A new one coming in hot – Twitter edits! We seriously don’t know what took so long, but you can finally edit Tweets. To be more clear, you can edit Tweets if you’re a Blue subscriber in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and you can do that for half an hour after posting. But hold on – everyone will still know that you edited your tweet. Plus, they can check what you previously wrote.
Even though the editing option is ‘standard gear’ on every other social media platform, Twitter has been waiting for quite some time to make editing posts an option.
According to Twitter, this is because they thought even a slight change to the short text could make a significant difference and alter the context of the original message, Social Media Today reports. Well, it took them long enough to come up with a pretty simple solution that edit history is.
The process of editing a tweet is very straightforward, as you can see:
test went well, Edit Tweet is now rolling out to Twitter Blue members in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand! US coming soon pic.twitter.com/7NNPRC0t1I — Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) October 3, 2022
Full Edit History Will Be Available
So, after posting a tweet, you’ll get a notification saying that you can make changes within the next 30 minutes. During that time frame, the original tweet can be edited up to five times.
How to edit a tweet?
At the top right of the tweet, tap the three dots menu
Choose ‘Edit Tweet’, then make the necessary changes
An ‘Edited’ icon will appear in-stream for edited tweets, letting users know that the original tweet has been updated.
By clicking on “Last Edited”, users will be able to see the full edit history:
plus, a version history is available on every edited Tweet so you know what changed pic.twitter.com/E3eZSj7NsL — Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) October 3, 2022
Coming Soon: Notes To Embedded Tweets
In the next few months, Twitter will also be adding new messages to edited tweets after they have been embedded on third-party sites. So, if you embed a tweet that has been edited in the meantime, readers will have the option to click and see the new version of the tweet. However, on your website, where you embedded the tweet, the post will remain the same, in its original version:
Embedded Tweets will show whether it’s been edited, or whether there’s a new version of the Tweet When a site embeds a Tweet and it gets edited, the embed doesn’t just show the new version (replacing the old one). Instead, it shows an indicator there’s a new version pic.twitter.com/mAz5tOiyOl — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 1, 2022
Overall, it looks like Twitter found the perfect solution for their concerns, which – if you ask for my humble opinion – shouldn’t have been concerns in the first place. Other platforms have offered the edit button for years and no one seems to use it as a weapon. But, I have to admit – the option to see the history of tweets being edited is a win.