I have been on Twitter for about seven years now and one of the features I ever wanted Twitter to roll out was an edit button. This was due to the fact I was accustomed to Facebook but after several years, Twitter is finally rolling out an edit feature on Tweets. Twitter announced this in a blog a few days back and here is all that we know.
In 2020, Twitter rolled out Fleets, an ephemeral feature that deleted users’ posts after 24 hours. That didn’t catch on and the feature was axed. We were wrong, Twitter recently mentioned on their official blog how the edit button is the most requested feature on the platform.
We’re hoping that with the availability of Edit Tweet, tweeting will feel more approachable and less stressful. You should be able to participate in the conversation in a way that makes sense to you, and we’ll keep working on ways that make it feel effortless to do just that.Twitter
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The edit button capability is going through internal testing with Twitter developers, staff, and approved testers. It will then be extended to subscribers of Twitter’s Blue service in the not-so-distant future. In any case, that test will be restricted to one country at first.
The test will be localized to a single country at first and expand as we learn and observe how people use Edit Tweet.
Twitter Blue is accessible in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and offers services, for example, an “undo” capability that gives clients a 60-second window to correct a sent tweet before it shows up publicly.
Later this month, Twitter will expand its Edit Tweet access to Twitter Blue subscribers. As part of their subscription, Twitter Blue subscribers receive early access to features and help us test them before they come to Twitter.
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How long can I edit?
To forestall the edit button from turning into a #1 among disinformation spreaders and biased propaganda, Twitter has added shields. Twitter users will be permitted to make changes for just a short time of about 30 minutes after their unique tweet is posted. After an alter, the tweet will bear a mark to show it has been changed. Tapping the mark will allow watchers to see the historical backdrop of the all changes.
Twitter also mentioned that it will be paying close attention to how the feature impacts the way people read, write, and engage with Tweets. This makes the edit button perhaps the biggest shift & news on the platform since 2017 when Twitter increased the character limit for messages to 280 from 140.
I had actually given up on waiting for this and I had settled for deleting tweets that I mistakenly posted embarrassing errors and resorted to re-posting again.