The ability to edit tweets is a feature that has been desired by users for a number of years, and Twitter is now introducing support for it.
On Thursday, the business disclosed that it would gradually roll out the eagerly anticipated edit button to a small group of Twitter Blue subscribers.
Users will be able to modify tweets for up to 30 minutes after they are posted, and changed tweets will show indicators to indicate that they have been edited. According to the company, users will also be able to view the first tweet and any updates.
The edit button is presently undergoing internal testing, the microblogging site claims, and will eventually be made available to Twitter Blue users.
Before being made available in further regions, the company claims that the functionality will first be tested in one nation. Twitter Blue is the company’s premium subscription service that gives customers access to planned features before other users and enhanced functionality.
As was already mentioned, users will have a 30-minute window in which to amend their tweets using the edit button. According to Twitter, the brief window will enable users to rapidly correct errors or add missing hashtags.
According to Twitter, edited tweets will be clearly identified by an icon, a timestamp, and a label. When a user taps the label, the tweet’s edit history—which includes previous edits and the original tweet—is displayed.
The 30-minute timeframe for editing tweets and version history, according to the business, are crucial for preserving the authenticity of discussions and keeping a record of claims made on the platform public.
Since years, Twitter users have requested the ability to modify tweets, and the company said in April that it would be adding support for an edit button. In order to better understand how the tool might be abused and address possible problems, the service claims that it is purposefully testing it with a smaller set of users.
The business added, “We’ll also be closely monitoring how the functionality effects how users read, compose, and engage with Tweets.”
The “undo” option on Twitter Blue, which enables users to cancel posting a tweet up to thirty seconds after pressing the send button, is now joined by the “edit” button.
The platform’s premium subscription service, known as Twitter Blue, is accessible in a few countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. The addition of an edit button should provide the subscription service the much-needed boost it needs in the face of falling share prices and profitability.
Elon Musk, a billionaire, agreed to buy Twitter in April for $44 billion (approximately Rs. 3,50,200 crore), but tried to back out in July, claiming he had been deceived about the amount of bogus or spam users on the site. In preparation for his planned legal dispute with Twitter next month, Musk has also cited allegations of insufficient security measures made by a whistleblower and the organization’s former security chief.
Before they can reach the edit option, Twitter users in India might have to wait a bit. It is yet unknown if Twitter will roll out the edit button more widely throughout the entire site, and the company has not yet made any plans to introduce the subscription service in India.