How to Edit a Tweet After Posting

We all have the right to make mistakes, but mistakes are forever on the internet. They can make fun of you, and there’s always a chance that a bad typo will go viral and get you the wrong kind of attention. Given all this, it’s not surprising that we feel the need to constantly check, recheck, and revisit old posts on social media platforms.

The scrutiny you get from other users is particularly harsh on Twitter, as many celebrities, politicians and ordinary people can attest. Is there a way to edit tweets after posting? Or do you need to be extra careful before posting something? Here are a few tips that can help you avoid being infamous on Twitter.

How to Repost a Tweet

To fix a typo or an embarrassing tweet, your first option is to repost it. Since there is no edit button for now, the only way to fix things without using third-party extensions is to repost a tweet.

You can rewrite the entire tweet. But nothing will stop you from copying the text and pasting it into a new tweet with a few corrections.

  1. Select all text with your cursor
  2. Press Ctrl + C or right click and select Copy
  3. Paste the text into a new tweet box
  4. Post for your followers and the whole world to see

Here is a tip. If you’re tired or not that good at SPAG, simply copy and paste the text into a Word document. Use AutoCorrect and correct errors before copying the text again and using it in a tweet.

How to Delete a Tweet

Posting a new and improved tweet is not enough. You should also consider deleting evidence of your blunder.

  1. Go to your profile page
  2. find tweet
  3. Click on the three horizontal dots icon
  4. Click or tap the Delete Tweet button

After copying the text from the problematic tweet, use the delete button to get rid of it.

Remember, once a tweet is out, it’s impossible to tell how many screenshots have been made of it. However, once deleted, a tweet will disappear not only from your stream, but from everyone else’s stream as well. This applies to all platforms and includes retweets and search results.

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How to Use Covfefe

Donald Trump’s “Covfefe” tweet is a modern marvel. POTUS tried to save his reputation by calling it an inside joke, but couldn’t stop it from becoming a meme. The tweet was in the media and news for the weeks following the incident and will likely come to the fore for years to come.

Here’s a good thing from it.

Corey Gwin, a California-based programmer, took it upon himself to offer Twitter users a way to edit their tweets, because Twitter has made no progress in this regard. The editing tool could be given a better name than Covfefe.

Covfefe is a Chrome extension. Once installed, you will notice that there is an edit button at the top of all your tweets, right next to the number that indicates how old the tweet is.

  1. Install the extension from https://www.producthunt.com/posts/covfefe
  2. Go to your profile page
  3. find a tweet
  4. Click or tap the edit button
  5. Make your changes
  6. press enter

Here is a fun fact about Covfefe. The extension also delays tweets by 15 seconds so you have enough time to undo or edit a tweet before sending it.

This is important because tweets edited with Covfefe lose their retweets. The extension still has some rough patches that need to be worked on. Fortunately, updates are provided from time to time.

Is the Edit Button Anywhere Near the App?

Now you know how to edit tweets after they’ve been sent. Both options are not ideal, not with a long shot. However, until someone from Twitter gives an official response or update on whether it’s committed to implementing an edit button, that’s what you need to work on.

If you’re on Twitter, have you ever had to do damage control? Is it okay to delete and repost tweets or do you prefer Covfefe? If Covfefe had a great overhaul to fix replies, retweets, and dead URL reshares, would you still be interested in getting an official edit button?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.