OMG Twitter is Going to Let You Edit Tweets… As Long as They Aren’t Yours

Twitter teases new feature
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With a laundry list of highly requested Twitter features, one may be on the horizon. Just to clarify, good ole’ Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has always vowed that an edit button would never happen. Coming from a person that has longed for that edit button since forever, I actually understand Dorsey’s thinking. Jack explains it like this:

“You might send a tweet and then someone might retweet that and an hour later you completely change the content of that tweet and that person that retweeted the original tweet is now retweeting and rebroadcasting something completely different.”

– Jack Dorsey on why an edit button has not happened

Well, that being said – Twitter’s privacy designer, Dominic Camozzi, has recently teased a feature called “Unmention Yourself” that would give you the ability to remove your handle from someone else’s already-published tweet, effectively untagging yourself. That sounds like editing to me!

Ok, we clown. In all seriousness, this feature could potentially be very useful in combating online bullying. Get butt-hurt by a tweet? Getting ratioed? That’s ok! Just Unmention Yourself and voilà, see ya later online bully! Not only would this remove your name from a conversation, but it would also let you prevent that person from mentioning you in their future posts. You then would be given the option of limiting that person’s tags of you for a limited amount of time, or forever. Cammozzi goes on to explain in his Twitter thread that you could even include an individual mention ban if someone you don’t follow tries to mention you in a tweet.

All this sound familiar? That’s because it is. Facebook’s untag feature has been around for years. So this is that, but for a far superior platform.

In a statement to Mashable, Twitter said that the feature is “very much in the early ideation and research stage.”

Hope this opens the door to a full-fledged edit button in the future!

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