Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter mentioned at an event for Goldman Sachs in San Francisco that Twitter is contemplating about a clarification option for tweets.
In an interview with Joe Rogan recently, Dorsey mentioned that Twitter is considering an option to edit a tweet. He mentioned that Twitter was built on text messaging, hence “Once you send a text, you can’t take it back. So when you send a tweet it goes to the world instantaneously. You can’t take it back.”
He said that a 5-30 second window was being considered to edit a tweet because he believes that anything more than that would take the real-time nature of the conversational flow out of it.
Now Twitter is considering building something on the lines of clarifying the context of a tweet.
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Dorsey stated at the event that “How do we enable people to quickly go back or to any tweet, whether it be years back or today, and show that original tweet — kind of like a quote retweet, a retweet with comment — and to add some context and some color on what they might have tweeted or what they might have meant. By doing so you might imagine that the original tweet then would not have the sort of engagement around it. Like you wouldn’t be able to retweet the original tweet, for instance. You would just show the clarification, you would be able to retweet the clarification, so it always carries around with it that context. That’s one approach. Not saying that we are going to launch that but those are the sorts of questions we are going to ask.”
Many a times a tweet is not perceived in the context it was tweeted with. The clarification feature may be the right step towards providing reasoning or more information about a tweet while maintaining a genuine conversational flow which Dorsey wants to maintain.