We love Mediabistro’s Galleycat, so it’s no surprise that we find ourselves linking to their stories often for this blog! Yesterday they alerted us to an awesome program that generates strikethrough text on Twitter posts so you can make a correction without deleting the tweet.
Unlike Facebook comments and blog posts, Tweets are fixed once you post them — they can’t be edited for mistakes. The only recourse, usually, is to delete the tweet, but sometimes that can cause confusion and is often seen as bad Twitter etiquette.
Social Times suggests using a program called FSymbols.com in this way:
In the fast-paced world of journalism, mistakes happen. It’s common for publishers to post a correction loudly and proudly on their websites by crossing out the
bad informationpart that needs updating so that readers can see what’s been changed. Now there’s a way to do it on Twitter.
You’ll find a tool for generating strikethrough text on Fsymbols.com. Simply copy and paste the text from your Tweet (or write it in manually) and then copy and paste the crossed out text that appears in a new Twitter post.
Note that doing this will double the size of the characters in the post, so you’ll need to limit your Tweets to 70 characters instead of 140.
This won’t alter the already existing Twitter post, but the visual of the strikethrough is much more effective than trying to verbally explain a mistake. Try it and let us know what you think!