Have you ever sent out a tweet only to discover a potentially embarrassing typo later? You get that look of shock when you first see it sitting there. You wonder how many people already saw it. Panic sets in as you quickly scan the Twitter app on your phone looking for a way to edit the typo, but you can't find the option.
You're not alone; it happens to people all the time, and there is no option currently to edit tweets.
If you're like most, you end up having to delete the entire tweet and then recompose it without the typo. However, wouldn't it be so much easier if there was an edit button?
User requests to add the capability to edit tweets have fallen onto deaf ears.
That is until Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey decided to borrow an idea from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, and put out a tweet asking what users would like to see Twitter improve in 2017.
Following in the footsteps of Brian Chesky: what's the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017? #Twitter2017-- jack (@jack) December 29, 2016
The feedback was overwhelming in support of an edit button for tweets. Dorsey's response indicates that he is listening and taking the exercise seriously.
This is our most requested feature (today & always). Mostly to quickly fix mistakes. Anything beyond would need to show revision history https://t.co/fHtGNjkuEx-- jack (@jack) December 29, 2016
While an edit button has been the most requested update, users are asking for all sorts of enhancements. Jack is highly engaged in this ongoing viral conversation and responding personally to many users' ideas.
@sarahdoody yup. Been thinking about this! We need to approach all feedback more simply and comprehensively-- jack (@jack) December 29, 2016
Many users are asking for better controls over abuse, a topic-based feed, enhanced live streaming options, and much more.
What are your ideas on how to improve Twitter? The CEO is listening. Now is the time to make your voice heard.