Eliminate typos and grammar mistakes! No more fat finger autocorrected mistakes and text despair! Edit button appeared on Twitter.
After countless pleas from many of our over 237 million users, some will be able to click a button on the social media service on Thursday to edit the tweets they post. It’s only been 15 years, 9 months and 22 days since they started seeking that ability.
Since Twitter was announced in 2006, basic usage of Twitter has been simple and consistent. There were no takebacks on the timeline.
This makes the edit button perhaps the biggest change in the social media service since 2017, when Twitter increased the character limit for messages from 140 to 280 characters.
Twitter’s commitment to the first draft has made it a destination for online brawls and hot takes. However, people often regret their word choice or realize they made a spelling mistake shortly after posting a tweet.
As Twitter grew from a niche service to a global platform, more and more users wanted a way to edit their posts. they complained. they begged. they were furious. Some asked for an edit button to fix typos in their tweets.
Even billionaire Elon Musk, embroiled in a battle over whether to stick with his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, appears to favor the edit button.
Twitter didn’t work.
The company argued that there is something noble about showing off mistakes. A malicious user was able to modify an already widely shared tweet to replace the harmless message with a misleading message. Those who retweet the statement may miss the update and inadvertently broadcast a tweet they no longer agree with.
More recently, however, Twitter has started reconsidering the edit button. This is because they tried to expand their services by attracting people who pay attention to their words.
In 2020, Twitter rolled out fleets, a temporary feature that deletes user posts after 24 hours. It didn’t work and was discontinued. This week, the company introduced Circle. This is a feature that allows you to post messages to a small subset of your 150 followers.
Having someone fix your mistakes may also reduce your stage fright.
“We hope that the availability of Edited Tweets makes Tweets more approachable and less stressful,” Twitter said in a statement. “You should be able to participate in the conversation in a way that makes sense to you.”
The edit button will first be granted to Twitter employees for internal testing and then to users of Twitter Blue, a subscription service. The company eventually plans to give everyone the option to change their tweets, though it hasn’t said when.
To prevent the edit button from becoming a favorite among disinformation spreaders, Twitter added a safeguard. Users can only make changes for 30 minutes after the original Tweet is posted. After editing, the Tweet will be labeled as changed. By clicking on the label, viewers can see the history of edits.
So those annoying typos are mostly gone. But they’re certainly less noticeable — and perhaps a little less embarrassing.