Twitter’s inability to provide an edit button has been a significant problem for users. Twitter finally confirmed that this feature is being worked on.
Twitter was founded in 2006 and had been resisting requests to add an edit button. This is due to uncertainty over how to introduce it safely.
What is the best way to make it happen now that the company has resigned?
Twitter Plans to Add an Edit Button
In April 2022, it was announced that Elon Musk had purchased 9.2% of the Twitter stock. This made him the largest shareholder of the company. He created a poll to ask his followers if they wanted an edit button. A record 73.6% (out of 4.4 million) voters voted “Yes.”
Twitter revealed that the edit feature has been in development since 2021. Testing will start shortly to see if it works.
Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s Head of Consumer Product, shared more insight about the company’s work. He said that people want to be able to fix typos and mistakes. However, the problem is how to preserve “integrity and the public conversation.”
The Pros and Cons of an Edit Button
Facebook is not the only social media platform that has an edit button. Twitter has so far resisted this trend, mainly since it is used by many political opinions and shares news from world leaders.
Former US President Donald Trump used it as its primary way of communicating.
Twitter’s hesitation to include such a feature makes sense, considering it has become the leading news source for many.
You may need to edit a tweet if you make a mistake, forget to include someone else’s Twitter handle or press the post button too soon.
The main problem with an edit button is that you can edit a post to modify your position on important issues due to backlash, claim misunderstandings, or change the discourse to your liking.
What should Twitter’s Edit Feature look like?
An edit button on Twitter is a great tool, just like any other social media or messaging platform. Because we are all in a rush, and all of us make mistakes, it is crucial to be able to edit.
Twitter is a high-risk platform, and the company is rightly concerned. Imagine reading an article based on a tweet made by a prominent political figure on Twitter. Then, imagine the article suddenly changing to something entirely different because of adverse reactions.
You need to be aware of a few things if Twitter decides to add an edit button. First, you need to have a time limit to make changes. For example, 5 minutes.
This is enough time to see if you have mistyped something, if the mention function doesn’t work or if you accidentally tag someone else.
History of edits should be added. It should be possible to see the original tweet regardless of whether you are fixing a typo or adding clarifications.
This feature should be much more visible than Facebook’s, which requires you to tap on the three dots to view the post’s history. To make sure that an edit is visible, you should attach a notification.
If the message has been modified in any way, thirdly, users should be able to report the edit to Twitter. All reports should be reviewed by a team of employees and not AI. This is one method of dealing with the situation. Another is to revert the message to its original form.
Twitter’s Edit Button Will Not Solve Everything
Twitter is trying to make a lot more in 2022. They’ve been asked about adding an edit button, and another is a downvoting system. Many users are wondering if Twitter is following the same path as Facebook.
It does seem that downvoting works differently from Facebook’s post reactions.
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