Everybody makes mistakes, and some tweet them.


You can spend your entire life building a specific brand, but it only takes one mistake to rip that apart. Twitter is the social media of choice for many people simply because 140 characters is short and sweet; however, many mistakes can be made in 140 characters. This article explores what it would be like to have an editing option on Twitter, and the logistics behind it as well. While it would be convenient for simple typos and missing hashtags, it could become a problem when it comes to editing what the author calls “historical tweets”. Take President Trump’s twitter, for example. With an entire nation looking at those tweets, a simple typo or fake words (@covfefe) can alter the message and potentially history. In my opinion, having an editing ability on twitter would absolutely be convenient, but it would also take away the novelty of the tactics accounts use to redeem their reputation after a mistake. In addition, in an age where everything is instantaneous and our days move faster than ever, maybe we should just slow down and proofread everything two or three times before hitting post. The author did mention only enabling editing for unverified accounts, so the “historical” tweets cannot be altered. This is a good notion except a lot of historical tweets aren’t tweeted by verified accounts. He mentions Sohaib Athar who tweeted about hearing helicopters overhead, and those helicopters were going to kill Osama Bin Laden. There’s two options. We can enable tweet editing and risk editing history, or we can keep twitter as is and shake off any tweet fail embarrassment. For a business, editing could be beneficial if something is tweeted that is misspelled or later found to be offensive. A simple alternative for businesses found in this situation is a simple apology after deleting the tweet, or even a follow up tweet to make fun of themselves. Everyone makes mistakes, and I think enabling editing would take the human aspect out of twitter.

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