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Get Rid Of That Typo: Facebook Now Allows For Editing Status Updates

Skye Hudson 30-09-2013

Rejoice! Your mistakes no longer have to be etched onto your Facebook timeline for all of eternity. The Web and Android versions of Facebook have been updated to include an “Edit” button for all of your status updates, allowing you to go back and fix any embarrassing typos. Facebook has said that an update for iOS app is “coming soon.”


On both the Web and the Android app, the edit function can be accessed by clicking on the small arrow in the top right corner of any status update. Note that even after you edit your post, there will be the word “Edited” just beside the date on the status update. Everyone who can see the post can see that, and if they click it, it will show a history of all the posts revisions including the original text and when it was edited.

Get Rid Of That Typo: Facebook Now Allows For Editing Status Updates Edit Facebook Status Update

So while it won’t wipe your mistakes entirely off the Internet, the ability to edit status updates after they’ve been posted is a big relief for many Facebook users. The feature has been available for comments for a while, but it has just now found its way to status updates. In the past, users would have to delete their entire status update if it had a mistake and post a new one.

What other updates would you like to see Facebook brings to its Web version or mobile apps? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Lifehacker


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  1. WordsofWisdumbass
    October 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I've been editing posts from mobile for well over a year already using the app Tinfoil Hat. The interface uses the m.facebook site as a base but with much better controls. Aside from that and editing, the app is TINY on phone's memory and does not allow fb to track you on other sites you may visit with your browser. (not affiliated with the app, just a big fan)

  2. Ashok K
    October 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Like! a very good option to include as everybody need this.

  3. Marta Gaba
    October 1, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I work a lot with Facebook and Twitter for activism, and I was thinking about what would happen if someone writes about "X" issue, people comments, and then the author of the post changes it (not simple mistakes but the main idea). Interesting issue to work with my students (by the way, I speak Spanish that´s why this post is not properly written).
    Thanks, guys, for getting to my inbox everyday!

  4. Tom W
    September 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I doubt I'll use this often (I can't remember the last time I bothered to edit a comment), but it's good to know they finally got around to it just in case.

    I don't use the Android app right now. I find it's far too unreliable to be of much use, so I use the mobile web version instead.