Why do most people use Twitter? The majority that is? Fun? Probably. Twitter, at its root, is essentially a more commonly accepted (and increasingly mainstream) take on the chat room, en masse, affording you the opportunity to choose who you want to listen to out of those 5-6 million Tweeters.
The thing is, Twitter, as an experience on the web (i.e., Twitter.com), is pretty limited. There are certain things you can do to raise your personal enjoyment level, and we’ll get to those in another post, but there are some things that Twitter themselves could be doing to make the service a lot more user-friendly. Here are ten of ‘em we’d like to see on the next major update.
A Chance To Edit Your Tweets
Like all of us from time to time I make a glorious typo in one of my Tweets. Or maybe the link is wrong (or it went TinyURL when I didn’t want it to), or I forgot to add an ‘RT’, or accidentally proclaimed my love for Scientology, or whatever. On these occasions, my options right now are limited to:
a. Living with it, or, the preferred choice
b. Erasing the previous Tweet, and re-doing it
You’d be amazed how many people do the former. You see it again and again, with somebody just posting up a TinyURL link, then realising they probably need to explain what it is, but instead of deleting the previous Tweet, they just re-post it. Thanks for that. Now I’m not going to click on your link twice.
Few people seem to have the courtesy to erase the bad Tweet, and start-over. The thing is, even those that do are at the mercy of the bad Tweet getting ‘out there’ before they can act. Cue, everybody laughing and pointing. So what to do?