Edit button, please? Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey turns to users for advice

If Twitter users could make New Year’s resolutions for the social media site, the ability to edit their tweets would be at the top of the wishlist.

CEO Jack Dorsey asked users on Thursday what’s the most important thing they want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017.

As usual, users brought up the fact that Twitter doesn’t have an edit button, forcing them to delete and re-post their tweets if they make a mistake in haste.

It’s a feature that Dorsey said the San Francisco tech firm has been “thinking a lot about.”

But that’s not the only feature users suggested that the company introduce. Dorsey’s tweet had more than 6,000 replies.

Other suggestions included:

  • making Twitter more about one’s influence in a given topic than how many followers they have
  • adding a feature to bookmark or save tweets
  • allowing longer tweets
  • adding the ability to turn off replies from people you don’t follow or approve

Twitter is struggling to attract more users, and some analysts have noted that the tech firm is slower to change its product compared to other social media sites such as Facebook.

On Friday, Dorsey tweeted that there are four themes that stood out from user comments: abuse, edit, topics & interests and conversations.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that investors or Twitter users have shared their thoughts about how to improve the company. Before Dorsey took over as CEO, Twitter investor and user Chris Sacca from Lowercase Capital posted a 8,500-word essay in 2015 outlining what is working and not working for the tech firm.

The company has 317 million monthly active users.

Photo:  Jack Dorsey is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (Richard Drew/AP)


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  • grinder

    Yeah here is a suggestion. #fire_jack_dorsey and #sell_for_twice_current_market_price. Then the shareholders can dump this portfolio parasite and find real investment opportunities.