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Finally, a messaging app that lets you edit texts after you send them

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David Cornish
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We've all been there.

That moment on a Saturday morning, waking in last night's clothes to a stern hangover, you begin to panic: What the heck did I do last night? You turn to your phone, hoping to piece together your drunken misadventure, only to discover a string of texts to that ex. A lack of blue ticks tell you she's yet to read them, but it's only a matter of time...

In the world of WhatsApp, your ticket to Embarrassment World would have been stamped - but not so with Telegram.

Launched back in 2013 with a host of impressive security features, the messaging app has just added its best function to date: you can now edit messages up to two days after sending them.

The new feature works for both one-on-one conversations and group chats; just tap one of the message you've previously sent and you'll be able to tweak spellings, typos or just reword the whole thing. It's like time travel. Sort of.

There's one crucial caveat to this new messaging super power: the recipients will be able to see if you've edited something - they just won't know what the message originally said.

It also requires that you convince your social circles to move from the likes of WhatsApp (1 billion monthly active users) to Telegram (100 million monthly active users) - but that might be easier than you think. Telegram has a bunch of very impressive functions, including added security features, 'Mentions' (nudge people toward a message in a conversation they're not included in) and 'Inline Bots' (incorporate Gifs and YouTube videos directly into conversations).

Get enough of them on there and none of you will ever live in fear of an ill-advised 3am "I MISS YOU XXX". 

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David Cornish

Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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