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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.