Twitter does offer a star-shaped “favorite” button, but it seems there is some confusion over what it means to favorite something. I’ve been asked the following questions about it: “Is the star to say you want to save that tweet for later?” “Is the star just a way of saying you saw a person’s tweet and liked it?” “Is a favorite a like, or a dislike?”
The long-neglected favorite button sure seems like it could become something very powerful for Twitter if they can get the messaging around it correct.
A former Twitter engineer has released an app that lets you schedule your tweets to be deleted. Enable Spirit for Twitter and append a hashtag like #1m, #2h, or #3d, and your tweet will disappear after the specified timeframe.
When a tweet annoys him [The Awl’s Choire Sicha], he does what he calls “hate-favoriting,” a sort of sarcastic use of the favorite option. “When someone is totally awful, hitting ‘favorite’ is the most perverse thing you can do.”