And then there’s the edit button, or lack their of:
I wanted to wage a fruitless, years-long campaign for editable tweets
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) August 1, 2018
The problem is that tweets are a thing of record. It has been abused, and many people have paid now for past tweets. Editing tweets after the fact, though, can be just as ingenious:
Unpopular Opinion: I’m anti-Twitter edit button. I don’t want to like/RT anything you guys can change later. Also, learning how to go on living even though I tweeted a typo has taught me how to be strong & brave. It has truly given me a testimony about what it means to overcome.
— Akilah Green (@akilahgreen) July 6, 2018
A simple solution
Twitter should take a page out of Gmail. Here’s how I explained it earlier this year:
GMail gives you up to 30 seconds to stop the just-sent email from going.
Really simple. In other words, create a gap between when you tweet and when it goes live. As I shared in the previous Inc. column, Google, Microsoft and other email providers give this option – usually up to five minutes.
It also satisfies the different needs:
- It keeps the integrity of the original tweet for future discussion
- It gives leniency for grammatical or factual errors immediately noticeable by the poster
- It prevents the poster from having to delete, then repost when they want to create a minor change
Will this idea suddenly turn Twitter away from being a potential political cesspool to a perfect Silicon Valley platform? Definitely not, but it would be a wonderful hat tip to its current users which Twitter really, really needs to keep happy.
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