Farewell, Typos! Twitter Unveils an Edit Button. Errors in spelling and grammar, vanish! Say farewell to annoying autocorrect mistakes and hopeless texting due to clumsy finger placement! Twitter will soon provide the ability to modify tweets.
On Thursday, the social media service will begin allowing some of its more than 237 million users to amend a tweet by clicking a button. It has only been requested for the past 15 years, 9 months, and 22 days.
When it comes to the fundamentals of using Twitter, nothing has changed since the service’s inception in 2006: You thought something, typed it into a tweet and sent it out into the world, where you were then forced to face the repercussions. The timeline was final, with no room for reversals.
Since 2017, when Twitter upped the character limit for messages to 280 from 140, the edit button is likely the most significant change in the social media service.
Because of its emphasis on raw, unpolished content, Twitter has become a hub for heated debates and debates about the merits of various theories. However, after tweeting, people frequently realize they made a poor choice of words or that they made a spelling error.
More and more Twitter users wanted the ability to edit their postings as the service expanded from a niche to a global platform. They whined about it. As a result, they pleaded for help. Fury erupted within them. Some Twitter users requested an “edit” button so they could rectify typos they had made.
Billionaire Elon Musk, who is debating whether to abandon a $44 billion proposal to acquire Twitter, has also expressed support for the addition of an edit button.
Twitter was unmoved.
The firm claimed that there was some higher purpose served by making errors public. After a tweet has been widely disseminated, a malicious individual can edit it to replace the original message with one that misleads. Retweeters risk spreading messages they no longer support if they fail to check for updates to the original tweets they are sharing.
While expanding its user base, Twitter has recently considered adding an edit option to appeal to those who are more careful with their word choice.
In 2020, Twitter introduced a tool called Fleets, which automatically removed user content after 24 hours. That failed to gain popularity and was subsequently scrapped. Circles, a new feature released this week, allows users to target their updates to a specific group of up to 150 of their followers.
It’s possible that allowing people to fix their mistakes would help them feel more comfortable on stage.
Twitter said in a statement, “We hope that by making Edit Tweet available, tweeting will feel more approachable and less stressful.” If you want to be a part of the discourse, you should be allowed to do so in a way that makes sense to you.
Users of Twitter Blue, Twitter’s paid subscription service, will be the next to have access to the edit button following an internal testing phase. Eventually, though it did not say when, the firm expects to allow all users to edit their tweets.
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Twitter has implemented protections to stop the edit button from becoming a favorite of disinformation spreaders. Changes to tweets submitted within the first 30 minutes will be allowed. When a tweet is amended, it will be marked as such. If you click the label, you can see the revisions made to the post over time.