Twitter Inc (NASDAQ:TWTR) made headlines across the globe Tuesday over its reported increase in the 140-character limit count. Now there is speculation that the social media outlet will soon add an edit feature, something users have been wanting for years.
Twitter Updating Its Overall Functionality
Perusing the Twittersphere will have you think longtime users are indifferent to the idea of introducing a 10,000-character tweet limit. Instead, they want the ability to edit their tweets, much like what Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) offers its users.
At the present time, users cannot edit tweets with spelling or grammatical errors or incorrect information. Users simply have to live with them or delete the original tweet and compose a new one. Users often choose the former because the latter will cause them to lose out on retweets, shares or likes.
Everyone wants a feature to edit their tweets, or at least something similar. Journalists, marketers, entertainers, entrepreneurs and the common folk all endorse the concept.
Here is what the New York Times writes:
“To some, the character limit extension feels like further evidence that Twitter is ignoring sensible requests from already engaged users. But where extending room to write might cause a fundamental shift in how people use a platform known for brevity, adding an edit button might cause a shift in how tweets are consumed.”
There are opponents of editing public tweets.
Since tweets are embedded on other websites, if they are edited then it could change the meaning of the tweet and perhaps become a major problem for both the user and those who shared the message. Also, editing a tweet could help someone – a politician, personality or entertainer – cover their tracks. In other words, it could change history to a certain extent.
However, pleas were pretty much ignored by the Twitter team. That is until Kim Kardashian, a member of Twitter’s elite, urged the website to install an edit button.
“I just emailed Twitter to see if they can add an edit feature so that when u misspell something u don’t have to delete & repost Let’s see…” Kardashian wrote.
She received a reply from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who said:
“@KimKardashian great idea! We’re always looking at ways to make things faster and easier.”
@KimKardashian great idea! We’re always looking at ways to make things faster and easier.
— Jack (@jack) July 25, 2015
Will Twitter cave to the demands from its users? The website is in the midst of trying to boost user engagement, compete with Facebook and generate new forms of revenue. So it’s very much within the realms of possibility that the company introduces an edits button.
A Time of Change for Twitter
In the past week, not only has Twitter (rumored) to be raising its 140 characters, but it has brought back a popular service and made an important investment.
The company announced just before the New Year that it was restoring access to Politwoops, a website that collects deleted tweets from politicians in 30 countries. It also made an unexpected investment in Muzik, a connected headphones firm.
Last year, Twitter introduced a number of features and changes:
- Allowed full-screen GIFs and videos on the IOS.
- Installed life sized emojis.
- Updated background wallpapers in users’ timelines.
- Introduced birthday celebrations for users’ special days.
- Unveiled autoplays for videos and GIFs.
The list goes on for the tech firm.
Despite the cynics and underperforming stock, Twitter is trying to transform the social media outlet. Whether or not it succeeds, time will tell, just like if it adds an edit button.