Twitter edit button: Here’s everything you need to know
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(Pocket-lint) – This is probably the most requested feature in the tech world, but it looks like the edit button is finally here on Twitter.
But hold on, because it’s not yet and you’ll have to wait a little longer. Here’s everything you need to know.
Wait, when did that happen?
Twitter surprised users when it shared a tweet on September 1, 2022, warning people they might see an edited tweet.
If you see an edited tweet, it’s because we’re testing the edit button
It’s happening and everything will be fine –
Twitter (@Twitter) September 1, 2022
The tweet ends with a tongue-in-cheek “it’s happening and you’ll be fine” message, referring to the fact that the power to edit tweets has been hotly debated, with some claiming that it changes the nature of Twitter, or that it gives people a method to edit things they’ve said that then got unwanted attention.
What does the “Edit a Tweet” function allow you to do?
Currently, the Edit Tweet button will allow users to make edits to a tweet within 30 minutes of its initial posting. The idea is to allow you to edit things like typos or mistakes – it’s not designed to let you rewrite history.
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In fact, there will be a timestamp and a log of previous versions of the tweet, so those who mean something awful and then change the wording, will find that the original awful version is still there. This will provide clarity, so the system cannot be hijacked.
Twitter says you’ll be able to make multiple edits within that 30-minute time frame. It’s understandable, because sometimes we keep making mistakes.
When will edited Tweets arrive?
Twitter confirmed in a blog post that he was testing editing tweets internally. That’s why you might see tweets labeled “latest edited.”
Twitter then confirmed that the feature will be rolling out to Twitter Blue users in “the coming weeks.” It should therefore be available for Twitter Blue users in September 2022.
For now, testing is being done by Twitter staff, but will later be expanded to a single country, with Twitter closely monitoring the impact of Edit Tweet on conversation and how the service is used.
There’s no word on general availability – it could be a paid feature.
What is Twitter Blue?
Twitter Blue is a subscription service that unlocks additional Twitter features for advanced users, including the ability to “undo” a tweet within 30 seconds of posting.
This service is available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It costs $2.99 a month, but with the promise of being able to edit tweets, it might just become a lot more popular.
Written by Chris Hall.