After years of promising, Twitter is now testing the Edit Tweet feature, described as “the most requested Twitter feature for many years” by Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s VP of consumer product. This will be the biggest change to core Twitter functionality since the service doubled its iconic 140-character limit almost five years ago. The feature is currently undergoing “internal testing,” was announced Thursday.“Tweets will be able to be edited a few times in the 30 minutes following their publication,” according to a Twitter blog post. “Edited Tweets will appear with an icon, timestamp, and label so it’s clear to readers that the original Tweet has been modified,” it was also specified. Editable tweets will be availble with a small users group initially, localized to a single country at first.
Once the initial internal testing is complete the feature will expand to some Twitter Blue subscribers later this month. Twitter is only talking about editable tweets for its Blue subscription, which recently raised its price in the US to $4.99 per month from $2.99, in Australia, Canada, and the U.S. However, everyone will still be able to see if a Tweet has been edited. As users get access to the feature, Twitter says it will seek their feedback and refine it further.