Twitter has announced that it is working on a feature that will allow you to edit tweets with spelling errors without having to delete them.
Many users have been requesting this feature for years, and it has now become a meme. If you use Twitter, you’ve probably come across a situation where you’ve posted a tweet from the previous evening and realized there’s a missing letter or comma that skews what you were trying to say.
Twitter has confirmed that the feature will first be available as a test for Twitter Blue subscribers, which includes benefits such as the ability to undo a sent tweet after a certain amount of time.
However, while this may appear to be good news to many, it may be a case of be careful what you wish for.
It may hamper rather than aid users
This feature has been available on other social media platforms for years. If a word is missing from a Facebook post, for example, you can quickly edit the post and add the word back in.
Instagram and Tiktok both have similar features, but adding an edit button to Twitter isn’t as simple.
Many users have requested an easy way to edit a tweet without deleting it, especially if the tweet is about a topic that has long since ended.
However, Twitter is on a slippery slope here, as many people use the platform as a news feed and a way to converse with followers about specific topics. It’s possible that editing these tweets will make your contribution worse.
However, there are other risks associated with this feature if it is not properly implemented. During the announcement, Twitter’s Head of Consumer Product, Jay Sullivan, correctly stated(opens in new tab) that editing a tweet could change a topic of conversation that could be sensitive to many people, and could imply different meanings.
Nevertheless, this feature could remain a test or become a Twitter Blue-only feature. Moreover, since the announcement has piqued the interest of many, the question now is whether the feature lives up to the expectations of its users, or if it is used to sway conversations for the worse.
Whatever happens, Twitter now has a new challenge on its hands with the official launch of tweet editing.
But what does Elon Musk want with Twitter?
If there’s one takeaway from Musk’s tweeting history, it’s that he’s one of the few people on the planet who has a more self-destructive need to tweet than the majority of us.
But if there’s a second through line, it’s that the man has a serious problem with authority, particularly the authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
That brings us full circle to the Schedule 13G filing. The document is a condensed version of Schedule 13D, a much longer and more detailed form that should only be used if you’ve relinquished direct or indirect control.
You can avoid disclosing certain details, such as the amount you paid for the stake or the source of your funds, by doing so.
Musk, on the other hand, appears to have blinked at the last moment. He filed an updated version of his disclosure just hours before this newsletter was published, reclassifying it as a 13D and revealing that, as part of the agreement that grants him a board seat, he has agreed not to acquire more than 14.9% of Twitter while on the board or within 90 days of leaving.
It doesn’t answer why he tried to hide his activist status in the first place, but it should be enough to keep the SEC at bay — at least on this issue.