Twitter’s edit button officially in testing phase

The test group for the long-awaited edit button is being expanded from Twitter employees to subscribers to the Twitter Blue payment model. However, the tweets can only be edited for a short time.

Twitter users have been waiting for this feature for years, and now it’s officially in the starting blocks: the edit button is entering the test phase for users of the platform for the first time. However, even after this roll-out, only certain users can access the editing function – while it has some limitations.

Twitter’s Edit Button: Only against payment, can only be used for half an hour

The “Edit Tweet” feature allows users to make changes to their tweet even after it has been published. But the typos or wrong tags can only be corrected within 30 minutes. We already reported about this restriction at the beginning of August. If a tweet has been edited, Twitter marks it with an icon, a timestamp, and a label. This way, all readers can clearly see that the original tweet has been changed. Tapping the flag displays the tweet’s edit history, which includes previous versions of the tweet. Accordingly, the errors are not completely hidden from the eyes of the public.

This is what an edited tweet looks like, © Twitter

According to Twitter, the time limit and version history help maintain the integrity of the conversation by publicly recording what was said or written. Jay SullivanGeneral Manager for Consumer and Revenue Product at Twitter, had expressed months agothat the integrity of the conversation should not be compromised by an edit button.

Without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit could be misused to alter the record of the public conversation. Protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our top priority when we approach this work.

What could cause more excitement than the time limit, however, is the fact that the edit button will initially only be available to people using Twitter’s payment model, Twitter Blue – which will become significantly more expensive in the coming months.

These are the test groups for the editing function

Twitter will initially make the edit button available for a small test group after it has already been rolled out for employees of the short message service. This should provide external feedback that can help optimize the feature.

Access to the new feature will be available over the next few weeks Twitter Blue-Subscribers: expanded inside. However, there is hope for all other Twitter users. Because Twitter writes about the Twitter Blue subscribers:

As part of their subscription, they get early access to features and help Twitter test them before they’re generally available on Twitter. The test will initially be limited to a single country and will then be expanded as more information is gathered on how ‘Edit Tweet’ is being used […]

Accordingly, the function could possibly also be made available for non-paying users at a later date. Finally, it should also be borne in mind that the Twitter Blue payment model has so far only been available in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. And a feature as big as the edit button should be available to a larger audience.

We really hope that with the availability of the edit feature, tweeting will feel easier and less stressful. Users should be able to participate in the conversation in ways that make sense for them individually, and we will continue to work on ways to make it easy to do just that,

means Jolanta Baboulidis, Country Manager Germany on Twitter. After the official start of the test phase, Twitter users can now eagerly await the company’s next steps.

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