Friday, December 30, 2016

Twitter boss says edit tweet feature is 'definitely needed'

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Dorsey suggested that there are two types of edits Twitter could implement. The first would allow a window, say five minutes, to fix any typos, bad links and other user errors. The other would allow you to make edits anytime, much as you can on Facebook. However, as with Facebook, Twitter would be forced to implement a revision history in that case so that edits don’t go “off the public record,” Dorsey said.



It might even allow a short window to edit that could further damage trust in the network. By altering tweets, news sites or prominent individuals could slightly changing their context and meaning, for instance. President-elect Trump, for one, considers the site as his own personal “newspaper — without the losses,” he once tweeted. While it’s clear when he deletes tweets, many users might not notice if one has been slightly altered.


“Delete is enough. Context changing post-fact is dangerous,” user Justyn Howard replied to Dorsey. He added that even short edit windows between 30 seconds and five minutes aren’t really needed, since you can just delete and repost a tweet. As for a revision history, he points out that “80 people liked [your tweet]. Which version?”



Other top suggestions were to introduce bookmarks so you could find favorite tweets easier, rather than just using the “like” button, which also effectively endorses the tweet. The other main demand, of course, was to improve safety and reporting options for bullies, something Twitter has been taken to task for many times. In replying to many of those requests, Dorsey called it the company’s “top priority.”


Twitter is already looking or has previously looked at a lot of the ideas, Dorsey said, and that’s the rub of the problem with Twitter in general. It’s stuck between pleasing its existing users and trying to attract new ones to a site that’s notoriously difficult to grok and potentially dangerous once you get popular. Dorsey was perhaps hoping to see a genius idea that could solve all those problems and finally help make the site profitable — or saleable.

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