Grammarians around the world can rejoice at the news that Facebook status update editing is here at last! For long-suffering English majors and those concerned about grammar, this is welcome news. Social media grammarians have been complaining for a long time that after a status gets published, there is no way to edit those pesky typos or even outright errors. After typing out a long tome that is worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, nothing is more frustrating than seeing a typo, or worse yet, an embarrassing grammatical mistake. Most of the time, the only option was to erase the entire status update just to fix minor error, or to place a disclaimer in the comments section with a lengthy explanation about why the mistake happened along with an apologetic correction.
Now, instead of having to go through all that fuss and bother, all Facebook users will be able to edit the status update directly no matter how long it has been published. This also avoids the terrible problem of having to erase status updates that have already amassed tons of comments. The user, up to this point, has had to face a dilemma; should they leave the glaring error as-is to preserve their friend’s comments, or erase the entire update along with the thread of comments in favor of correcting the mistake?
True grammarians tend to err on the side of their love of language and opt to erase the update for the sake of grammatical correctness. Then, they would usually write something like “Why doesn’t Facebook allow for editing of status updated after they’re published? I just had to erase an entire thread because of a typo! UGH!”
Facebook has long allowed for the editing of comments, a change that was welcomed with open arms by users. This new change will undoubtedly have a lot of people wiping their brows with relief as well. Users don’t have to worry about sneaky switcheroo tactics either; such as if a friend posts something positive, like a picture of a cute baby, and then racks up tons of likes only to edit that status to say something different, making it look as if the users are “liking” something terrible. Facebook users will be allowed to look at a whole history of the edited post and see exactly what the original said.
The new edit feature will be available first on Android devices and the web today or tomorrow and on iOS “soon.” To edit a post, users will need to click on the “down arrow” which is near the privacy settings, and there should be an option to “edit post.” This new feature is surely going to improve the lives of millions and has been sorely needed since Facebook launched.
Reaction on social media has been largely positive. Tweeter @ClemensRettich wrote “Coming to a Facebook post near you… the ability to EDIT after posting! Yes!” Irene McKisson @irenemckisson tweeted “Facebook now allows you to edit posts. Typos be GONE!”
Indeed, Facebook grammarians should rejoice because status update editing is here at last! Let the joyous news be spread throughout the land.
By: Rebecca Savastio