A new feature from Facebook (News - Alert) is out today that will allow users to edit their Facebook posts after they have been published. This feature is expected to come out for iOS soon and is currently available on the Web and for Android (News - Alert) users.
Before this feature became available, in order to get rid of embarrassing typos users had to completely delete their posts. As added bonuses, Android users also get emotion and activity sharing, events at a glance, and photo album creation today.
Editing posts is simple, you just click the drop-down arrow in the top right of one of your posts and select ‘Edit Post’ to change the text. Once you have properly corrected your post you just click "Done Editing."
Even though this is a feature that has been long-requested, perhaps it was held back because the company was scared users would bait and switch each other. For example if a friend on Facebook posted something that you either clicked the like button for or made a comment about liking then later that friend went back and edited the post completely changing its meaning. The new image or post may be something that offends you or you would not have liked.
TechCrunch reports that, "Facebook apparently found that the edit history section was enough to deter people from such trickery. It started allowing users to edit comments in June 2012, and Page owners have also had the ability to edit text on photo posts for a while. Facebook seems to have encountered few problems so now everyone is getting the option."
Google+ has had post editing for sometime now but it is unlikely that editing will come to Twitter (News - Alert) anytime soon.
This new feature will help many save face that use their mobile where touch screen keypads make it easy to make embarrassing mistakes. Since a lot of posts were simply deleted and forgotten about due to mistakes, this new feature could easily add to Facebook's content flow.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi