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Welcome to Tuesday's newsletter. The Big Revolution website has had a rejig to better communicate wha
July 16 · Issue #472 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Tuesday’s newsletter. The Big Revolution website has had a rejig to better communicate what we do, as we learn more about how our customers like to work, and how they think about buying services like ours. Take a look!
— Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • The drumbeat against Facebook’s Libra currency is growing in Washington DC. This comes as Facebook says the currency will be regulated in Switzerland. Libra chief David Marcus will defend the currency in two hearings in DC, today and tomorrow.
  • Twitter has taken no action against Donald Trump’s racist tweets over the past two days. This is despite a recent announcement that it would de-prioritise tweets from public officials that broke its content rules. A recent court ruling that Trump can’t block critics may be the reason.
  • Twitter is now rolling out its big update on the web to all users. It brings features like bookmarks and Explore to the desktop for the first time. The launch was announced yesterday, the 13th anniversary of the launch of the first version of Twitter. More on this below.
The big thought
Some of the earliest requests to edit tweets, via Fast Company
Raw and unedited
Twitter’s redesign has launched for all at last, if you use the web version of the app. The goal here was to bring the desktop web on par with the mobile web and mobile app versions, which for some time have had more features. Unifying them all should mean they stay more closely on par in the future.
But one thing left unaddressed in the redesign is the ability, long-desired by many, to edit tweets. As an article from Fast Company today shows, editing tweets has been requested since pretty much as soon as the service launched 13 years ago.
Like pretty much everything else it does, Twitter has agonised over whether to offer edits for a long time. But there are plenty of reasons not to. This has been chewed over many times before, but essentially, the very nature of the way people tweet — and users’ trust in the platform would be transformed, often for the worse.
There are clever ways Twitter could let people correct typos shortly after tweeting (with a time-limited editing window, and maybe an edit history to show how a tweet has changed over time) but this massively complicates the platform, and given that today’s Twitter is built on code from the middle of last decade it may not be possible anyway.
So, let’s stop grumbling about not being able to edit tweets. You can’t always get what you want, but Twitter’s redesign at least gives you much of what you need.
One big read
Jony Ive’s Mistakes: When Beautiful Design Is Bad Design Jony Ive’s Mistakes: When Beautiful Design Is Bad Design
An in-depth look at the less appealing parts of Jony Ive’s body of work.
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