Americans can now edit tweets, but at a cost

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Twitter Blue subscribers in the United States can now edit their tweets for the first time after Twitter flicked the big switch.

The ability to edit tweets was previously only available to Twitter Blue subscribers in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Now that the feature has gone live in the United States, we can surely expect it to also open up internationally in due course as well.

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Twitter announced the move via a tweet, noting that the "Edit Tweet test is expanding and now rolling out to Twitter Blue members in the US." Each individual tweet can be edited for up to 30 minutes after it was originally sent out, with tweets that have already been edited displaying a badge so that readers can see that changes have been made.

Importantly, edited tweets will display a history of the previous versions so that the temptation to drastically change the meaning of a tweet should be minimized.

Twitter's decision to place editable tweets behind a Twitter Blue subscription is a controversial one. The subscription costs $4.99 per month and includes other features including the ability to read ad-free articles, use a new bookmarks folder, and more. Without the editable tweets it's debatable whether Twitter Blue is worth the outlay, and some might argue that it still isn't even with its recent addition.

Twitter's edit button comes after years of user requests, including those of prospective Twitter owner Elon Musk. Twitter says that it was always planning the feature, even before Musk tweeted about it — although only those inside Twitter will know the truth about that.

Musk's buyout of Twitter appears to be back on after he initially pulled out over confusion relating to the number of bots on the platform.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.