Twitter rumored to be developing an ‘edit’ feature for published tweets

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 16, 2013

Misspellings and other erroneous tweets may soon be a thing of the past: Twitter is rumored to be working on a new feature that would allow users to edit their tweets after they are published.

According to The Desk, which first reported the story, three sources close to the project claim that this feature is a top priority for the social media company, particularly as it works to expand its relationships with media organizations and original content producers.

After a tweet is published, Twitter will provide an “edit” feature for a limited amount of time that will allow users to make “slight changes” to the content of the tweet. Allowed changes include removing a word, correcting a typo or adding one or two more words. In addition, users can only edit a tweet once. The updated tweet will be immediately visible on the user’s Twitter feed, and will also show up on the feed of anyone who re-tweeted the original tweet through Twitter.

Large-scale changes – including changing the overall message of the tweet – isn’t allowed, however.

The company is also still deciding on whether it will place limitations on how many characters or words a user can edit in a published tweet. It is believed that Twitter is developing an “editorial algorithm” that would be able to detect whether a user is attempting to change the overall intention of the tweet or a simple spelling error.

The Desk reports that the project is expected to be finished in a “matter of weeks, or months at the most.” At that point, it is likely that Twitter will beta test the feature with selected celebrities, public officials and media organizations before releasing it to the public.

A spokesman for the project declined to comment on the feature to The Desk as of Monday morning.

h/t The Desk


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