I’ve been utterly unaware of such a thing until just now when I learnt of why people favourite tweets but the flirt-fave is sticking with me.
It’s worrying me, to be frank. I’m trying to remember every tweet I’ve favourited. Only Suzanne Vega has ever favourited me so that’s something for me to glow about later.
That previous story about reasons for favouriting linked out to many resources including this definition of my flirting:
Deployed almost exclusively on personal tweets about your undateability or selfies where your hair looks good. Also applies to people who fav any and all things you tweet, even if they are banal/stupid/something you’re going to delete in the next five minutes.
A Simple Guide to Twitter Favs – Jessica Roy, Time (4 February 2014)
I’m not liking the word ‘favs’. But I would more dislike the next entry, the Hate Fav, if I weren’t ignoring it and going la la la.
Read Roy’s full feature.
Now, I’m telling you this despite the fact that I got very excited one day as I reached for my iPhone exactly as a notification popped up that Suzanne Vega had favourited a tweet of mine. That’s different. That doesn’t factor into any of the following whatsoever.
What’s in a Twitter fave? It’s a gesture – just the click of a button – that can mean any number of things given the context. We’ve developed an entire ecosystem of Twitter faves over the past few years. There’s the hate-fave. The flirt-fave. The fist-bump fave.
Now, researchers have gone one step further and developed what purports to be a scientific taxonomy of favoriting behavior, based on survey responses from 606 active Twitter users. The biggest surprise? Over a third of Twitter users said they weren’t even aware the favoriting function existed. Among the rest, only 3/4ths of users had ever favorited a tweet.
The researchers asked the remaining 290 users open-ended questions about why they favorited things. They coded the responses into a number of categories, and the taxonomy above was born.
The most popular reason for faving something? People simply liked the tweet. For many people it’s analogous to Facebook’s “like” button. Not surprisingly, bookmarking things for later reading or recall was the second most popular reason.
Others used it as a conversational feature, to let someone else know they had seen their tweet, or to signal agreement. 25 people favorited tweets that made them feel special. Six people favorited tweets but had literally no idea why they did so.
What Does it Mean When Someone Favourites Your Tweet? Here are 25 possible answers – The Washington Post (4 June 2014)
Actually… I like the sound of that ‘flirt-fave’.
Via Katharine D’Souza