At the start of September, social networking site Twitter teased that the Edit feature was finally going to happen.
Furthermore, while writing in its blog post, the company said that Edit Tweet is being tested by the team internally. The test will then be initially expanded to Twitter Blue subscribers in the coming weeks.
“Given that this is our most requested feature to date, we wanted to both update you on our progress and give you a heads up that, even if you’re not in a test group, everyone will still be able to see if a Tweet has been edited”, says Twitter.
Edit Tweet is a feature that lets people make changes to their Tweet after it’s been published. Think of it as a short period of time to do things like fix typos, add missed tags, and more.
For this test, Tweets will be able to be edited a few times in the 30 minutes following their publication. Edited Tweets will appear with an icon, timestamp, and label so it’s clear to readers that the original Tweet has been modified. Tapping the label will take viewers to the Tweet’s Edit History, which includes past versions of the Tweet.
For context, the time limit and version history play an important role here. They help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said.
Like any new feature, Twitter is intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help incorporate feedback while identifying and resolving potential issues. This includes how people might misuse the feature.
Later this month, Twitter will be expanding Edit Tweet access to Twitter Blue subscribers. As part of their subscription, they receive early access to features and help us test them before they come to Twitter. The test will be localized to a single country at first and expand as they learn and observe how people use Edit Tweet. Twitter will also be paying close attention to how the feature impacts the way people read, write, and engage with Tweets.
Twitter hopes that with the availability of Edit Tweet, Tweeting will feel more approachable and less stressful.
“Users should be able to participate in the conversation in a way that makes sense to them, and they will keep working on ways that make it feel effortless to do just that.”, signed off the write up on their blog.