twitter news: Twitter announces editing feature on April Fool’s Day; Dictionary.com calls it ‘not funny’, Telegram suspicious
The announcement of the long-awaited feature left netizens in awe.
we are working on an edit button
—Twitter (@Twitter) 1648835407000
snopes reached out to Twitter for a response, the spokesperson wrote, “We can’t confirm or deny, but we can change our statement later,” when asked if they were joking.
Emotions were running high after the post went viral. In 12 hours, it was retweeted 87.1K times and quoted 101.1K times, and was liked by 936.7K people.
Telegram Messenger was wary of the move. “Let’s see what they say tomorrow,” his post read.
@JRyanFitzgerald @Twitter Let’s see what they say tomorrow. https://t.co/svyUeCTmfG
– Telegram messenger (@telegram) 1648836074000
Dictionary.com tweeted a link to the definition of not funny.
—Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) 1648835774000
A majority of fans fell for what is supposed to be a prank and realized it was April Fool’s Day.
@Twitter Wait isn’t today April Fool’s Day?!?!? https://t.co/kbL1yq6fLP
— Sadie 💌 (@SLiim_sadie) 1648835486000
@Twitter Waittt… what’s today’s date again? https://t.co/04oi84ad6X
— A$AP Lerry (@_AsiwajuLerry) 1648836391000
While the move was generally welcomed, others weren’t too thrilled with the edit button.
@DanielRegha @Twitter Daniel…Stop the seesaw. https://t.co/4kCZ86zEl8
— Olawande (@Olawandz) 1648842555000
@Twitter Plz nooooo…… Plz don’t
—Hannibal Lecter (@cowboy_12074) 1648863254000
Some fans have appealed to the unsend feature in Direct Messages.
@MJalal313 @Twitter So you can delete the evidence of the times you snuck into people’s DMs?
— Laryun – لاریون (@laryoun) 1648840150000
Some users have even mentioned the complexity and ease of creating code for a button allowing tweeters to modify their texts.
@ArtistAJ17 @Twitter @Lingzi_W My dear friend, April Fools. Did you really think Twitter would listen?😉
— 🌊🇺🇦#BBBCrew Kelvin Resists🇺🇦🌊 (@KJ2013JK) 1648880522000
@BrandonBukas @Twitter Quite difficult actually, from an engineering and user experience perspective. There’s a reason startups… https://t.co/SBqGIkzMou
— andrew (@getmeoutaheer) 1648855640000
With the fate of the edit button hanging in the balance, fans are eagerly awaiting an official statement from the microblogging site.
In mid-January 2020, when a user requested an edit button early in the pandemic, Dorsey’s immediate response was “No”.
He said that after some practical considerations, they came to the conclusion that Twitter “probably never will (get the edit button)”.
@taisydorres @Twitter No. We’ve made some practical considerations, but we probably never will.
— Jack Dorsey Technical Support (@DorseySupportsy) 1579121912000
Around the same time, during a question-and-answer session with
WIREDDorsey said tweets share the same essence as the SMS text messaging service.
“The reason why there is no edit button [and] there hasn’t been an edit button traditionally, we started as an SMS text messaging service. So, as you all know, when you text, you can’t really take it back. We wanted to preserve that vibe and that feeling in the beginning,” he said.
Last year, the company also sent out a reminder that the change was not on its agenda.
you don’t need an edit button, you just need to forgive yourself
—Twitter (@Twitter) 1624983720000
The official Twitter handle posted, “You don’t need an edit button, just forgive yourself.”