Do You Think of Hearts and Likes?

As Buzzfeed’s poll indicates, existing Twitter users aren’t too happy with the new icon and meaning. But a poll only tells so much. We want to know what you think! So in the comments below, tell us whether you’re an existing Twitter user or not, and whether Hearts and Likes is a welcome change or not.

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