In the last day I have read a couple of tweets that express the idea that marking a tweet as a favorite is how introverts “retweeted”. The idea is that some people don’t feel like broadcasting an interesting tweet to their timeline, but by favoriting it, they are taking an action and have it saved.
I don’t find that to be the case for most people, but there is a little bit of truth to it, even for me. I have marked as favorites, tweets that contained subject matter I found interesting, but didn’t think was appropriate or of interest to the people I interact with. I also use favorites to mark interesting stories and videos that I just don’t have time to read at the moment. And sometimes I just favorite tweets I really like.
With recent Twitter notifications changes, you now know when someone favorites your tweets because you get an email alert. @ reply notifications would need to be already set up on your Twitter account for this to happen, but there was no opt-in process specifically about favorite notification. And as far as I know, you can’t opt out of having tweets you favorite result in an email notice to the account who posted the tweet.
A person’s favorites were always available to view, but I haven’t talk to a single person who routinely looked at another person’s account to see what they had marked as favorites. There are a few apps like Boxcar that would send favorite notifications, but by and large, most Twitter applications and interfaces didn’t deal with favorites in any way. Certainly not to the level of notification that Twitter is now doing.
So this is a massive change and at some level feels like a small invasion of privacy, especially since Twitter didn’t send out a email telling people that this change was going to happen. I don’t know that this update will massively change how I use favorites, but I will think about the email notification every time I consider marking something as a favorite.
If you want to make any changes to your notfications, you can click here to directly access your Twitter settings.
Will how you use favorites change with this new email notification? Did you even know about the change? I would love your comments as this isn’t a clear issue and would love to hear feedback.