No longer seeing stars

There is turmoil in the Twitterverse, or at least some segments of it, over this:

We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. 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. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite.

The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. 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.

I question that “range of emotions” business, but no matter. Where else can you find similar iconography?

Right: on our very own Fimfiction, which still uses stars. You apply a star to a story, and it becomes listed among your “favourites,” but that’s not its primary function: once you’ve starred a story, you get notifications of new chapters. Readers can vote a story up or down with the thumb device, whether or not they’re receiving notifications; it’s possible for someone to star a story and still vote it down.

Now if knighty starts something with hearts, I’m going to be ever so slightly concerned.

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