He whimpered and groaned and groaned. And no, you’re not getting your “Edit Tweet” button, but Twitter is trying something almost as good. It will you happy?
Users have long demanded, and Twitter has repeatedly refused to implement, a tool that would allow them to modify the content of tweets already sent. However, soon users might stop embarrassing themselves in the next best way (or maybe in a totally superior way): get back their tweets before they go live.
For 9to5Mac, Reverse Engineering Expert and Prolific Data Miner Jane Manchun Wong has discovered that Twitter is working on an “undo” timer for tweets, which seems to give users about five seconds after tweeting to rethink whether that was really a good idea. This is not the same as an edit button, but it helps solve the problem of hitting submit and immediately realizing that a message has a grammar error, it was in response to the wrong user, it was just wrong, or was Totally ignorant.
It’s unclear when the undo tweet feature will be implemented or if it’s just a test that may never reach users, but Twitter has been on an engineering spree lately. Many of the features it has announced or released in recent months are clones of other popular sites and apps, including its own clones of audio chat meeting clubhouse, disappearing instagram stories, monetizable substack newsletters, Y Patreon subscriptions.
The edit button has been one of Twitter’s most requested features, but CEO Jack Dorsey said last year that it’s almost certainly never be implemented because you can’t retract a text message either. (The difference here is that the stakes in tweeting may be somewhat higher than texting, depending on how many people read it. And the Wayback Machine is relentless.) Exist Other obvious drawbacks of an editing feature, like the certainty that one of its most important uses would be to ensnare other Twitter users by luring them to reply to or quote Twitter posts that suddenly say something completely different.
“We started as an SMS text messaging service. And as you all know, when they text, they can’t really take it back, “said Dorsey. in a YouTube video when talking about the perspectives of an edit button. “We wanted to preserve that vibe, that feeling, in the early days … We probably never will.”
For now, you’ll just have to settle for pretending you never pressed send, which is probably for the best.