Picture this: you're at home, scrolling on your phone and next of all you remember a witty anecdote that happened to you earlier that day. Instead of telling that witty anecdote to your housemate who is sat directly across you, you take to Twitter. You summarise your tale perfectly into 140 characters and press send, you sit back awaiting the retweets only to notice minutes later you've made a seriously embarrassing typo. Nightmare.
You've got two options: you can delete your tweet and hope no one saw or you can leave it and live with the public shame that despite being in your mid-twenties you still don't understand the difference between 'there', 'their' and 'they're'.
You can edit Instagram captions, you can edit Facebook posts, you can even edit Facebook and Instagram comments...so why is it that despite Twitter being 12-years-old, we still can't edit tweets?
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey has previously addressed the reason why the website won't allow users to edit their tweets, explaining that doing so would go against the nature of the website;
"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."
However, Dorsey recently appeared on Joe Rogan's podcast where together, they discussed the social media platform. Speaking on the topic of editing tweets, the Twitter CEO hinted that the feature could be coming soon.
"You could build it as such so maybe we introduce a 5-second to 30-second delay in the sending and within that window, you can edit. The issue with going longer than that is it takes that real-time nature of the conversational flow out of it"
Twitter's whole concept is to have a real-time conversation with an edge of permanence so we get why they're a little reluctant to make tweets editable...but as people who never think before we tweet, we'd be very grateful of the feature.