WhatsApp to allow users to edit messages


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    @phenomlab oh no, that is 1 cent on the video, but you are right, symbols are similar… I just converted it to $1 , since it is more intuitive in daily life…

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    @Panda I think we’re already seeing that direction being followed - although probably not in the sense of self-hosted.

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    And so it starts. Amazon are going to introduce forced ads even for Prime customers on their platform. To remove them, you have to pay more??


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    @crazycells always makes me laugh

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    @crazycells I’m totally unsurprised by any of this. Musk is well known for creating schemes meaning that he profits out of pretty much anything these days.

    Whilst I admire the business acumen, I certainly don’t agree with the ethics.

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    @crazycells yes, I think it certainly has a place - but to enrich knowledge, rather than simply substitute it.

    I remember years ago when I did my exams. You weren’t allowed a calculator or anything like that and had to show your workings on a separate piece of paper which you were given additional marks for.

    These days, they use iPads etc in schools, so the art of writing a letter or needing to perform mathematical calculations in your head is gone. One of my very first jobs was in a newsagent who had a really old till (yes, not a Point-Of-Service like you have today) - all this till did was add up the individual figures, but didn’t tell you how much change to give - you had to do that part.

    Sounds simple enough, but with technology doing everything for us these days, our basic skills (think the “Three R’s”, and see example below) have taken a back seat and I think that’s made us lazy.

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three R's

    Again, my point here being to enrich - not completely replace basic skills we learn as we age.

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    @Panda said in Google Pixel announced with eye watering price:

    I gave up with it in the end, its now an expensive ornament.
    Its not even a good watch as runs out of battery in less than a day! Lol

    Exactly and amen to that. It’s the exact reason as to why I avoid “gadgets” like this 🤭

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    You’ve probably heard in the news that Twitter is evidently trialing a “feature” that enables you to edit tweets. See below


    For me at least, this has been met with a degree of trepidation - ok, even sarcasm if I’m honest. If you read the article, you’ll notice that this is being targeted at those who actually pay for Twitter’s services - their Premium Blue Services to be precise.

    Even Facebook, with it’s multitude of well documented privacy issues over the years offers you this for free - and also the ability to delete a post you’ve created. Whilst Facebook is far from perfect, they’ve at least given you this functionality for free, yet Twitter have the audacity to charge for even the most basic of features. Whilst I fully understand that some services, particularly those that extend the platform’s existing functions with a set of features that enhance the overall capability need to be offered as a paid service to provide the firm with a revenue stream, that (in my view) doesn’t extend to a feature that should be part of the core product suite, and should be free.

    As an analogy, can you imagine buying a car only to find out that the wipers are a “premium” addition? If you’re like me, and produce plenty of typos in text you type - and let’s be honest - with a significant portion of devices connected to the internet being mobile, this is an ongoing trend that shows no sign of showing down, yet alone stopping altogether.

    In this instance, you have to delete an entire tweet just to rectify poor grammar or spelling mistakes which by today’s standards is almost prehistoric. Admittedly, every platform, including this one, will retain the original post along with the edits you made. The difference here is that you have access to the edits, and can remove them completely if you so desire.

    Seeing as it took Twitter years to go from 140 to 280 characters per message (and for the purists out there, I’m well aware of Twitter’s origins and it’s emergence as a micro blogging platform), I’m not expecting Twitter to make this edit “feature” mainstream meaning that every year can benefit from it as part of the core functionality.

    My personal view is that it’s not right or acceptable to make users pay for basic functionality - and the ability to edit a post is paramount in my view. Let’s say that you’ve worded something in a way that could be misinterpreted, or misconstrued. After reading your post, you have a chance to rectify that and this is a feature I see being used on a daily basis here.

    It’s no wonder that various tweets on Twitter often cause a backlash, and a wave of negative comments. The only saving grace is the ability to delete a tweet, but in terms of damage control it may be too late already.

    I guess there’s always the argument that you should think before you post, but sadly, that doesn’t seem to be adhered to in several cases I’ve seen.

    I’m interested in your views around this topic. Self moderation should be encouraged at all times, and it’s not something I’d expect to have to pay for either.