It’s been a tough morning. Last night, when you went to bed, Twitter was full of stars—little yellow icons that meant you faved something. And then when you woke up, they were gone, replaced with hearts and “likes.” As if the Internet need more “likes.”

The seemingly small update hasn’t been terribly well-received, but Twitter’s probably happy we’re all yelling about Lucky Charms symbols rather than paying attention to this report on the company’s struggles with diversity. Which is to point out that this is a tiny, tiny visual change—but hey, if you spend a lot of time staring into the Twitter void and the idea of clicking a heart is unappealing, there’s something you can do about it. So get thee to the Chrome App Store, and choose among these extensions.

Twitter Star

Easy, quick, effective: Install it, hit up Twitter, and boom. A star is (re)born.

Twitter Favorite

Another simple solution. Add this extension, and watch the hearts change to stars right before your eyes. Magic!

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Surprise: StarBack works exactly the same as the above options, but it has a fun name and the star icon looks a little thinner, more like the original.


As pointed out by Gizmodo this morning, there’s also an extension called Stylish that lets you turn the heart into a star… or anything you want. If your dream has been to click a taco emoji multiple times a day, then this is great news for you.

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