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Inspired by Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump)? Twitter considers releasing an ‘edit tweet’ button
Last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asked its users which improvements they most wanted to see on the platform this year. As you might expect, one of the most requested features was to be able to edit Tweets without needing to delete and re-post them.
In response to requests for an edit button, Dorsey agreed that an editing feature was definitely needed in some capacity on the platform, as well as admitting it was something the company were thinking a lot about. However, he and other users expressed concerns with trust issues and changelogs.
As Engadget UK reports, Dorsey thinks that anything beyond quick edits would require a changelog to ensure edits don’t go “off the public record”. This is similar who allow users to make edits at any time after posting, though other users can easily see what was changed and when.
Dorsey also suggested that there are two types of editing systems the platform could implement. The first would give you a short window (such as five minutes) to make quick and simple edits (e.g. fixing typos and bad links). The second option would be more like Facebook’s by allowing users to edit their posts at any time they need.
The TJM take: There have been many concerns expressed around the possibly of Twitter getting their own editing feature. As user Justyn Howard points out, “80 people liked [your tweet]. Which version?”
Though it’s definitely handy being able to fix a little mistake without much notice (such as you can on Facebook), the platform has had a serious problem with fake news, and this problem could be further amplified on a website like Twitter where content moves (and is absorbed) very fast.
Plus, how many users will actually go through the effort to check the post’s changelog? With the speed in which Twitter’s feeds move, they could go very easily missed.
*Image source: Engadget UK
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