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Twitter’s Favorite Star Just Got Replaced With a Heart

Your fave is officially old news. 

On Tuesday, the social network put one of its most iconic features to rest: the favorite button. The little gold star that we once clicked to flirt, passive-aggresively blow people off, and show our amusement, support and agreement with other users’ tweets has now been replaced by a heart, or a “like.”

Twitter explained yesterday that the move came as a result of the company making plans to make the site simpler to use. 

“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,” wrote product manager Akarshan Kumar in a blog post. “You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite.” 

This is just one of the many changes that Jack Dorsey has added since being reinstated as CEO of the company last month. In addition to adding the “Moments” tab that helps users follow trending stories, it was just announced last month that the social network may be undergoing changes that will allow for users to tweet past the 140-character count

We’ll admit it—The favorite button probably was a little confusing to some users. When a tweet that’s offensive or in poor taste goes viral, it can be pretty hard to distinguish which people favorited the tweet because they agree with the message or just to save it to their archives. The same can be said for tweets detailing negative news. Whatever the case, the company is now embracing the change.

“The heart…is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures and time zones,” Kumar wrote. “The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people. And in our tests, we found that people loved it.”

Not surprisingly, many Twitter users had a bit of a meltdown. 

Others reacted to the change with humor. 

R.I.P favorites. Excuse us while we spend the rest of this day mourning while listening to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” 

Danielle is a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in English and minoring in Sociology. You can usually find her dividing her time between being Campus Correspondent of Her Campus UGA, binge-watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix and daydreaming about being one of Beyonce's backup dancers. If you want to know more about Danielle, you can follow her on Instagram (@danielleknecole_) or Twitter (@DanielleKnecole).
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