After years of users requesting and demanding an option to edit their posts, Twitter has finally launched the edit button. Twitter Blue sent a test tweet, writing, “this is a test to make sure the edit button works; we’ll let you know how it goes.”
Twitter started testing the feature with select Twitter Blue users across the globe. It had also shown what an edited tweet would look like. The first edited tweet has a pencil icon below it, showing the time stamp when it was last edited. Most importantly, when you click on the “last edited” label, it shows you a version history wherein you can see the original tweet.
Under the Twitter Blue program, the feature will be rolled out for Twitter’s premium users. Twitter Blue subscribers are those who pay for the microblogging platform’s services. These mainly include businesses, influencers, and other hardcore users who rely on Twitter for their businesses and income.
While the development has excited the platform’s users, people hope that this feature trickles down to non-paying users of the platform after some time. There is wild speculation that the quality will be provided to users who aren’t a part of Twitter Blue in a few months or years. However, given how slow Twitter is at times with new feature sets, some people fear editing Tweets will be limited to Twitter Blue users only.
Twitter Blue is available in countries like the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia for a monthly fee of $4.99, or roughly Rs 400.
The edit option works because users will have 30 minutes to edit a tweet once they first post it. Within these 30 minutes, the user can edit the tweet as many times as they want. The edited tweet will allow users to see the edit history, including what changes were made and when.
Twitter is putting up a 30-minute window instead of letting users edit their tweets whenever they feel like it to ensure that a tweet’s context is not changed regularly.