Tweeting: it's one of those instant gratification experiences that makes social media so satisfying, and so fraught. But now, you don't have to worry about that awkward misspelling or "probably shouldn't have said it that way" moments - Edit has arrived.
On Thursday, Twitter tweeted from their official account that they were testing the "edit" button and users everywhere rejoiced.
Oops, I didn't mean to Tweet That! Long-Anticipated Edit Button Arrives on Twitter
There's nothing worse than pressing "tweet" and then realizing that you stuck your foot in your mouth, or misspelled "coke."
Luckily, those embarrassing faux pas will soon be relic of a more lawless and less civilized time on the early internet known as "earlier this year."
Twitter took to their platform Thursday, dropping this tweet: "if you see an edited Tweet it's because we're testing the edit button
this is happening and you'll be okay."
The sounds of rejoicing were almost drowned out by those who were concerned about the implications. Actor Valter Skarsgard tweeted, "Am I the only one who thinks an edit button for twitter would be a bad idea? A text about dogs gets thousands of RTs aaaaaand now it’s nazi propaganda. And it’s on your page."
Others echoed similar concerns, with Twitter providing no reply yet. Many encouraged Twitter to clearly mark edited posts, concerned that people will be "canceled" for liking tweets changed maliciously by their creators to spin the post in a completely different direction.
It's a serious concern among political Tweeters, but the average user is just happy they won't have to stare at their typos as loving followers not-so-gently chide them for using the wrong "there."
Gather 'Round, Friends. It's Time for Twitter Circle
Twitter has been busy this week, as this isn't the only new feature they've introduced.
Twitter Circle arrived on Tuesday, and its reception has been mixed (much like the edit feature).
Twitter Circle allows users to set up circles that include up to 150 followers, and when they choose to tweet to that circle only those people will see the tweet.
On the one hand, it's nice to limit your post's reach because Twitter is not an overly friendly place and you can cut trolls out of the equation. On the other hand, cliques and exclusive spaces are explicitly against what many feel is the appeal of Twitter: an open space for public discourse.