Here’s Your First Look at How the Twitter Edit Button Will Work
At this point, you might be aware that Twitter is working on an edit button† Earlier this week, Twitter confirmed that an edit button is on the way and will be live for Twitter Blue users over the coming months. Early signs of the edit button have now started popping up online, giving us a glimpse of what to expect.
Twitter Edit Button Coming Soon; Here’s How it Works
As spotted by app reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi, Twitter’s long-awaited edit button has started showing up behind the scenes on the back end. The edit button is present in the list of pop-up items that appear when you click the three dots menu at the top-right corner of the tweet.
When you click the edit button, you will see the original tweet in the compose window. You can then make the desired changes and click the “Update” button to confirm the changes† App researcher Nima Owji recorded a GIF showcasing the tweet editing flow, and you can check that out below:
As of now, Twitter has not added the edit history to the interface. However, as popular app reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong explains, Twitter is implementing the edit functionality in such a way that preserves edit history† “Looks like Twitter’s approach to Edit Tweet is immutable, as in, instead of mutating the Tweet text within the same Tweet (same ID), it re-creates a new Tweet with the amended content, along with the list of the old Tweets prior or that edit,” reads Wong’s tweet.
In terms of availability, the edit button will initially remain exclusive to Twitter Blue users. Although putting the edit button behind the paywall seems like a strategic move to attract new subscribers, Paluzzi says Twitter will make the feature available to all users in the future.
Featured Image Courtesy: Alessandro Paluzzi / Twitter