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Twitter edit feature will let people rewrite history

Tue Dec 17 2013, 13:51
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MICROBLOGGING SERVICE Twitter apparently is testing an edit feature that will let users tidy up messages after they are sent.

At present if you make a mistake on Twitter you cannot correct it. You can delete it, but usually only after someone has noticed it and sought to embarrass you over it.

Soon though you might have a window of edit opportunity that will let you hover over your message with a spell, but not a sanity check.

The story comes from insiders and an exclusive report at Matthew Keys' The Desk news website. Keys said that he has three sources close to and in the firm, and that they have told him that the feature is still under development.

Factors that are still being worked on are things like how long your edit window will last. Twitter could follow Google and Gmail here and offer a brief second chance period. Keys said that his sources have not revealed a firm time limit on this.

Only slight changes will be allowed, and it's possible that Twitter will give people one crack at a rewrite. It is also possible that the firm will look at the content of messages and try to ensure that their overall tone is not being changed.

Twitter has not commented, not to Keys and not to us. His sources said that while users will be able to edit their own messages, other users will not be made aware of any changes.

Its algorithm will be "one of the most advanced in the industry", according to the insiders. µ


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