It’s time to get serious about serious about editing tweets.
It’s no secret that it is frustrating to make a spelling or grammar mistake. Now imagine doing so on a platform that hundreds or even thousands or millions of readers will see, such as your Twitter page. Unfortunately, for all of the Twitter enthusiasts out there, that mistake is there to stay, unless you are willing to delete your entire masterpiece of a Tweet or live with the shame that is publishing your mistake.
Since its inception, Twitter has never allowed for tweets to be edited, and many whose fingers are faster than their minds hitting the “tweet” button on their businesses’ page before they proofread their 180 characters face the dilema of what to do — either delete the tweet entirely, and maybe raise an eyebrow, or albeit in shame, live with it. It is especially frustrating to some, as in the situation of x-posted content, whereas Facebook and Instagram allow posts to edited while Twitter does not.
Mr. Ulanoff’s article tells the story of President Trump’s famous “covfefe” misspelling mistake, where Trump poked fun at himself for his mistake, then later deleted the Tweet in lieu of editing. Many have called for Twitter to add this ability, but would it have consequences?
Some think so, and they might be right. Tweets have already solidified their place in history, where in the past, people had to wait for newspapers or the evening news program to hear the day’s stories, now it is as simple as logging into Twitter. Additionally, how much editing should be allowed? Whose accounts should have the ability to edit?
Moral of this story, for all the businesses [and Twitter users overall] out there, be careful what you Tweet.