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  • Writer's pictureRihazudin Razik

It is here.

The Twitter edit button may have been the most requested product feature ever before it was created. You probably didn't pay much attention to the highly-discussed and much-awaited typo-fixer that was released this week.

Twitter launched 'Edit Tweet' recently, a new feature that enables users to edit their tweets for up to 30 minutes after they have been published. It was first sent to users of Twitter Blue, a premium membership programme provided by the business.

For a product that well-known individuals like Kim Kardashian and Elon Musk have been seeking for years, the debut was, to put it kindly, not very spectacular. So effectively did it work.

The true measure of a product's effectiveness will, however, come when it is extensively utilised.

The primary concern with altering tweets has always been the propagation of misleading information. It's simple to see a prankster tweeting something harmless like "I adore puppies!" and then, after it has been widely retweeted and favorited, altering the word "puppies" to something somewhat more colourful. Even though the stakes in the original instance weren't very high, it's simple to see how a more dramatic version of this scenario may develop in reaction to a significant news event, whether it be actual or imagined.

It is difficult to evaluate a product that appears like it may be readily altered since the US midterm elections are quickly approaching. In the 16 years that Twitter has been operating, nobody has been able to alter it. It is reasonable to ask "Why now?"

But as someone who corrects errors, I hope these concerns are unwarranted. The way Twitter implemented the edit button should give those who want it to function encouragement. It seems reasonable, for instance, to charge a fee to be allowed to edit. This suggests that only Twitter users who are prepared to shell out the $4.99 monthly price for the service will have the ability to edit their tweets. Although it's not much money, it's one more measure that could prevent undesirables from entering.

And I like that just a select few users may edit their previous tweets at once. Given how quickly the internet adopts trends, for better or worse, it would be dangerous to allow everyone to use a widely anticipated feature at once. However, I don't believe that evil individuals would wish to capitalise on the publicity that would result from people gradually correcting their errors.

In particular, since so few individuals have access to it, no new technology can be fairly evaluated in less than 24 hours. However, for the time being at least, Twitter's choice to gradually roll out the most requested feature seems to be the correct one.

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