Kevin Weil, shared with the crowd that the new hearts aren’t stopping activity.
In fact, the activity is increased:
The reason? According to Weil, “It’s easier to understand.” Makes sense. How many favorites could you really have at the end of the day? The increase is 6% for existing users and 9% for new users.
The official change to hearts, away from stars, and likes instead of favorites, happened on the 3rd.
People have complained, but it doesn’t seem to have made much of a
difference…in the way you might have expected as a hardcore user.
“We put a lot of thought into a change as fundamental as replacing
star with heart. We tested it a bunch of different ways across a bunch
of different countries. Trying different icons, different words.” Weil
“The heart is a universal symbol. It’s a much more inclusive symbol.” Weil continued.
Although the negative reaction to this change is still rising. Maybe people do like hearts more, after all.