After eight years, Facebook is finally giving members the ability to edit their comments.
One of the most frustrating parts of commenting on Facebook is the inability to go back and edit — one area where Google+ actually has a leg up on the competition.
Instead of having to delete a comment and start over fresh, an edit option will appear in the form of a small pencil icon in the top right corner of your comment. A drop-down menu will appear once you’ve clicked the pencil, and there you will have the choice to edit your comment or delete it entirely. Comments can be edited at any time, even existing comments.
This update is beneficial for both Facebook Page admins and their fans, as the social network will display the edit history for each comment, so that anyone joining the conversation later will have full context.
It’s important to note that only the original commenter can edit their comments; you won’t be able to edit any comment left by a fan. Additionally, it appears this update won’t be available for anyone using Facebook’s embeddable comments plugin for their blog or website.
While this isn’t a groundbreaking update, it will help to provide a smoother user experience all around. Facebook is gradually rolling this out to all users over the next few days.
Jennifer Beese: Jennifer Beese has worked as a community manager and social media strategist. When she’s not writing, you can find her studying anatomy and physiology—she literally has a skeleton in her closet—or under the stars with her telescope.