Earlier today, Twitter ditched favoriting tweets in favor of liking them, and in turn replaced the social network’s beloved star icon with an adorable heart. This change is of course — as with every change that comes to pretty much every social network, ever — very controversial, with many arguing that it’s simply a lazy move. Many say that it’s simply more evidence of Twitter’s problems in a world where its main competitor is now moving beyond likes to reactions that are more complex.
But if you use Google Chrome, and statistics says that you probably do, favorites don’t have to be completely dead quite yet. Thanks to a new Chrome extension called “Fav Forever,” you can keep those stars around as long as you want…
It’s pretty simple, and it does exactly what you think it would. Once you have the extension installed (which only takes a couple of clicks, by the way), you’ll find that all of the new hearts on Twitter will be replaced with the stars from… yesterday.
That doesn’t apply to the mobile apps, though. If you’re using Twitter for Android or iOS, you’ll be getting the stars sometime very soon (if not already), and it won’t be nearly as easy for developers to whip up something to fix that (although it is theoretically possible on Android and jailbroken iOS devices). Also, third-party apps are being mandated to switch their stars to hearts. Really, you don’t have much choice. But if you want to hold on for a little longer with this extension, go for it.