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Computer says no.

Editing of Tweets is a bad idea. Here’s why.

Twitter is the always-on, always-live firehose. There’s a ton of practical and technical reasons why enabling editing is a bad idea.

The main problem? Re-publishing

What are the problems?

Retweets and Favourites

What if British Airways retweeted a tweet that used to say “British Airways are so awesome”, but now says “I advise everyone to smuggle bombs onto airplanes”?

Versioning

Cached Content and non-synchronicity

Notifications

Timestamps

Extent of an edit

In conclusion: Editing creates more problems than it solves.

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CEO of Konf, pitch coach for startups, enthusiastic dabbler in photography.

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