Twitter will finally get an edit button, testing to begin soon

The edit button will first come to Twitter Blue, where it will be tried and tested.

Highlights
  • Twitter has said it will soon introduce an edit feature for tweets
  • Twitter to test the edit button on Twitter Blue in the coming months
  • Elon Musk had tweeted yesterday asking users if they wanted an edit button

Twitter has announced it is working on a feature to edit tweets, a day after newly appointed board member and Twitter’s highest shareholder Elon Musk ran a poll on his personal account asking users if they wanted an edit button. Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal had retweeted the tweet, asking users to “vote carefully.” However, Twitter has clarified on its official account that the button was in the works for a year now and they “didn’t get the idea from a poll.”

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The edit button feature would initially be rolled out in the coming months only on Twitter Blue, a premium service, where it will be tested. Twitter has said the test would help it “learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible.” 

No, the edit button tweet was not an April fools’ joke

Earlier on April 1, Twitter had tweeted saying it is working on an edit button, but it was taken as an April Fools’ joke. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had earlier said that Twitter had considered an edit button, but in January 2020 had clarified that “we’ll probably never do it.” Dorsey stepped down as Twitter CEO in November 2021.

The edit button was one of the most anticipated features that users have been asking for a while now. Many Twitter users, including Kim Kardashian, Ice T, Katy Perry and McDonald’s corporate account, have spoken about an edit button in the past. Twitter is known to tailor the platform according to the users’ feedback, adding features like audio tweets and its disappearing tweets function fleets in the past. Notably, Fleets was discontinued in July 2021 after only a few months of functionality.