After years of pleading with Twitter, users are finally getting their wishes. The long-awaited feature is now available in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, but only to Twitter Blue subscribers.
The option is not yet available in the United States, but Twitter says it will be available soon. It intends to make the feature available in other markets as well.
Twitter Blue users will have 30 minutes after sending their message to edit it. During that time, they can make changes up to five times.
Edited tweets have a modified timestamp that reads “last edited” and the time of the last change for the sake of transparency. When you click the timestamp, you will see the entire edit history.
Twitter announced in April that it was finally testing an edit button. There were early indications that the feature might include an edit history screen.
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
Twitter announced in early September that it had created an edit button. It sent out a test tweet at the end of the month, and the edit button went live a few days later.
The feature is still being tested by the company, but it will be available as part of the Labs section of the $5 per month Twitter Blue service. According to a support page, you can only edit original tweets and quote tweets.
Many types of tweets, including threads, replies, retweets, pinned tweets, Super Follow tweets, and those created with third-party apps, cannot be edited.
Even so, it’s a start. In terms of keeping things as transparent as possible, Twitter’s approach to the edit button makes sense. It’s easy to imagine news organizations making changes to a viral breaking news tweet as clarifications or additional details arrive.
If Twitter makes the edit button available to everyone, they might be able to fix innocuous typos like “sneak peak” without too much trouble.