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Finally! Twitter tests ‘edit’ tweet option

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Finally! Twitter tests ‘edit’ tweet option

After being the most requested feature in its history, it seems social media giant Twitter is finally answering users’ prayers and is officially testing an edit button.

Twitter announced this via its official blog, and shared a screenshot of what an edited tweet may look like:

twitter new edit tweet feature

Telling users they could be seeing a lot more of these tweets soon, the social network revealed that this feature is currently being tested out internally. This is being carried out for reasons you may expect – to take on board feedback and resolve any issues that may crop up.

Explaining the feature, Twitter revealed that this button will provide users with a short period – of 30 minutes – to fix any spelling mistakes, add any hashtags they may have missed and carry out other minor changes. As shown in the image above, these tweets will be clearly labelled as edited, with a pencil icon in the bottom left-hand corner followed by “Last edited” and a time and date. What’s more, by clicking on this text, users will be able to see the history of edits made on a tweet.

Twitter highlighted that the combination of the 30-minute edit window and the visible edit history are crucial. Indeed, this should help to dissuade people from changing the meaning of a tweet entirely through the edit option, which could potentially be used for malicious purposes.

After this option has gone through internal testing, it will then be released to Twitter Blue members – the platform’s paid subscription offering. Again, this will be for the purpose of testing before the button is released to the wider world. This testing will be limited to a single country – which hasn’t yet been named – to begin with, before then being expanded and eventually made available to all users.

Twitter has encouraged those interested to turn on notifications for the @TwitterBlue account, as it will be sharing more details there soon, and it hopes that this function will make tweeting “more approachable and less stressful”.

Indeed, while content should always be proofread before being put out online, mistakes can happen. Particularly for brands, this function will provide a safety net for any rogue typos – meaning that businesses won’t need to sacrifice precious engagement and delete a tweet entirely in order to correct a single-letter mistake, for example.

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Emily Jones
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