Twitter’s new edit button has been spotted online, giving us our first look at the functionality of the upcoming feature and, most importantly, how it preserves original tweets before any edits.
Shared online by researcher Jane Manchun WongTwitter’s edit button, still in development, clearly indicates that a tweet has been edited, as next to the time and date of the tweet there will now be a new clickable icon indicating that the tweet has been edited “Edited” or that “There is a new version of the Tweet”.
Beyond the new icon that indicates edits have been made to a tweet, it looks like Twitter’s edit button will allow users to edit all of a tweet’s content, including text and any attached media. . However, the feature is far from perfect at its current stage of development.
As Wong pointed out in subsequent tweets, the current version of Twitter’s edit button chooses to reload all attached media rather than reusing it from the original tweet, which is an inefficient use of bandwidth. Sometimes editing a tweet will even turn the video of an original tweet into a static image, which is less than ideal.
Analysis: Potentially more harm than good
With edited tweets kept in plain sight, Twitter’s in-development edit button seems less and less useful for the majority of users on the platform. First envisioned as a way to correct minor errors in tweets, such as spelling or grammatical errors, without having to delete and rewrite a tweet, Twitter’s new edit button has now become a tool to keep people honest and accurate.
While editing past tweets in the wake of new information will no doubt be an important tool in Twitter’s future, especially once self-proclaimed free speech king Elon Musk takes control of company, the feature currently appears to be plagued and primed. for exploitation by those potentially looking to capitalize on a popular tweet.
Fortunately, prominent tags to indicate whether or not a tweet has been edited should help keep people honest when using the feature, however, it remains to be seen how many users will click on previous versions of tweets once. the officially rolled out feature.