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Twitter’s ‘Favorite’ Button Could Be Called ‘Star’ Or Even ‘Like’ In The Future

Do you hit the “Favorite” button when someone tweets something profound? It’s a useful way to save tweets – which are notorious for disappearing from most timelines a few seconds after they’re sent – and read them or click on their link at a later time.

However, if you’re already a fan of the “Favorite” you might want to brace yourself: Twitter is apparently testing terminology like “Like” and “Star” instead.

The Next Web reported last night that some Twitter users have experienced the change in terminology, but that it’s nowhere near being rolled out on the entire network yet.

Here are some screenshots of “Like” and “Star” in action, via The Next Web and TechCrunch respectively:

Since the changes haven’t rolled out to all users, it looks like Twitter is just doing small tests to see how the different terminology feels on the site.

Using “Like” officially would no doubt earn Twitter some flack from folks who’d claim that Facebook invented the term, and they wouldn’t be completely wrong to be concerned: “Like” poses a suite of problems as a way of condoning or saving social artifacts, not the least of which would be the fact that Twitter users might want to save a tweet but they don’t necessarily “Like” its content.

The “Star” terminology, as The Next Web points out, is used in the fledgling social network App.net, which offers users an advertiser-free space to share with others for a yearly fee.

What do you think of Twitter changing “Favorite” to “Like” or “Star”? Do you have any other ideas for terms they could use? Let us know in the comments below.

(Star image via Shutterstock)

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