The Much Debated Twitter Update: Stars Lose To Hearts!
The 3rd of November 2015 was one of the toughest days for Twitter users across the world. The previous night, Twitter was brimming with stars – those tiny yellow-coloured icons that inadvertently made the impression that we faved or appreciated something. The world woke up to open Twitter the next day, and alas! The fave stars were gone, nowhere to be found and there set in the debated Twitter update. And taking up their void were the new “hearts”, which Twitter introduced as a new way of “liking” something.
The social networking world went into frenzy with the debated Twitter update. Twitter users across the globe were accustomed to the favourite “star” button, and this sudden change drew intense criticism from all quarters. And there were reasons strong enough to do so. Firstly, we cannot “heart” everything. Heart, in the general opinion, is an extremely positive opinion about something. We may like a tweet, but we may not “heart” it. And secondly, as Twitter user Anthony Swanson said, we could have been on Instagram had we wanted to. This whole “heart” thing of Twitter seems to be a blatant copy of Instagram, and people have not appreciated that very much, it seems.
However, there are ways in which we can bring our favourite stars back in action – a sure way out of the debated Twitter update. Given below are a horde of tweaks and extensions which would fill Twitter with stars, and make it the heaven Twitter users have been accustomed to.
The Fav Forever extension
Reed Kanver probably didn’t like the idea of changing stars to hearts – the much debated Twitter update. The Brooklyn-based software developer took to designing an extension that would bring back the “stars”. And how successful has he been? Very, to be honest. This Twitter “star-fanatic” has made an extension – a Google Chrome add-on, which transforms the heart into the likeable star. Once installed, it changes Twitter’s hearts back to stars. Though a bit heavy-weight at 82.66 kB, the fact that it isn’t restricted to hearts, or stars, is an added benefit.
The “Stylish” extension
The “Stylish” extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox has also relieved the stress of countless “Tweeple” giving a firm alterntaive to the debated Twitter update. This extension just requires a piece of code to be modified, and our favourite stars would be there before our eyes. The code contains information about the emoji we want to replace the “heart” with, so basically we can tweak the code to convert the hearts into any emoji of our choice. An added advantage of this extension would be its compatibility with both Firefox and Chrome, giving it a slight edge over other similar extensions.
A relatively light extension at 9.93 kB, and updated just three days after the sad demise of the stars – giving rise to the debated Twitter update – Twitter Stars brought back the stars that people so mournfully missed. What it does is just convert the “heart” symbol for “like” into the well known star button, much the same like others. Easy to install and quick to take effect, this add-on is proven to be quite effective in bringing back the “stars” in Twitter.
Another extension. Another joyous hurrah from “Tweeple”. Working in the same way as the other extensions mentioned so far, the StarBack add-on just gives a more realistic feeling to things. It converts the hearts into stars, and does it quite beautifully. The stars that appear after installing this are thinner, and resemble the original more closely. And the fact that this extension is all of 2.56 kB helps, as also the fact that it was updated the same day the stars vanished from Twitter. Though only Google Chrome supports it, still one would be happy to install Google Chrome and this extension, than go ”star-less”. This extension too relieves you of the debated Twitter update.
Although these add-ons and extensions change the way Twitter looks, change its “heart” into the favourite “stars”, still all of them lack a permanent solution to the problem. The reason for this is that any change made to the web browser through the installation of various add-ons, would only be visible to that particular machine. We have to re-install the add-ons in other machines so as to change the way Twitter looks. Subsequently, our “stars” for a particular tweet would be a “heart” for a person without these extensions installed. Thus, these extensions only serve to change the hearts at the client side, and thus lack a permanent remedy.
However, considering the fact that we don’t want to know what people might see, a heart or a star, and are only concerned with the way Twitter appears on our computers, these extensions would provide us with simple and easy solutions to overcome the debated Twitter update. After all, witnessing the return of “stars” on Twitter would surely amaze Tweeple from across the world.