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Twitter Is Testing A New Undo Feature

April 15, 2021

As a lifelong educator there are certain things that I just can’t overlook when it comes to social media posts. Incorrect spelling and usage of words such as “their, they’re and there” are just cringe worthy in my opinion. Before I step on anyone’s toes…I can find myself in that category from time to time, which is why I use the “edit post” option on Facebook more than I care to admit.

Twitter has long been the social media hold out for an ‘edit’ option, but they’re finally considering a compromise.  There’s nothing worse than making the most clever Tweet only to realize you misspelled words or used incorrect grammar.

The new option would provide a 5 second window for you to look over your humorous tweet before posting. While it’s not perfect, the main objective is to catch errors and give an opportunity to pause and reflect on your comment before sharing.

Twitter recently added the ‘read before retweeting’ pop up to discourage users from passing on misinformation. That addition resulted in people reading 40% more articles before retweeting. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said this back in 2019, “”The reason we don’t have edit in the first place is we were built on SMS, we were built on text messaging. Once you send a text, you can’t take it back. So when you send a tweet it goes to the world instantaneously. You can’t take it back. You could build it as such so maybe we introduce a 5-second to 30-second delay in the sending. And within that window, you can edit. The issue with going longer than that is it takes that real-time nature of the conversational flow out of it””. 

Dorsey has never been in favor of an editing option and probably won’t compromise any more than what he has.  It probably won’t solve all of our tweeting blunders but at least their is less chanse for klumzy errors!