Amid all of the chaos surrounding Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter, I can’t help but wonder what Twitter will look like when the dust settles and we find out who takes over or remains in control.


  • An edit button
  • More control over the What’s Happening sidebar
  • Searchable bookmarks and a way to organize them
  • Better muted words functionality
  • The ability to archive individual tweets
  • An easier way to turn off others’ retweets
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And while we can’t quite predict what the wildly popular social networking app would look like if Musk successfully buys the company and takes it private, I do know what changes I’d like to see happen regardless of who ends up in charge of that terrible, amazing bird app.

An edit button

It’s been the most requested change for years for a reason. We should be allowed to correct our tweets when they have mistakes in them. Deleting them and starting over isn’t the answer and neither is having to live with tweets riddled with typos and autocorrect fails. There are valid concerns about having an edit button on Twitter, though. Some users could abuse the feature to hide or change the entire meaning of a tweet or its context.

But that doesn’t mean you scrap the entire idea of an edit button. It means you create one with limits and features that allow for more transparent and honest editing. Twitter says that it’s been working on an edit feature since last year. Whoever takes control of the company needs to make sure the feature still happens. Our hot takes and threads and live tweets depend on it.

It should be noted that this is the one feature Elon Musk did actually hint at early on in his bid to be more involved with Twitter.

Do you want an edit button?

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2022

More control over the What’s Happening sidebar

If you use Twitter on desktop/web, the What’s Happening sidebar can be equal parts infuriating and informative. It can help you keep up with breaking news, but it more often than not populates unnecessary, annoying, and repetitive topics. It’s also the section where even the mere mention of your favorite actor or musician’s name strikes fear in your heart because there’s rarely ever any context and chances are it’s because they’ve passed away or they’ve done something horrible.

Plus, you can’t really remove the sidebar (unless you use a browser extension) and you only have limited control over it. You may be able to remove some topics by clicking on the little three-dots icon, but not all topics have it and some of them seem rooted to the side of your screen all day even though they have nothing to do with your interests. Give us the ability to remove topics from the What’s Happening sidebar or at least let us hide it from view. Rapidamente.

Searchable bookmarks and a way to organize them

I can’t be the only one who saves tweets. And if you’re anything like me, you have a comically huge collection of them in your Twitter bookmarks. Which is why it seems particularly cruel that Twitter gives us a place to save a seemingly astronomical amount of tweets, but no way to organize them or search through them.

Twitter can be horrible place, but it is also the source of some of the most insightful threads and funniest commentary around and why wouldn’t we want to revisit our favorite content? What if you need to find a recipe that was only shared via a tweet on Twitter? Buona fortuna. Because with the current state of Twitter’s Bookmarks feature, you’ll be scrolling forever trying to find it as there’s no way to search your bookmarks or sort them, or organize them into handy folders like “Recipes” or “Memes” or “Gossip.”

(Twitter does offer an advanced search feature to find tweets, but it would be so much easier to just click on a themed folder or do a quick search from within the Bookmarks section.)

Better muted words functionality

Muted words is easily one of Twitter’s best content curation features. After all, social media should be about enjoying the content you consume, not constantly being bombarded with stuff you don’t want to see. If you can’t stand spoilers, you can mute the words related to your favorite shows, so you’re not seeing others’ live tweets about them.

If there are topics you don’t want to see because they’re upsetting, you can use the muted words feature to curate your feed to avoid them. The concept is great, but the execution isn’t always where we need it to be. Users have complained about muting words related to their shows only to have Twitter allow a few spoiler tweets slip through to their feeds anyway. And it can be unsettling to be scrolling along happily only to then encounter a traumatic subject matter you thought you muted.

Mi piacerebbe che le parole mutevoli siano più accurate e più efficaci nel suo lavoro. Potrebbe anche essere utile se Twitter potesse suggerire parole correlate che potrebbero essere disattivate accanto a parole che hai già scelto. In questo modo, non sei bloccato vedendo i tweet indesiderati solo perché non sei riuscito a disattivare tutte le loro possibili permutazioni.

La possibilità di archiviare i singoli tweet

Mentre puoi scaricare un archivio dei tuoi tweet, non è quello di cui sto parlando qui. Voglio la capacità di archiviare (leggi: nascondi dalla vista, ma non cancellare) singoli tweet o grappoli di tweet. Quando si tratta di vecchi tweet indesiderati, non dovremmo scegliere tra la massa che elimina i vecchi tweet o impostare gli account a privato per tenerli di essere (completamente) pubblico.

Dovremmo avere la capacità di curare i loro post pubblicati e talvolta questo significa volere salvare i tweet ma non necessariamente renderli pubblici. Altre piattaforme di social media hanno già caratteristiche di archivio simili come quello che sto descrivendo. Ad esempio, Instagram ti consente di archiviare i tuoi post, il che significa che esistono ancora ma solo tu puoi vederli. E hai anche la possibilità di renderli di nuovo pubblici sul tuo profilo.

Un modo più semplice per disattivare i retweet degli altri

I retweet sono un ottimo modo per segnalare i tweet di boost che ti piace o altrimenti ritengono importante, ma possono diventare fastidiosi quando alcuni dei conti si seguono abusare. Alcune persone e marchi diventano un po ‘troppo felici e improvvisamente il tuo feed è solo una successione di un milione di retweet sullo stesso argomento. Quando hai un seguace che continua a distruggere quel pulsante retweet sui tweet che non hai mai voluto vedere, è ora di spegnere i loro retweet. In questo modo non devi disattivare il conto o sleulle, ma non hai anche colpito costantemente con una raffica del loro cattivo gusto nei tweet. E mentre Twitter ti consente di farlo, ti costringe a visitare il profilo dell’account offensivo per farlo.

Ma sarebbe molto più facile da usare, se potessi disattivare i retweet di un account tramite uno dei loro fastidiosi retweet. Vale a dire, vorrei quanto segue: Quando tocchi l’icona più a tre punti su un retweet, il menu che si apre dovrebbe offrire anche la possibilità di spegnere i retweet di quella persona. Vedere? Semplice e veloce.