Today, I put out a request on Twitter for people wanting to know more about Twitter. I received a response that I thought would be a “no-brainer” to answer.
Such was not the case.
It appears that this user wanted to know why Twitter didn’t have an edit function. My own immediate answer was that it would make all tweets everywhere statistically irrelevant. It worked for me, but then I started my research.
People brought some great reasons forward as to why the edit function would be needed. After reviewing what they wrote, I found myself in agreement with them that something needed to be done.
Following I review their answers first and then conclude with my own response. I believe you’ll like what you read ahead, if you are wanting to know more about the edit functionality in Twitter.
Business Insider on Twitter’s Missing Edit Function
AUTHOR: Will Oremus (Twitter)
DATE: Jul. 17, 2016
Good cause was presented for an edit feature with Twitter based on someone being wrongfully convicted of a crime. The photo ended up going viral and the innocent man had to suffer the humiliation of something he did not do. Had an edit button been available this would have been entirely avoided. However, what if someone responds to a tweet and then it updates making their response seem totally irrelevant.
While this concern was raised there seemed to be no definitive answer to its concern. I’d take that a step further by suggesting that a tweet which can be edited is a statistical nightmare waiting to happen. The result would be numbers that have no meaning leaving the whole concept of tweeting worthless.
NY Times on Twitter’s Missing Edit Function
AUTHOR: Katie Rogers (Twitter)
DATE: JAN. 6, 2016
Katie further explores concerns related to the retweet debate and offers possible ideas on how to solve it. I particularly liked the concept of a timed edit function as I would have issues with editing being available on a permanent basis.
Jack Dorsey was quoted in this article with a positive slant on the edit tweet functionality. It seems that there is ample reason on both sides of the coin when it comes to offering an edit function on Twitter.
One thing this article did bring forward is the fact of dislike for change. While that’s true, it does make me stop for a moment considering that we are talking within the ever-changing platform of social media.
Irish Times on Twitter’s Missing Edit Function
AUTHOR: Marie Boran (Twitter)
DATE: Jan 12, 2017
Jack Dorsey shows up again in this article from Marie. Looks like the concept of editing a tweet is on the mind of Jack Dorsey. That could be a positive sign.
Marie went on to show concerns from both sides of the coin as it relates to empowering tweets to be edited. I liked the idea of displaying the older tweet when an edit has taken place but advising that this was the original. Not sure how that would work out if someone had shared the tweet on their blog or Website.
WMMR on Twitter’s Missing Edit Function
AUTHOR: 933WMMR (Twitter)
DATE: JANUARY 6, 2017
Apparently, Jack Dorsey sent out a tweet recently asking users how they would like to see Twitter grow in 2017. Many people responded with a request for being able to edit their tweets. While this could indeed be problematic, Jack Dorsey responded positively to this request by saying:
“a form of edit is def needed.”
We shall see what takes place in the year ahead, but for those who would like to see an edit option made available on Twitter, it does appear that something positive may be headed your way.
Start Your Own Affiliate Marketing Business on Twitter’s Missing Edit Function
AUTHOR: Guy Siverson (That’s Me) – (Twitter)
DATE: March 26, 2017
Okay, so my own view was swayed on this one. I see a reason for an edit function in tweets especially in such situations when someone has been wrongfully accused of being a criminal. That directly and negatively impacts a person’s safety and wellbeing which is not okay.
However, there are also issues with editing tweets as many of the above writers brought out. Overall, it seems that I was the only one concerned about the statistical nature of tweets when editing becomes an option. I think I liked the idea of a timed tweet best, but even that would not solve all issues involved.
Perhaps if a person is verified they should be able to edit all tweets. This would lead more people to want to be verified, which I believe would be preferred by Twitter.
Concluding Thoughts About Being Able to Edit Your Tweets
Now that you have heard from everyone else it is your turn. How do you weigh into this topic about editing tweets?
Are you for or against?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below and let Dorsey know what you prefer.
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