Twitter announced that they would finally be adding an edit button for those who may have typed something a little fast and accidentally tweeted without reading what they wrote.
The catch is…the feature comes at an additional cost.
The new edit function for tweeting has been tested internally within the company and now will be available soon for users who decide to pay for “Twitter Blue,” which is the company’s new subscription service.
According to Wired, users who pay the $5 a month subscription fee will be able to edit their tweets. However, all Twitter users will be able to see if an account has edited their tweets and that they have changed them in their post-publication.
When users are finding an edited tweet, it will have a label, icon and a timestamp that shows when the tweet was modified from the original version. Users will also be able to tap the label of the tweet and see the edit history and past versions of the original tweet.
This new news is a complete change for Twitter as around 15 months prior they were telling users “you don’t need an edit button, you just need to forgive yourself.”
Twitter’s trial period of the new feature will tightly control how exactly users will edit their tweets.
Those who decide to subscribe to Twitter Blue and gain the new function will have a total of 30 minutes to fix their tweets.
“Think of it as a short period of time to do things like fix typos, add missed tags, and more,” the company said in a blog post about the new function.
One question that new users of the function are wondering is if 30 minutes is too giving to correct errors within the post.
An employee of Twitter who has knowledge of the new function mentioned that tweets can go viral in half that time to Wired.
“If it spotted the unedited tweet within that time, would likely place it behind a notice saying it was disinformation but that doing so may limit the ability for someone to subsequently edit the post,” the employee added.
The company decided to start off the new function to a small group (those who subscribe to Twitter Blue) to see the response from the public. If the response is positive, there might be a chance that everyone could have access to the new function.
Additionally, if the new subscription service becomes successful and there is a high enough demand for it, Twitter might also be able to generate more revenue. The subscription service also features ad-free articles, custom app icons, themes, bookmark folders and even more.
Nikki Indelicato is a Contributing Reporter at The National Digest based in New York. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.