One of the most requested features by Twitter users is the ability to edit tweets, but perhaps it’s time for users to give up and forget about that wish ever becoming real. The reason for saying this is because of a recent video interview with Wired, Twitter’s founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey.
He said that while the company has considered bringing on an Edit button, it is pretty much not pleased with its implementation because it will be going against the very essence of the platform.
Answering a question on whether the site is planning to introduce an edit button for Twitter in 2020, Dorsey replied with a emphatic ‘No’. According to him, the ability to edit tweets will go against the very essence of the platform, which was envisaged as an alternative to text messaging, what with its 160 character limit and all.
“We started as an SMS, text message service. And as you all know, when you send a text, you can’t really take it back. We (want) to preserve that vibe, that feeling”, he said.
Not The First Time By A Twitter Senior Exec
While this isn’t the first time the subject has been raised in front of senior Twitter executives, the company has always seemed open to the idea, at least, publicly. When asked last year, Twitter Product Lead, Kayvon Beykpour, said that he believed the feature should be a part of Twitter at some point, “but it’s not anywhere near the top of our priorities”. While that might have led people to think that it was under active consideration, the latest developments might well have put paid to those hopes.
It’s worth noting here that it’s not only regular users who have been clamoring for the Edit button on Twitter, but celebrities like Kim Kardashian have also been vocal about the feature. At her husband Kanye West’s 41st birthday party in 2018, the reality star claimed to have lobbied Dorsey for an edit button on the micro-blogging platform, although, the CEO is believed to have remained non-committal on the issue.