Recently, Twitter asked users what changes they would like the platform to implement in 2018. I’m surprised they keep asking things like this because I don’t know how they can expect any other response besides, “Uhhh there are literal Nazis running around on here, so maybe do something about that and fix the abuse reporting system.”
There was some interesting discussion about potential features though. Many users have wanted an edit button for some time now. Others point out that it could easily be abused by people completely changing the content of tweets after it’s been liked and retweeted a bunch of times.
Like for instance, I could tweet, “Like and retweet if you are Team Edward for life!” and later change it to “Edward sucks! Team Jacob forever!” How embarrassing for all those people who liked and favorited my initial tweet. As you can probably extrapolate, people would be doing a lot more sinister and horrible things than tricking Twilight fans if this feature was made available (again... all the Nazis, you guys).
But there is a smart way around this if you just do a little thinking.
A main concern for users seems to be transparency. There was also some useful discussion about bots and knowing where they come from.
Among other suggested changes was the ability to take and post short videos, and a story feature like other social media platforms. But I think any of these features would just feel unnecessary, and maybe even insulting, if they came before the much-needed overhaul of reporting, banning, and verifying.
Hopefully Twitter has learned a lesson after switching to 280 characters (a feature no one wanted or asked for) and the resounding backlash and criticism of the platform’s priorities.
Aspiring Dog Parent