For copywriters and spelling nerds the world over, last Thursday was a magical day. Facebook announced that all users now have the ability to edit not only comments, but also the actual content of a post or status update. Glory be.
As someone who lives and breathes copywriting all day long, I have a really hard time ‘turning it off’ even when simply posting a status update on Facebook. I have been known to spend several minutes mulling over the perfect way to phrase something in my head before I even open Facebook on my phone or computer. Does that make me a nerd? Probably, yes. But nonetheless, I’m so excited to never again face the choice between letting a spelling or grammar mistake stand in order to preserve likes and comments, or deleting the post and starting over to correct it.
Well, almost never again. Those of us who use iOS will have to wait just a little longer for this functionality to arrive in our devices. But It’s available now on the desktop website and on the Facebook app for Android devices. Too bad, because the tiny buttons and distracted typing associated with mobile usage tend to lead to my greatest gaffs.
TechCrunch points out that the delay in making this feature available may have stemmed from a concern about users and brands baiting and switching each other. Posting something that garners comments and likes, and then changing the opinion or subject of the post without notifying the people who’ve already engaged on it. To assuage this concern, Facebook has implemented an “edit history” feature that allows people to look back and see what has changed about a post over time.
What do you think about post editing? Are you as excited as I am, or does this not affect you very much? Let us know in the comments.