twitterlogoIn a conversation on Twitter this morning that followed a call for ideas to improve the Twitter platform, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he believes some form of editing function is needed on the social network.

Twitter is one of the few social networks where editing content that's been shared is not possible, despite Twitter users having long desired the feature. On social networks like Facebook and Instagram, editing content that's already been posted to fix spelling and other errors is possible.

The original question posed to Dorsey suggested Twitter users with badges verifying identity be allowed to edit, but Dorsey said editing should be a feature available for all Twitter users, not just those that have been verified. In additional tweets, Dorsey said an editing feature is being considered, and he asked whether a short editing window would be sufficient for correcting mistakes or if editing should be allowed at any time.


It's not clear if and when Dorsey's feelings on an edit function will translate into an actual edit feature implemented on Twitter, but Twitter has been making a lot of positive changes in recent months and Dorsey says the company is "thinking a lot" about editing and how it would work on Twitter.

Back in September, Twitter implemented a change to its character limit, making it so photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and quoted tweets no longer count towards the 140-character limit. According to Dorsey, Twitter is also exploring better tweet storm tools, improved search relevance, better conversation threading, a more consistent response to hate speech and more transparency, and improvements to direct messages.

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Top Rated Comments

CrickettGrrrl Avatar
60 months ago
I'd love a 5 to 15 minute window to correct mthspellings and omissions. But no more than that because I'd hate to "like" somebody's Tweet and then have them completely change their Tweet to something hideous several hours later.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mixel Avatar
60 months ago
The only way I'd be happy about editable tweets is if it shows a changelog you can view the old versions in.

It is *very* important people can be held accountable for things they've said. The potential for trolling and abuse is insane if you can just change your targeting tweets after the fact.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
asleep Avatar
60 months ago
Edits invite bait & switch and other bad behaviors, imo.

If you make a mistake, delete the tweet... Not that complicated.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shookster Avatar
60 months ago
The only reason not to allow editing is so that "gotcha" games can still be played. Is it sooo vital that a tweet be unaltered for historical reasons?
1. Person posts perfectly normal tweet.
2. Famous person / politician likes tweet.
3. Person edits tweet to say something nefarious.
4. Newspapers: "OMG! Famous person liked something terrible!"

Disallowing editing has nothing to do with "gotcha" games because there's already a solution for that: delete the tweet.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarlJ Avatar
60 months ago
I'd love a 5 to 15 minute window to correct mthspellings and omissions. But no more than that because I'd hate to "like" somebody's Tweet and then have them completely change their Tweet to something hideous several hours later.
Yeah, the basic problem has always been:

1. Post "retweet if you like puppies!" (with adorable picture)
2. Get 100K likes/retweets.
3. Change text to "retweet if you like Hitler and Satan!"

They need a way to either allow only grammatical/typographical changes to text/links that do not alter the meaning (and AI just isn't that good yet), or have all likes/retweets dropped if the original is changed (possibly with some sort of update pushed out to the clients of anyone who has liked/retweeted, saying, "old version pulled, click okay to apply your like/retweet to this replacement"), or have something that makes it really apparent that the change has been made (replacement tweet with original tweet below it in slightly smaller print? Something that favors the new text but presents the original prominently enough that anyone will notice the change... hard to come up with a happy medium).
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Jack Dorsey is a piece of garbage, ...
What's with the picture? Is it you, or him, or some random image off the internet? Is it added to your post as evidence of something, or intended to sway people's opinions in some way? Does spiky blue hair make a difference?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redscull Avatar
60 months ago
What is so difficult about double-checking your tweet during the creation process before confirming it versus just after confirming it? Seriously, there is no need for an edit feature. That enables all kinds of abuse just to appease lazy people.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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