How many times have you posted a brilliant Facebook comment, only to realize that you made a ridiculous spelling mistake?
Facebook took note of this predicament and started rolling out a new feature today, allowing users to edit their comments without deleting them. While only select groups of people can currently access this update, Facebook said in an email to The Huffington Post that the edit tool should be live for everyone within the next several days.
"We'll also be showing the editing history for a comment so that subsequent commenters or likers have the full context of the conversation," Facebook reps said. This means that while you may correct a comment, the history of the post is still preserved.
TNW is reporting that those currently with access to the edit tool have a thirty-second time limit to make a correction to a new post. If you edit after that time window closes, other users will see that the post has been edited. It's also possible to go back in your Timeline and edit older comments -- including those terrible status messages you wish you'd never posted.
"The edit option appears in the form of a small pencil icon on the right side of your comment," Mashable noted yesterday, as the update came to light. "Clicking on the pencil will bring up a drop-down menu with the option to edit your comment as well as the option to delete it entirely."
Maybe this new feature could have helped save that Chili's employee who got fired over a Facebook rant. Either way, we certainly welcome this update.
Will you use this new edit tool? Let us know in the comments!
Click through our gallery to see 14 notifications that we wish Facebook actually would send. see 14 other Facebook notifications we actually want, check out the slideshow below, then tell us what you think about the new edit tool in the comments section.
When Someone Unfriends You
Depressing, but we can't help ourselves.
When Mom And Dad Join Facebook
So we can hide some photos and temper our status updates.
When Someone Untags Herself In A Facebook Photo
It's usually not because they were about to blink -- and now we just want to see it more.
When Someone Deletes Their Profile
Guess we won't be hearing from you again! So many people threaten to quit Facebook -- we'd like to know who actually <em>does</em>.
When An Advertiser Finds Out More About You Than You'd Like
...and Facebook collects a bit of cash thanks to the status update you just shared.
When New Parents Post Photos NOT Of Their Child
New parents generally post photos <em>only</em> of their newborn (it's pretty miraculous how many things new parents can find to share about their babies...) Infants can be adorable, but at some point, we'd like a change of pace.
When A Pet Owner Post A Picture NOT Of Their Dog Or Cat
Pet owners, like new parents, can also be very one-track-minded.
When Someone Stalks You For An Inapropriate Amount Of Time
You really should see all you need to see in five, maybe 10 minutes. Breach that time limit, and we should get stalker alerts.
When Someone Searched For Their Ex's Profile
On second thought... we don't want that. You'd be hearing from us an awful lot...
When Your Parents Click On Spam
"WOW I can't believe that you can see who is viewing your profile! I just saw My Top 10 Profile and Photo Peekers and I am SHOCKED!! You can also see WHO VIEWED YOUR PROFILE here."
When Your Ex Breaks Up With Their Current Squeeze
When You Post Too Many Humblebrags
"I didn't sleep for four years, but I graduated as valedictorian!" "I've been so busy, I somehow lost 15 pounds!" Enough.
When People Are Lying About How Much Fun They Are Having
When Your Crush Uploads New Pictures
You only have 300 photos to flip through -- gimme more!