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This is what Twitter’s edit feature might look like

Much has been said about Twitter having an edit button, and it seems to be coming to life finally. A researcher has gotten her hands on what the implementation looks like, and she has shared it with us.

Jane Manchun-Wong, who peruses companies’ code for new features, has teased out what Twitter’s edit feature will look like and how it will work. The most significant news is that you might get 30 minutes to apply any edit after sending a tweet. However, the edit window may change before the feature rolls out.

Editing your tweet is simple. After tapping on the edit button while it is still available, you will land on a page where you can fix your typos or compose a tweet from scratch. What happens after you successfully send the edited tweet is the intriguing part.

Your readers can tell you have edited your tweet because a little “Edited” button will indicate it. They can see the edit history by clicking on the button, letting them see the original tweet or all the tweets in the history.

The underlying thread is that Twitter seems to be keeping each tweet with a unique ID, whether the tweet resulted from an edit or not. Also, no tweet actually gets deleted.

However, Wong has not figured out what happens to an embedded tweet after it gets edited. Embedded tweets show up on other websites, allowing you to view the tweet without going to Twitter’s website.

But it seems Twitter will add a note that an embedded tweet has been edited if you are viewing an older version on another website. Clicking the edit notification should take you to the latest version.

Summing up her findings, Wong told a The Verge writer (using former President Donald Trump’s famous covfefe tweet):

“trump originally tweets “covefe”, the tweets get ID #1, people embed the ID #1

then trump creates a new edit “coffee”, the new edit (technically a new tweet) gets ID #2, while the original tweet (#1) becomes the first version of the Tweet

and then in the embedded tweet which still points to #1, now shows “there’s a new version of this Tweet” indicator.”

However, it is important that Wong’s findings have not been officially confirmed, and things might change between now and when the feature is released. When that will be is not known yet as Twitter may be coming under new management under Elon Musk’s ownership.

Written by HackerVibes

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