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Hey Twitter, you changed my bookmarks into 'likes' and I don't like that

Soumyadip Choudhury @soumyadip

Updated: November 4, 2015, 6:32 AM IST
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Hey Twitter, you changed my bookmarks into 'likes' and I don't like that
The star icon wasn't just about favouriting. It was a natural extension of our Web browser habits where we would click on the star to bookmark.
Long years ago, when I first signed up, it was an intriguing and confusing place (it still is) and gradually started enjoying the feel of the restrictive yet free form of expression. It was great fun being inventive. Then Twitter started to 'evolve' (into Facebook?).

The third-party developers, who played a big role in the early fame and growth of the service, were shown the door by an ungrateful Twitter. And a lot of other changes have since been coming our way.

As part of its continual effort to take on its more-formidable rival, Facebook (and Facebook has been adding quite a few Twitter-like features over the years), Twitter just announced yet another addition (actually transformation) - 'hearts'

Twitter is calling its 'hearts,' 'likes.' For the record, Facebook also has 'likes' but the icon used is different.

Twitter says, this will "make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use" and the earlier star icon "could be confusing, especially to newcomers." Agree. But what about us veterans?

The star icon wasn't just about favouriting. It was a natural extension of our Web browser habits where we would Ctrl+D or click on the star icon to bookmark a page for later.

New Twitter heart is not for bookmarking

The favourite (star) icon existed on a tweet so that you could also "save the Tweet for later," in Twitter's own words.

So over the years, I have been saving a lot of them for later (and also removing them occasionally). And they are also publicly listed on my account. And they have been largely bookmarks (tweets that I intended to look up later) and not 'likes' as Twitter would now want the world to believe.

Obviously, I don't necessarily like all that I bookmark (I, like many of you, bookmark stuff that might otherwise disgust me, for a variety of reasons). But in one sweep Twitter has unceremoniously converted all of my bookmarks into 'likes.' And I, obviously, don't like that. Do you?


First Published: November 3, 2015, 11:39 PM IST

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