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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is ‘thinking a lot about’ an edit-tweet button

Kurt Wagner
Twitter Chairman and Square CEO Jack Dorsey
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You've probably dreamed of directing Twitter's product strategy — well, here's your chance!

CEO Jack Dorsey took to his Twitter account Thursday to ask users what the company can do to "improve or create in 2017" — an idea he borrowed from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, who tweeted something similar on Christmas day. Dorsey posed the same question about his other company, Square.

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The responses flooded in. The top requests, based on an unscientific scan of @jack's replies:

  • An edit button for tweets
  • A bookmark button
  • Better safety and reporting options for bullies.

We at Recode don't like to toot our own horn, but we may have suggested something similar to Twitter back in October.

Good news for Twitter users: Dorsey says Twitter is considering all of these things, including the edit-tweet functionality.

"Is it more important to edit for spelling/corrections? 5 minute window to edit mistakes or do you need to be able to edit anytime?" Dorsey asked a few users who suggested it.

"We're thinking a lot about it," he added.

Dorsey also said that Twitter is thinking about other suggested ideas, including a bookmarking tool, better threading for conversations, and multiple timelines based on people's interests.

Twitter has never offered an edit button, in part because the company was concerned that tweets might be changed after a long period of time and after they'd already been embedded or used on other parts of the web. But allowing an edit option for a short time after publishing a tweet seems like a good compromise.

By Kurt Wagner, Re/

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