Explained: Twitter’s edit tweet feature, how it works, eligible users, and more

Microblogging site Twitter has finally introduced its most requested feature of all time – the ability to edit tweets. Name Edit Tweets, this feature will allow users to make changes to tweets on the platform. Twitter says the feature is being tested internally and will be rolled out in the coming weeks. “If you see an edited tweet it is because we are testing the edit button..it is happening and you will be fine,” the company writes in a tweet announcing the new feature.

Users have been demanding an edit button on Twitter for a long time. The Edit Tweet feature is a major addition to the microblogging platform as the number of characters for a tweet was increased from 140 to 280 in 2017. , You should be able to participate in conversations in a way that makes sense to you, and we will continue to work on ways that make it easier to do so,” Twitter said in a blog post.

How does the Edit Tweet feature work?

Currently, content posted once Twitter Cannot tweet. In case of any typos or changes, one has to delete the entire tweet and repost it. With the Edit Tweet feature, users will be able to modify the content of a Tweet after posting it without deleting it.

Tweets can be edited a few times within 30 minutes after their publication. “Think of it as a short period to fix typos, add missed tags, and more,” the company explains.

A screenshot of what the edited tweet will look like

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A screenshot of what the edited tweet will look like

Who will be eligible to use the Edit Tweet feature?

Will every Twitter user get this feature? No, Edit Tweet will not be available to all users, at least for now. In its blog post, Twitter says that Edit Tweet is being tested internally and will initially be expanded to Twitter Blue customers in the coming weeks. As part of their membership, they get early access to the feature. The test, the company says, will be localized to a single country at first and will expand as we learn and see how people use Edit Tweet.

In case you’re unaware, Twitter Blue is a $4.99 monthly subscription that gives exclusive access to premium features. It is exclusive to the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand only. The service is not available in India yet, which means users in India will not be able to use the Edit Tweet feature.

The Edit Tweet feature will join Twitter Blue’s undo button that allows users to cancel sending a tweet for up to 30 seconds after hitting the send button.

Who can see if a Tweet has been edited?

everyone will still be able to see if a Tweet has been edited. An edited tweet will appear with an icon, timestamp and label to make it clear to readers that the original tweet has been modified. If a reader wants to view the edit history of the tweet, he can tap on the label on the modified tweet. This will show previous versions of tweets.

Any concerns about convenience?

With more than 320 million active users, Twitter had long refused to add an edit button despite multiple requests from users. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in an interview with Wired in 2020 that the company would “probably never” add an “edit tweet” feature because it could spread misinformation. Tech experts have also raised concerns over the edit button on Twitter. The campaign for the edit button gained momentum after a post by billionaire Elon Musk.

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