So long as there’s been Twitter, there were tweets that needed another chance. Twitter users have begged the business to implement an edit feature for a long time, but Twitter rarely makes sweeping changes to its platformwith some notable exceptions like the 280 character limit and choosing who reaches answer your tweets. Regardless of just how many users complained, Twitter never budged, as yet. It appears that after 15 years of live blogging our every thought, the edit button is finally possible.
Twitter dropped the news headlines in an informal tweet on Thursday morning, as though it were nothing. Oh, this? Ha, its actually just another Thursday at ol Twitter HQ. If Twitter ever discovers something significant, like life on Mars or the cure for cancer, I expect the news headlines to be delivered the same as this.
Snark notwithstanding, the edit button is coming. Soon, Twitter users everywhere can send a tweet, see their mistake, and correct it without having to nuke the initial copy and begin from scratch.
Twitter continues to be testing the edit button, so that it isnt a full-fledged feature all set to the masses. Therefore, Twitter is choosing two pools of users to work through the kinks: Twitter employees and Twitter Blue subscribers.
Starting this month, those folks who pay $4.99 monthly for expanded Twitter features can truly add the edit button to your arsenal. Ordinary people free folk only will have to wait and stare at Blue users altered tweets.
Once you do access Twitters edit button, whether through Twitter Blues early access or the features eventual public rollout, heres everything you can get.
Once you distribute a tweet, you have 30 minutes to edit it as much times as you need. You can pick the edit substitute for begin an edit, then publish it. Once that 30 minutes is up, youre done. Your tweet exists, edits and all, and cant be changed. Your only recourse may be the same one youve always had: deletion.
However, remember every edit is saved to an edit history noticeable to anyone with usage of your tweets. You arent hiding mistakes or regrettable thoughts by editing them. Each iteration of one’s tweet sticks around for as long your tweet does, viewable via an overt edit label. In the event that you tweeted something on the controversial side, the edit button wont save. However, for fixing quick typos or expanding a little on your own original idea, its a welcome addition.
Having said that, I, for just one, am looking towards the way the wonderfully creative users of Twitter are likely to turn this technique right into a meme machine.