Edit Button and multimedia posts roll out, will Twitter lose its magic?

Social networking platform, Twitter has begun the roll-out of its latest update – the edit button; an addition they had promised users in the first quarter of this year, April 2022. As of Monday, 3 October 2022, some users have noticed the change as altered tweets from verified accounts are being labeled.

“test went well, Edit Tweet is now rolling out to Twitter Blue members in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand!”  Twitter noted on their official page.

The announcement has been met with mixed reactions from users (Tweeps); the optimists are rejoicing their prayer has finally been heard while the pessimists are proclaiming the end of Twitter.

“Not having an edit button is what makes Twitter special and tweets reliable” @DearyHybee

“Deleting / reposting a tweet to fix a mistype is not something to be proud of either.” @Vytautijus

Since its inception, Twitter has stood out for not having the option to allow users correct errors, however minor. Users have been forced to adapt to this feature; either by deleting erred tweets or being extra keen not to make mistakes before tweeting.

Multimedia

The other Tweet update is the provision to attach a mix of video, photo, and a GIFs all on one tweet. Initially, a tweet went with only one format of the attached content.

“whoa, it works! now everyone can mix GIFs, videos, and images in one Tweet, available on iOS and Android” – Twitter said.

The fast pace of evolution in technology has kept Silicon Valley tech giants on their toes, with users expecting exciting changes every now and then, lest they switch their attention to the next site. Avid Twitter users know about some amendments that flopped, like fleets and voice notes, and some that worked and stayed; Twitter Spaces.

The ‘Edit Button’ has come hot on the heels of reports claiming that Elon Musk has purchased the Social Network. However, these reports have not be corroborated by Twitter. Earlier this year, controversial tech billionaire Elon Musk reignited this conversation when he wanted to fully own the company. The deal came to a halt after disagreements and even ended up in court.

One interesting update that has also been introduced on the interface is, short video format scrolls, similar to Tik Tok and Instagram reels. This rollout was announced on 29 September on the Twitter Blog where they explained how to activate the feature.

“Twitter’s updated immersive media viewer expands videos to full screen with a single click, allowing you to easily access the full, immersive viewing experience. To activate it, simply tap/click on a video in the Twitter app.” read the announcement.

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often ~ Winston Churchill. It’s too early to tell if the new features will be embraced by users, but only time will tell.

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