Twitter is now trialing the ability to edit Tweets in Canada, with a number of Canadians receiving early access to the feature. According to Twitter, the ability to edit Tweets is one of its most requested features.
In the test, users will be able to edit Tweets up to a few times in 30 minutes following their publication. Once a Tweet has been edited, it will appear with an icon, timestamp, and label that indicates it’s an Edited Tweet. This will make it clear to readers that the original Tweet was modified. Tapping the label will take readers to the Edit History where they can see past versions of the Tweet for context.
After an initial period of testing by the internal team, Edit Tweet will be made available to Twitter Blue subscribers in the coming weeks. Anyone on Twitter, however, will be able to see immediately if a Tweet has been edited.
The idea behind offering an Edit Tweet button is to give users the option to do things like fix typos, add missed tags, and make other modifications after hitting the Tweet button and a post going live.
According to Twitter, the time limit of a half an hour helps protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said. The reason for testing with a smaller group is to help incorporate feedback while identifying and resolving potential issues, including how the feature could be misused.
The expanded testing period with Twitter Blue subscribers will be localized to a single country and, as the team learns and observes how people use it, it will be made available in other countries. The first Twitter Blue subscribers who will have the chance to test the feature will be in Canada as well as the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.
As part of the test, Canadian Twitter Blue subscribers may start seeing the Edit Tweet feature as early as late September 2022.
Twitter says it hopes that the Edit Tweet feature will make Tweeting “feel more approachable and less stressful.”