Twitter is not for the faint of heart. Those waters can be mighty choppy, no matter how you choose to engage. If you go looking for trouble, you’re sure to find it. But even the most innocent of posts can make you a laughing stock, a target of outage or even the dreaded Main Character. It takes nerves of steel to risk it. And now, Twitter is getting ready to provide a safety net …if that’s something you feel like you need.
Yes, the edit button is on its way. Or, at least, a certain type of edit button. It’ll only be available for paying subscribers (Twitter Blue is $4.99 a month) and even then, its functionality will be limited. You’ll only be able to edit a tweet for the first 30 minutes after you post it, and edited tweets will be designated as such. Users will be able to click through and see previous versions of the tweet too, so your original post will always live on in perpetuity, but you’ll have a half hour to dust it off a little.
That means the edit button is probably most useful for stuff like stray commas and other typos, but there have been debates around the value of an edit button. As recently as last month, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he doubted the company would ever implement one. A major concern is that users will go viral and then change the content of the tweet. You retweet a post that seems perfectly benign, but then the original poster edits the tweet to something offensive, and you don’t realize until your boss calls you into the office.
Twitter is clearly hoping that the parameters of its edit feature will reduce the likelihood of such shenanigans, but that is still a possibility. Twitter is rolling the feature out in the coming weeks, at least to premium users and maybe everyone else too, eventually, if all goes well. Stay tuned.