Twitter adds edit option
It’s taken more than 10 years and much moaning and bitching but Twitter has finally added an edit option.
Tweets that have been posted to the platform can now be edited once they are live.
“Finally, no more hating on myself for constantly telling people to go duck themselves," said activist Gur Tsabar. He's @gur on Twitter.
Twitter said it would roll out the functionality worldwide starting 1 April via its Android and iOS mobile apps, and web interface.
Grammar geeks, spelling pedants and even Kim Kardashian have all asked the platform to add edit functionality.
When Twitter crowdsourced a development plan #Twitter2017 for 2017, it was inundated with requests for an edit function.
The move follows Facebook which has allowed users to edit posts since 2013. Instagram did the same in 2014.
Changes made to the original content can be viewed by clicking on edit history.
Until now Twitter users that have wanted to edit a Tweet have had to delete and repost their content.
It’s an unsatisfactory solution. Replies and quoted tweets are stripped of context and meaning.
Twitter has resisted the change until now saying that it would negatively impact the real time and instantaneous nature of the platform.
Increasingly Twitter is recognised as a source of public record and is cited by mainstream media as an original source.