Have you ever had tweeters remorse? One minute you think you are in front of cutting edge news, getting it out there before anyone else, the next minute you are wrought with regret, knowing those 100 retweets are just a glaring reminder of your impulsive and erroneous tweet. With Twitter becoming one of the most influential platforms when it comes to breaking news, it was evident that some tweets will need to be updated, edited or retracted.
In comes Stonly Baptiste, a software developer from Pennsylvania. After seeing more and more people calling for a retracting or editing function on Twitter, Stonly spent a sleepless 48 hours developing what he is calling the Retwact. Basically this system works by pulling up your last five tweets. From those five, you have the ability to select one tweet and type out the correction or apology. Once your retwact is published, it will go out to all of your followers, meanwhile, Retwact’s own account will reach out to the fist 100 people who retweeted your incorrect tweet with an @ mention.
There are still some things that need to be ironed out, like only being able to go 5 tweets back, but Stonly plans to continue working on and improving the Retwact until someone like Twitter offers to buy him out. This seems like a much needed tool and we don’t think it will be long before Twitter purchases it from Stonly.