Twitter considers the tweet editing feature

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If you are a Twitter user, you’ve probably done this before: a simple grammar or spelling error in a tweet. And then you’ve probably rolled your eyes and let out a puff of air in annoyance, when you realised that there is no way to edit tweets.

Yup, cars can now drive themselves, drones, the supply of food, and the robots are performing surgery… and yet, Twitter users have no way to document this without typos, with the removal of the erroneous tweet and try again.

Fortunately, that could change. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has taken to the microblogging service Thursday to ask users a question: “what is the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017?” For many, the answer is simple: a way to edit tweets.

Following In the footsteps of Brian Chesky: what is the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017? #Twitter2017

— jack (@jack) December 29, 2016


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In response to a user request for an editing function, Dorsey asked whether it is more important to be able to “edit errors are to fast or to edit at any time?” The CEO clarified that there is a big difference between the two.

“Last requires a change log as we oft the public,” he said.

Dorsey asked one other user as a “5 minute window for editing of errors” would be sufficient, or that people need to be able to edit their posts at any time. Anyway, he later said: this is a characteristic of the company is “thinking a lot about.”

So cross your fingers, Twitter users: an edit function may be on the way.

Meanwhile, a few other features are high up on the users’ list of requests: a way to bookmark or save things and more protection against trolls and stalkers. Dorsey said that the company is “thinking” add a bookmark/save function. On the subject of harassment, Dorsey highlighted some of the recent efforts to combat abuse and said on Twitter “highest priority.”

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