Facebook adds way to edit status updates comments

How many times have you written a comment in Facebook, responding to a friend's status update, only to find that you put in a typo or simply didn't write what you had in your head? Until now, all you could do was delete that comment or, if you saw an error quickly, you could edit it within a few seconds after you wrote that post.

Now Facebook is rolling out a new update that will allow its many users to actually edit a status update comment well after it is posted. Facebook's support page has the simple details of just how to edit a comment you have already written. According to The Next Web, this new feature should be available to all Facebook users in the next couple of days. It adds that users will be able to edit their comments at any time, even with comments that you have previously written on other user's status updates.

The new feature will even show a comment's edit history, as seen in the screenshot above. However, TechCrunch reports that this new feature is not yet available for Facebook's mobile apps or for its embeddable comment website widget.

Via: The Next Web
Source: Facebook Support Page | Image via Facebook

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that should have been on there for ages as without being able to edit a post, which i do often on many forums, the only way you could fix it was to delete the post and re-post it

ThaCrip said,
that should have been on there for ages as without being able to edit a post, which i do often on many forums, the only way you could fix it was to delete the post and re-post it

Yep, been there and done that and done that and one that and done that!

ThaCrip said,
that should have been on there for ages as without being able to edit a post, which i do often on many forums, the only way you could fix it was to delete the post and re-post it

I don't think they've added the ability to edit posts/status updates, despite what the title of this article currently says. I only have the ability to edit comments, not statuses/posts.

BBinder said,
yet we still dont get a dislike button

Workaround to the Dislike Button:

1. In the comments, type "Dislike!"
2. You can even customize the number of exclamation points.
3. Press Enter.

thenonhacker said,

Workaround to the Dislike Button:

1. In the comments, type "Dislike!"
2. You can even customize the number of exclamation points.
3. Press Enter.


You just exude genius in every one of your posts... /sarcasm

Flae_qui said,
bout time... google+ did that since.. day 1

But Google+ doesn't have an edit history, so the feature is quite dangerous Someone can edit their comment to say something completely different and it could make your +1 or reply look bad. All Google+ shows is the edit time, which means nothing in that regard. An edit history makes much more sense.

Calum said,

But Google+ doesn't have an edit history, so the feature is quite dangerous Someone can edit their comment to say something completely different and it could make your +1 or reply look bad. All Google+ shows is the edit time, which means nothing in that regard. An edit history makes much more sense.

And another reason not to use G+ is, Google is Evil.

Calum said,

But Google+ doesn't have an edit history, so the feature is quite dangerous Someone can edit their comment to say something completely different and it could make your +1 or reply look bad. All Google+ shows is the edit time, which means nothing in that regard. An edit history makes much more sense.

"Bill Gates is great!"

"I agree!"

"He was an awesome man!"

(Edited original comment to) "Hitler is great!"

muahahahh

andrewbares said,

"Bill Gates is great!"

"I agree!"

"He was an awesome man!"

(Edited original comment to) "Hitler is great!"

muahahahh

The Story of No "Edit History"

Hm... So even after someone has responded to your comment you can edit it to make it seem like you didn't say what they were responding too? Well this could be fun... LOL

I think it should disable this feature once someone has responded to it...

M_Lyons10 said,
Hm... So even after someone has responded to your comment you can edit it to make it seem like you didn't say what they were responding too? Well this could be fun... LOL

I think it should disable this feature once someone has responded to it...

If I had a Facebook, I would so abuse that. Lol!

This stinks though, some of the funniest stuff on failbook, and in "The other thread..." were facebook mess ups. I am expecting even less now that people can correct themselves/their grammar.

Zappa859 said,

If I had a Facebook, I would so abuse that. Lol!

This stinks though, some of the funniest stuff on failbook, and in "The other thread..." were facebook mess ups. I am expecting even less now that people can correct themselves/their grammar.

Yeah, Facebook doesn't seem to think anything through. It's rather pathetic honestly. lol

And I'm sure there will be plenty of stuff still on those sites... People are still too lazy to correct things like bad grammar and such. LOL

M_Lyons10 said,
Hm... So even after someone has responded to your comment you can edit it to make it seem like you didn't say what they were responding too? Well this could be fun... LOL

I think it should disable this feature once someone has responded to it...

You can view the comment's history so all edits are viewable. Basically, if you want to retract a comment and not have anyone see it, you have to delete it. Editing it will still allow people to view the original versions.

M_Lyons10 said,
Yeah, Facebook doesn't seem to think anything through. It's rather pathetic honestly. lol
There is an edit history...

M_Lyons10 said,
Hm... So even after someone has responded to your comment you can edit it to make it seem like you didn't say what they were responding too? Well this could be fun... LOL

No point in doing that when there's "show edit history"

M_Lyons10 said,
Hm... So even after someone has responded to your comment you can edit it to make it seem like you didn't say what they were responding too? Well this could be fun... LOL

No, actually, you can't do that. The article clearly shows why.

Read the Article. It says, you can view the Edit History. It's even in the screenshot. And I like this feature. Sneaky people making sneaky edits is impossible, and the only way to avoid Edit History is to delete you entire comment. AMICLEAR?

thenonhacker said,
Read the Article. It says, you can view the Edit History. It's even in the screenshot. And I like this feature. Sneaky people making sneaky edits is impossible, and the only way to avoid Edit History is to delete you entire comment. AMICLEAR?

I read the story, but knowing people, no one is going to be using the "edit history". What is easily viewable is all they will see.

And, I would like to point out that being a jerk does not make your argument any clearer, it only makes YOU look like a jerk.

I'll just chalk this up to poor upbringing as clearly no one taught you how to treat others.

Navan said,
Got the feature, used it y-day. Better than deleting your comment and re-posting it. Good add-on.
It's not quite an add-on.. it's just an update.

Mulsivaas said,
It's not quite an add-on.. it's just an update.

Was it something added? [yes] Then it can be considered a add-on.

ir0nw0lf said,

Was it something added? [yes] Then it can be considered a add-on.

An add-on is an item in-addition to the full feature set of something. This is part of the full feature set, thus.. it is an update to that feature set.

xendrome said,

An add-on is an item in-addition to the full feature set of something. This is part of the full feature set, thus.. it is an update to that feature set.


You're right, but that definition is specific to computer terminology.

In general use, "add-on" would be correct for nearly any addition made to something. If you add solar panels to your house, that can be considered an add-on, or if you were to put a spoiler on your car, it would be an add-on. The general definition of "add-on" should still apply here as well.