Here’s something that happens on Twitter every day: someone makes a tweet, the tweet becomes popular, the person who made the tweet is alerted to an embarrassing typo by receiving an endless stream of jokes as replies.
Unfortunately for the sender, it’s currently not possible to edit tweets that have already been published, so they can either delete it or live with it. This could change by the end of this year because Twitter has recently confirmed that it’s testing an edit button.
“Now that everyone is asking… Yes, we’ve been working on an edit feature since last year!” the social media network tweeted. “We’re kicking off testing within @TwitterBlue Labs in the coming months to learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible.”
Back when Twitter was still led by Jack Dorsey, any requests for the introduction of an edit button were rejected because Dorsey feared that the feature could be used to change the meaning of a tweet after it gets shared online, and the last thing any social network wants is to deal with more disinformation and manipulation.
But Dorsey is no longer in charge of Twitter, and Parag Agrawal, who was announced as CEO on 29 November 2021, sees things differently. Elon Musk, who has recently purchased a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter, maybe does as well, especially considering that he has recently polled his followers on this very topic.
Twitter’s VP of consumer product, Jay Sullivan, recognizes that the ability to edit tweets has been the most requested Twitter feature for many years, but he stresses the importance of implementing it carefully.
“Without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit could be misused to alter the record of the public conversation,” he said. “Protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our top priority when we approach this work.”
UAE Comes Out Strongly In Guinness World Records 2023
Guinness, the renowned cataloger of record-breaking events, has released its latest annual, after sifting through 40,000 applications — and the Arab world is heavily featured.
Guinness World Records, the authority on record-breaking global achievements, has just announced its latest release, “Guinness World Records 2023 (GWR2023),” which will be available online and in physical stores across the Arab region from today.
As usual, GWR 2023 features all of the latest achievements from around the world (and space!), with special features and updated graphics to bring the stories to life.
So why the interest in the latest Guinness installment? Well, it turns out the Arab Region is strongly represented in the book, with more than 50 records featured in the new edition, which is no mean feat considering the volume of competition.
“We’ve sifted through nearly 40,000 record applications over the past year to bring you Guinness World Records 2023. People from all walks of life continue to be fascinated by extremes, and we’ve received claims from across the planet – indeed, even from space! This is why I’ve said the new edition is out of this world,” says Craig Glenday, Guinness Editor in Chief.
Of interest to readers of this platform, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates both get to flex their record-breaking muscles.
Saudi Arabia claims the title of “Largest LED Structure and Suspended Ornament” courtesy of the Noor Riyadh Festival, as well as other weird and wonderful titles, including the “Largest Lego Formula 1 Car”, as well as perhaps more prestigious honors, such as “Largest Mirrored Building”, “Largest Clock Face”, “Tallest Lighthouse” and the “Largest Geodesic Dome”.
Not to be outdone, the UAE has claimed several humanitarian record-breaking titles, including the “Longest Video Livestream” (by The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and pan Arab influencer Hassan Suleiman), the “Largest Donation for Medical Treatment”, and the “Most Awareness Ribbons Made in One Hour”.
On the tech front, the UAE also claims several prestigious firsts, including “First 3D-Printed Laboratory”, while the world-renowned Burj Khalifa hangs on to its title of “World’s Tallest Building”.