As of today, Twitter favorites are no more. They've been killed by the social network in favor of likes. With the death of favorites, the star icon used for them is now gone too. Likes are depicted on Twitter with a heart icon.
For whatever reason, Twitter's decided to let go of one of its oldest features - favoriting tweets. This was done by clicking or tapping on the star icon.
Since that's now dead, in its place you'll find the new heart icon which you can click or tap if you want to like a tweet you see. Twitter says people like hearts more than stars. They love hearts, in fact. Oh, and the heart is "a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones" in a way that the lowly star couldn't. The company's blog post on the matter goes on to claim that "the heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people".
Hearts are also coming to Vine, Twitter's enterprise that's all about six-second videos, after having debuted in Periscope, the company's live streaming app. The heart icon and associated like gesture are out today in Twitter for iOS and Android, the Twitter website, TweetDeck, Twitter for Windows 10, Vine for Android, the Vine website, as well as in embedded tweets across the web. The new feature will hit Vine for iOS and Twitter for Mac "soon".