Although Twitter has not officially released its long awaited tweet editing feature, one unresolved question remains: how will they look when embedded on other sites? Will they dynamically change when edited on Twitter, or will they stay the same as they were when they were created? OR will Twitter introduce something radical alongside or instead of any of these options? Considering how often tweets are embedded in other places, the answer to this question takes on an almost philosophical dimension.
Well, now we have an idea of what edited tweets might look like when a site embeds them, thanks to app explorer. Jane Manchun Wong.
According to screenshots she posted this week, embedded tweets will have markers indicating whether the author has edited the tweet after the site posted it, keeping the original text intact.
Wong presented several scenarios for how embeds and the tweet editing feature would work with each other. The first scenario shows a site embedding an already edited tweet with a timestamp of the last edit. The second scenario shows a tweet that was edited after the site embed it; the original version will display a “There is a new version of the tweet” label below the edited tweet, with a link to redirect readers to the latest version on Twitter itself.
Embeds are important because they allow users to interact with Twitter even if they are not registered with the site. In addition, many news reports are based on tweets, and if the content presented in a tweet changes, the whole story can be affected. Twitter has fought formatting embedded tweets that have been deleted after they are posted on the site. Earlier this year, it started showing an empty embed tweet box instead of a quote when the embed tweet was deleted. The company said the change was due to the author’s desire to delete the tweet, and it is working to display a better message instead of a blank field for deleted tweets.
This would be useful for news sites, giving them a trail and record of what the account or person originally said, even if the tweet was later edited.
Regardless of what embedded tweets might look like, in another tweet-editing find, reverse engineer Nima Ouji found that Twitter appears to be working on limited editing features. In particular, you can only edit a tweet for 30 minutes after it was posted.
Earlier this year, Twitter confirmed that he worked on the edit button test it with Twitter Blue premium subscribers. But we haven’t heard of an official release date yet. The company has increased the price of his paid plans last weekand many users have said the price is too high for what Twitter has to offer, but if the much-requested and contested edit button is included in the premium service it could change their minds.
We’ve asked Twitter for a comment and will update the story if we get a response.
While we wait for Twitter to release the edit button feature, discoveries made by code researchers have given us some insight into how the feature might work. In April, reverse engineers love Ougi and Alessandro Paluzzi tweeted about what the edit button on a tweet might look like.
Wong also highlighted Twitter’s approach at the time, noting that the company would not edit the original text of the tweet, instead it would create a new ID for the edited tweet and link it to the original tweet.
In May, she made a note about the “There is a new version of this tweet” label, which will likely appear next to the edited tweet once the feature goes live.
Critically, all of these discoveries mark that Twitter is still working on an interface that will show users different versions of an edited tweet. This means that we don’t know what it might look like in the final version.
Twitter is going to sue Elon Musk because of the tycoon acquisition scandal in October. The poll Musk created to get people’s opinions on the edit button was one of his more famous twitter trolls (he misspelled both yes and no, ho ho ho!) when he was still on his acquisitions honeymoon.
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