Twitter won't let you edit your tweets, in 2020 at least

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 16 Jan 2020
Twitter won't let you edit your tweets, in 2020 at least

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has confirmed that you will not be able to edit your tweet.

He confirmed this during a video Q&A with Wired.

You will have to live with your mistakes or delete your tweet.

Literally, what you read in the leader above is the news, but since you are here let's elaborate a bit for you. During a video Q&A with Wired, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked if users will be able to edit their tweets. His answer was a simple one-word - No. The request for an edit button to edit your tweets has been a long-requested feature and sadly, Twitter hasn't complied. According to The Verge,  Twitter’s product lead Kayvon Beykpour said last summer, “Honestly, it’s a feature that I think we should build at some point, but it’s not anywhere near the top of our priorities.”

With the ability to edit your tweets users won't spend as much time thinking about what they tweet as they do now. Adding the edit button will add a level of slack to users engaging on the platform. Besides, we won't have the treasure trove of Twitter memes we do. The only saving grace is that you can delete your tweet. 

Coming back to the Q&A with Wired, Dorsey goes on to explain the decision to leave out the edit button. He says that the decision has its roots in Twitter’s original vision. He says, “We started as an SMS, text message service. And as you all know, when you send a text, you can’t really take it back. We wanted to preserve that vibe, that feeling, in the early days.”

All other social platforms give users the ability to edit their posts, even if some of them have a tag of “edited” once you've fixed your typo or changed certain facts. It's nice to see that once you have sent out a tweet you can't really change it. Your only option is to delete it. How does this affect you? Well, tweet to us and let us know. If you make a mistake, let it be. It's like the SMS you sent that you can't take back.

In other Twitter news, At CES 2020, Suzanne Xie, Twitter director of product management took the stage to talk about some new changes that are coming to the platform this year. She focused specifically on conversations. In a bid to give its users more control over who can reply to a tweet, the social media platform is all set to add a new setting for “conversation participants” right on the compose screen. You can read more about the new features here

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