Twitter finally introduces one of the most anticipated functions by its users: the edit button

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Asked if Twitter would ever have an edit tweet button (or tweets), Jack Dorsey replied in January 2020 with a disheartening “we probably never will.” That possibility had been debated for years by the creators of Twitter, but until Elon Musk returned to the idea, it seemed impossible that it was going to arrive. Today, after dimes and diretes, it begins to be available in tests and in a (very) restricted way.

We can finally edit tweets. Those statements by Musk provoked the quick response of those responsible for Twitter, who in April officially confirmed they were working on that option. Today the company advertise that “the Edit Tweet feature is starting to be tested internally by the team.”

For now it will be a premium option. After these internal tests, Twitter indicates that at the end of this month the option “will also be extended to Twitter Blue subscribers”, its premium service that is active in New Zealand, the US, Australia and Canada. The rollout will therefore be slow because they want to make sure that this “most requested to date” feature works correctly.

how it will work. Tweets may be edited multiple times within 30 minutes of posting. Edited ones will appear with an icon, timestamp, and label to make it clear to readers that the original tweet has been edited.

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edition history. If we tap on the label, we will be able to consult the history of modifications of the tweet, including previous versions to be able to contextualize it. That will allow, according to those responsible for Twitter, “to protect the integrity of the conversation and will create a publicly accessible record of what was said.”

Will that change the way we use Twitter? The option to edit tweets will therefore be available to Twitter Blue subscribers before the end of September, but that deployment will be limited to one country initially. It will slowly roll out to others, allowing engineers to learn how that feature is being used and how that feature “affects the way people read, write, and engage in Tweets.”

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Global deployment, nothing (for now). On Twitter they do not offer information on whether the feature will end up being able to be used in the basic version of the service, nor do they point to dates of that possible global deployment. We will be attentive, but the truth is that it is significant that this announcement occurs right in the middle of that declared legal battle between Elon Musk and Twitter.

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Asked if Twitter would ever have an edit tweet button (or tweets), Jack Dorsey replied in January 2020 with a…

Asked if Twitter would ever have an edit tweet button (or tweets), Jack Dorsey replied in January 2020 with a…

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