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Twitter begins testing edit button

Twitter has begun testing an edit button for Twitter Blue subscribers ahead of launch in late September 2022. With the exit of beloved co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, it appears that the company is letting go of its foundational ideas.

For many years, users have demanded an edit button, but Dorsey, who was formerly at the helm, refused to give in. There are several issues with an edit option, but it seems that the new hands at the company do not mind.

The hints have been there all through this year, but Twitter had kept mute until a blog post on Thursday, September 1. It shared a screenshot of how edited Tweets would look, and gratefully, it has a visible ‘Last edited’ tag that is clickable.

“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,” the company said.

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The test feature allows you only edit Tweets within the first 30 minutes after you publish them, and it will start with the in-house team first. 

“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,” Twitter further explained.

Eventually, the Twitter edit feature may come to every user as the company hints that the Twitter Blue subscription only earns members’ early access’ and is not exclusive. Although, the company has not given a timeline for when we, the others, are to expect the feature.

The company hopes the edit button would make using the platform less stressful. Meanwhile, the time limit and edit history would ‘protect the integrity’ of convos and leave them available to the public.

You can read more on Twitter Blue here and see how to subscribe to it.

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