Forget About The Edit Button: Twitter

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Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey

Summary

  • Twitter was launched in March 2006.
  • Twitter Button not coming anytime soon.
  • Edit Button is low on Twitter’s list of priorities

Since it’s inception almost over a decade and a half ago, Twitter has continued improving making it one of the most used social media in the whole world. Twitter was launched in March 2006. Many new features have been added to the platform, such as Topics, Dark mode, Lists, Tabs for Topics, Lists and Bookmarks to mention but a few.

This has revamped their web interface, allowing users to attach gifs, videos or photos to quote retweets, Status indicators and more recently we talk about “conversational participants’ compose screen tool that will let users limit who can reply and improving thread conversation.

However, with all the new innovations, the most eagerly waited edit button feature is nowhere near to be added. For those who have been active on Twitter, you’ll aware of the endless calls for an edit button. Well the shouting has and still been unfruitful as every time we think Twitter will include it in the new features it brings but nothing comes close to it.

To add to the wound Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey actually dismissed any plans to introduce the edit button. Speaking in a Wired Q & A interview, when asked if Twitter will finally get an edit button this year, Dorsey simply sails, “The answer is no.” 

This, therefore, means Twitter users will have to live with those grammar mistakes or continue resorting to replies to make the corrections.

Dorsey went on to explain why they are not so keen on the edit button idea. “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, ” Jack Dorsey explains in the video.

Edit buttons could have good and bad applications as you can fix typos and broken links while malicious actors can edit their tweets to mislead people.

“So, these are all the considerations. But we’ll probably never do it.,” added Dorsey.

It is now a matter of fingers crossed, that perhaps Twitter will in the near future bring it according to that statement. However, it looks like this feature is low on Twitter’s list of priorities.

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