Twitter has long been working on an edit button to help users make changes to existing tweets, and correct typos, among other things. The feature is still not out there and is likely to be released soon. A revelation from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong shows how Twitter will treat ‘edits’ for an embedded tweet.
According to Wong, if a tweet embedded in a post is updated with the edit button, Twitter will not update the embed but show a message saying “there’s a new version of the tweet.” The message will also have a link to visit the latest version of the tweet on the main Twitter platform.
Twitter Embedded Tweets To Show Last Edited’ Message Under The Tweets
On the other hand, if the most recent version of the tweet has been embedded, the embed will show a ‘last edited’ message under the tweet with a timestamp indicating when exactly the tweet was last updated.
Here’s what it would look like:
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
The idea of implementing clear messaging with timestamps will ensure complete transparency with the edit feature and keep people from abusing it in any way. The feature can still change, but it is a good way to move ahead.
There’s no word on when exactly the edit capability would roll out. Twitter has only confirmed that the feature would be exclusive to Twitter Blue subscribers and debut sometime in the second half of 2022.
Twitter Blue subscription has already become expensive, going from $2.99 to $4.99 in the U.S. New subscribers have to pay $4.99/month. At the same time, early adopters can continue on the old pricing until October 2022. Other notable subscription capabilities are a customizable navigation bar, a bookmark folder, longer video uploads, access to app icons and themes, and the ability to undo tweets (like email!).
In addition to the edit button, Twitter is also experimenting with features such as bringing multiple media formats (GIFs, images, and videos) into a single tweet, pinning replies to tweets, co-authoring tweets, and status labels such as ‘hot take’ and ‘spoiler alert’ for new tweets.