Twitter’s Future Edit Function: If you use Twitter’s planned “edit” button to make changes to a tweet, Jane Manchun Wong says, that could leave a digital trail of your tweet’s history behind. A tweet from Manchun Wong says that Twitter’s “edit” feature appears to be “immutable,” which means that when you edit a tweet, you can make a whole new tweet while saving the old version of the tweet.
According to Manchun Wong, “It looks like Twitter’s approach to editing a tweet is immutable.” This means that, instead of changing the text of the original tweet (which has the same ID), it creates a new tweet with the new text and a list of all the old tweets that were there before the edit.
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 of that edit
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 16, 2022
Twitter’s Future Edit Function
Users may or may not be able to see the history of a tweet’s changes, says Manchun Wong. There are some concerns about how this could be used, and if Twitter decides to make tweet history public, it could be a way to address these concerns.
As a bonus, an app researcher named Alessandro Paluzzi has shared what looks like screenshots of the new functionality, which we’ll be able to see for ourselves when it goes live. “Edit Tweet” is shown in a three-dot menu on the right side of your tweets by Paluzzi.
A screen that looks very much like the normal tweet composer will show up. The only difference is that it already has your tweet’s text ready and says “Update” instead of “Tweet” in the bottom right corner. In Paluzzi’s screenshots, however, you can’t see the history of a tweet’s changes.
A tweet history tracker hasn’t been officially confirmed by Twitter, so we don’t know for sure whether or not it exists. An official for Twitter says, “Nothing else to say at this time.” Anna Hubatsch says the tweets from @TwitterComms and from @JaySullivan, VP of Consumer Product are all that Twitter has to say at the moment.
On April Fool’s Day this year, Twitter seemed to make fun of the fact that it was working on a way to make changes to your tweets. Following his purchase of 9.2% of the company, Tesla CEO Elon Musk asked his followers if there should be a “edit” button. This made him Twitter’s most important individual stakeholder. He’s been on and off the board of Twitter since then, and he has even tried to buy the company outright. Twitter shareholders are now using the poison pill strategy to stop Musk from taking over the company.