Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Twitter is trying to be like Facebook, and that's not good

The other day I got a direct message on Twitter, and it popped up in the bottom right corner of my screen, just like a Facebook instant message (and for the record, I liked Facebook better before it switched its messages to IMs as well).

Today, Twitter changed its yellow star "Favorite" button to a red heart "Like" button:

This is stupid for two reasons: One, Facebook is dying away.  Twitter is different.  People who like Twitter use it because it's different.  And two, when I "Favorite" something it doesn't mean I actually enjoy it, it just means I'm bookmarking it for later.  So now when I "Like" a Celtics reporter's tweet about Avery Bradley's injured hand to use as a reference, to him it looks something like this:

How dumb is that?  Although in the case of this bookmarked tweet, I actually did like it:

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