On Tuesday November 3rd 2015 Twitter changed it’s ‘Like’ icon, the star, to the what we see now. The Twitter heart.
At first, as with most change, there was a fair bit of upset around the move. People in general, don’t fair well with change. It’s disconcerting. They liked the star. They didn’t like a love-heart in its place. After all, a heart generally implies love of a romantic nature. There was, from what I saw, a frustration at the move, but we couldn’t do anything about it.
The heart was here.
Twitter wrote a blog post which contained this gif explaining the heart.
This one little heart changed the star and like button completely. No longer was it just a like button, it was a multitude of things to a range of people and depending on circumstances, if one of your tweets is hearted, it could mean one of the above things –
as I’ve found, it could mean even more things. It could mean your tweet wants to be saved for later, to be read again, to be bookmarked because it’s useful, I’ve even seen it used as an acknowledgment that you’ve spoken but the tweeter has no response and that’s it the end of conversation.
Personally, how I use it is to bookmark tweets that have useful information in them. Tweets that I want to keep and find again.
But, I fell into the trap, for a while, of using it randomly for the other things. For saying thank you, for ending conversations, for liking what someone said to me. And I’ve realised, as I realised last week in this post about wanting Twitter to be more sociable, that I was just being lazy. Why couldn’t I tweet the words, Thank you, or That’s great!, or Congrats! Wasn’t that what Twitter was for? To be able to converse in short snappy sentences? That was the point of the 140 character limit, wasn’t it? Wasn’t that why we loved it and signed up in our droves? Now we’re getting lazy and not even finishing conversations properly.
So, I’ve ended up with hundreds and hundreds of hearted tweets that are meaningless and in among those are gems that I genuinely want to keep and read again and some I actually want to act on. What I’m now doing is going through these hearted tweets and undoing what I did and removing the hearts. (It doesn’t mean I love you less – you already saw me heart you!) And instead, I’m saying my thank yous verbally, I’m saying Congrats and I’m telling people that’s great!
I still heart Twitter, obvs. But, I’m overhauling how I use it.
If I heart your tweet now, it means something to me.
Look at the amount of hearts you have – how does it make you feel? 🙂