Rejoice! Twitter CEO is ‘thinking a lot’ about letting users edit tweets

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey onstage at the Flight developer conference on October 21, 2015 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif.

If you know a dance to please the Twitter gods, then start doing it right now.

Because it seems the greatest wish of Twitter users everywhere could in fact become a reality. Yes, we’re talking about the near-universal desire for Twitter to add an edit button to its service. With our grammatically challenged incoming tweeter-in-chief, one could argue that such a feature has become a matter of national security. (Okay, not really, but…)

During a late-night tweet-brainstorming session, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asked for suggestions about how to improve the service. He publicly discussed the notion of editing tweets and seemed to be focused on the question of how to do it, rather than whether to do it.

Cool! So, what’s been holding things back the past 10 years? Well, Dorsey noted that the company would need to figure out just how to implement editing, as well as the rules around it.

For instance: Do you get just a set amount of time in which to make a change? If you can make a change at any time, Dorsey suggested there would need to be a way to view the revision history. It could be tricky, of course, if you embed a tweet (like the ones above) and then someone goes back and changes it. Of course, if you have a change log, then any mistakes still live on in some form, though in a less obvious way.

Dorsey also worried about downsides. These include the fact that tweets are taken as public statements by the media and considered to be the “public record” of what was said. If these can always be altered, that might make them less valuable.

Still, for now, we’ll take “thinking a lot about it” as a sign of hope in a dark age.

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Twitter begins to relax its 140-character limit, users rejoice… and complain


Twitter users will soon be able to squeeze a few extra characters into some of their tweets.

The social network is changing up the rules surrounding its 140-character limit so that images, polls and user names won’t count against the site’s famous (or perhaps infamous) restriction. The changes are expected to roll out to Twitter’s apps and website “over the coming months.”

Though not technically an expansion of its character limit, the updates will allow users to create tweets in some cases that are slightly longer than what was previously allowedUnder the new rules, photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quoted tweets will no longer count toward a tweet’s character limit. User handles in replies will also be excluded from a tweet’s character limit. Read more…

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