Following information from Twitter Inc., the widely requested Twitter ‘Edit Tweet’, the Twitter edit button feature, will be tested in the coming weeks.
Twitter Edits for a Few Times and Within 30 Minutes
The long-awaited feature on Twitter, an edit button, will be rolled out on the app in the coming weeks.
According to the app’s blog, this is just a test. The feature which is called Edit Tweet will be available to a test group to help incorporate feedback. The small group will also help in identifying and resolving potential issues. However, everyone will still be able to see that a Tweet has been edited.
For the test, Tweets will be able to be edited a few times within 30 minutes following their publication. The Edited Tweets will have an icon, timestamp, and label, so readers know that it has been modified. On clicking the label, viewers get to see the edit history and past versions of the Tweet.
Twitter Blue to Get Early Access to Edit Tweet
Twitter Blue is an opt-in, paid monthly subscription experience of the app that offers exclusive access to premium features. This allows users to customize the Twitter experience. Twitter Blue is presently launched in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Later in the month, Twitter will expand the Edit Tweet access to Twitter Blue subscribers as part of their subscription benefits. The subscribers will test the feature before it is rolled out on the app.
The rollout will begin with a country at first, then expand as the feature’s use is observed, including its impact on reading, writing and engagement with Tweets.
Twitter’s Top-requested Feature
Over the years, one of the major features or absence of a feature that set Twitter apart from other social media platforms was its ‘refusal’ to add the edit button feature. Users demanded a way to edit tweets after clicking the ‘publish’ button, to fix mistakes or add information to Tweets.
In April, following the revelation of his stake in the App, Elon Musk tweeted a poll, where he asked his followers if they wanted an edit button. By the end of the poll, over 70% of the responses were ‘yes’.
For a long time, it was believed that Twitter would never add an edit button. The Edit Tweet feature reminds users to never say never.
The absence of this feature has somewhat preserved the integrity of conversations. The micro-blogging app looks to maintain this with the time limitation for edits and the publicly accessible records of what was said.
Edit Tweet can be misused, but it is hoped that it will make Tweeting “feel more approachable and less stressful.”
For years, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Reddit have offered features that allow users to edit published posts. Some WhatsApp users are hoping that such a feature will soon be added. This will be especially great for the Status section, even though Telegram, another Instant Messaging App, allows edits for chats.