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What happens to a Tweet when it is edited?

Tweets can be edited now But it’s not quite clear what that even means.

It’s been nearly 16 years since Twitter users started asking for an edit button, and seven years since Twitter’s at-the-time CEO told Kim Kardashian An edit button is a “great idea.” While it looked impossible, Twitter was finally able to grant this simple request. Except it’s not a simple request at all. 

Skeptics who oppose the Edit button have been vocal in their criticisms of this concept for years. Apart from the hard-line view that tweets are final and that’s what’s actually good about them, there were practical concerns. These concerns can be expressed best as “what-ifs”: What happens if someone powerful edits an offensive Tweet and unjustly alters the record? How would it be if someone liked the original tweet and then changed their mind about the edited one? How do replies and tweets with quotes change if the thrust of the tweet is different? 

These are my answers. Please note that I tested the Twitter desktop app.

What can I do to edit my tweets? 

At the moment, only subscribers can modify tweets. Twitter BlueThis service costs $5 per monthly. If you subscribe and click the hamburger button on the top-right corner of one of your tweets on your desktop, the fabled “Edit Tweet” button will automatically materialize in the dropdown menu, But only if it is done within 30 minutes after posting the tweet. Your typos will be locked forever after 30 minutes.

Twitter Blue elites will find the hamburger menu dropdown
Credit to Mike Pearl/Mashable

When you first use this feature, the helpful notice will tell you that Twitter Blue users are not yet able to access the edit button. You might also be giving information by editing tweets. It would be a warning sign that I should be careful about allowing other people to view my location.

A pop-up from Twitter warning the user that the edit feature "could reveal which country you're in."

Credit to Mike Pearl/Mashable

What’s the point of editing my tweet when I pay for it?

Some tweets are not editable, even within the time limit of 30 minutes.

First, there are only five editing options. You’ll be warned if you don’t manage to make a tweet look the way you want.

A warning from Twitter, saying the user is on their last edit.

You seem exhausted.
Credit to Mike Pearl/Mashable

The edit button will then disappear from the tweet.

Also, you can’t modify the replies of others to their tweets.

My tests show that the edit button disappears on tweets if you reply to a tweet yourself and create a thread. This is the: Original The tweets at the top and the replies will not be editable.

Can I keep my tweets likes?


There will also be a public version history for the tweet, with timestamps. It records which version of each tweet was liked.

A version history of a tweet showing that the latest version actually received no likes.

Amazing content attracts huge engagements
Credit: Mike Pearl / Mashable

If you, for example, like a tweet that says “Like This Tweet if You Love Eating Nachos”, and they then edit it so that it reads “Like This Tweet if You Like Eating Garbage,” the public record will show what you actually meant to express affection with them.

Version history will be also shown which version of a tweet a user replied to.

Is it possible for someone to retweet or quote tweet something and the text be edited to alter its original meaning?

It Do it ethically To test this, I tweeted a request to quote other users, along with the warning that, if they quoted it on Twitter, it would be changed to “Quote Tweet This if You Love Eating Garbage.” A follower quickly quoted me and then I changed the tweet to reflect my promise. I retained the original text of my tweet, but it was now in gray, instead of black. Twitter added a note to indicate that there was another version.

By clicking anywhere on the quoted tweet, any user can see an edited version. But it is not possible for the new version to appear to have been endorsed or endorsed by the person who quoted the tweet.

The problem is that although the edited version can be more appealing than the original, users are not allowed to make changes.

It happens the same way if someone tweets. With the same note notifying readers that there is a new version, the old version remains retweeted.

Users can choose to retweet an edited version of the tweet if they so desire. Both versions will be included in the timeline. In my tests, the RT count per tweet remained at 1 when a user made this.

What happens if an account sends me push notifications and the account changes a tweet I have sent?

To my knowledge, there are no followers who would be interested in receiving push notifications for tweets. according to Hank GreenA much larger account than mine receives a new notification after every edit.

Do you have the ability to share an archived version of a tweet that has been edited?

Yes. Tweets that have multiple versions of the same version history also have unique URLs. In other words, the original gray version is not removed from the permanent records. Gray tweets do not allow for replies, retweets or likes. However, the share button works.

A gray tweet with its share button still in working order.

This important document can be shared with others.
Credit: Mike Pearl / Mashable

It was only a preliminary test. This may have revealed that the feature is susceptible to being pranked or causing actual harm. We have not yet found these holes, though.

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