Nobody is perfect.
When you enter text on a post, on Facebook or any other social application, it’s almost inevitable to make a few typing errors on the way. If you’re in a hurry or are not paying enough attention, the errors get posted along with your message. Also in many cases the Enter key, hit by accident, is unrelenting; and your damaged post is on its way to the internet before you’ve had the chance to look it over. To top that some applications have a feature that will turn your correctly typed words into misspelled crap – this is called “Autocorrect”.
Many jokes on the internet show screenshots of conversations gone wild due to unwanted “corrections”. It’s fun to read how the poster tries hard to make up the mistakes and puts the blame on Autocorrect. Google for “autocorrect fail” and you’ll find loads of examples of what I mean.
It’s my advice to turn off the autocorrect feature and rely on your own language skills and refrain from hitting the post button until you’ve read it over. Enable a spell checker for the current language, if available, to point out words you may need to correct.
Starting a new sentence while typing a post, comment or reply on Facebook is tricky. Hitting the Enter key will not start a newline, but instead submit you text to the server and close the input box. This may be the reason some people need several entries to get their message across (you will learn in a moment that this need not be). The correct way to do this is holding down the Shift key while pressing Enter.
If your post is bigger than say more than a few sentences, is’t a good idea to prepare the text in your favorite word processor, and after you’re content copy and paste it into the social media application. If you can do this without a pause, there’s no need to save it on file (saving is not forbidden either, who knows you might want to use – part of it – later).
On Facebook, many posters discover their typos too late. In an attempt to minimize the damage some people put a comment to their own post, explaining how they intended it in the first place. Here I’ll show how to do that in a less clumsy way, hiding the initial mistakes.
Anything you put on Facebook can be edited (or deleted) afterwards, as long as you are the author.
To manually correct your post, move your mouse pointer over the top right corner of the post (just below the thin line separating the post from the one above). This will display a small button with a pencil symbol. Click it to display a menu. Then select “Edit Post”.
If this doesn’t work while the post is shown on your homepage, try it on the timeline (your own or somebody else’s) you posted it on.
The menu may have other options than shown here, depending on the context.
If your post is a picture, you can click it to open a window containing the picture with next to (or below) it the description you gave it and the comment/reply conversation, as well as the following buttons:
The same nifty little edit button is present on comments and replies you’ve put on posts of others (or yourself).
Apart from correcting errors you may also use this method to continue with a post that was submitted prematurely by hitting Enter by accident.
Remember that you are the owner of your writing and are entitled to adjust it. But the longer you wait to make a revision of your post, the more people may have read the initial faulty version.
By my knowledge there is no way to edit a post on Twitter (once the bird is out, you can’t get it back in the cage again). You only have the option to delete a tweet (i.e. kill the bird).