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Some errors stick with us for the rest of our lives. That includes every fat finger error we’ve ever made in a tweet, for those of us who use Twitter.
But, after repeated requests for an edit button similar to those seen on Facebook and Linkedin, Twitter has finally given us a ray of light in the form of a function aptly titled “Edit tweet.”
Twitter published a snapshot of an altered tweet on its blog on September 1st.
The blog post stated that the “edit tweet button is being tested internally by our team.” Within the next several months, Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to use the edit option.
You may recall Twitter Blue, the company’s paid premium service. There’s no news on whether the feature will be extended out to non-subscribers, but even if you’re not in the test group, you’ll always be able to see when a tweet has been modified and the post continues.
The most requested feature to date, according to the article, is an edit function. However, not everyone believes the new function is a brilliant idea.
Critics argue that modifying tweets might be dangerous and used to disseminate disinformation, among other reasons. Rachel Tobac, an ethical hacker and the CEO of Social Proof Security, provided the Washington Post with a hypothetical illustration of such things.
If someone tweets about two celebrities dating and the post gets popular, they may edit the post fifteen minutes later to add a cryptocurrency scam, a fishing link, or voting misinformation.
Twitter claims it is monitoring for any abuse during this testing period and is prepared to make changes if they detect one. There are also certain editing constraints.
Within thirty minutes of clicking sense, you can only edit your tweet a few times. As a result, it’s still critical to Smith your two hundred eighty characters as thoroughly as you normally would.
Modified tweets will carry a time stamp of the most recent edit, and you’ll be able to examine the edit history in the same way that you do with edited Facebook posts.
Twitter isn’t the only social media business making it simpler to modify what you share after the fact. To capitalize on that possibility, Youtube announced Shorts, a new editing tool that allows users to transform current long form content to shorter movies.
Users may now quickly share small chunks of lengthy films, which appears to be popular.
According to social media, more than one billion consumers engage with shorts each month. Users benefit as these social media businesses join the ranks of those that allow for a little, shall we say, modification history.
With YouTube’s existing capacity to monetise videos, which other video-focused social media sites mainly lack, this new editing option might be a game changer, according to social media today.
And, although the user advantages of editing tweets are evident, the judgment is yet out on whether their readers would prefer a little co-editing to start the day.
What do you think of that new editing function? Let us know down in the comments.