One of the most requested Twitter features of all time is the ability to edit tweets. It would be nice to have the flexibility to edit out typos and mistakes in tweets instead of having to reply with the correction in the thread. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had, however, confirmed once in the past that it may never happen because they don't want users to alter the tweets and opinions once they get amplified or critiqued. The uneditable nature of posts remains an integral aspect of the platform, according to him.
But instead of that, it looks Twitter may soon let you undo tweets within a set period of time after sending them out. According to Jane Manchun Wong, a user who uncovers hidden and upcoming Twitter features, the company is currently testing this feature. Here's a screenshot that shows the feature -
Undo tweet is obviously not the same as the ability to edit tweets, but it's a neat feature to have nonetheless. It will allow you to stop the tweet from going out before your followers get to see it on their timeline. This is definitely better than deleting your tweets because a lot of users tend to see it anyway if they are online refreshing their feeds or have your tweet notifications turned on.
It is also worth pointing out that this could very well be a paid feature. Yes, Twitter also seems to be testing a subscription model for veteran users who want to have these features at their disposal. Twitter doesn't have any subscription model as of now and the platform is completely free to use. That could change soon as the company explores new ways to monetize the platform.
We expect Twitter to remain free for all users, but we might end up seeing a lot of highly requested features under this paywall for interested users. We already see a lot of influencers and users with a huge following paying for this feature that lets you undo tweets.
It will be interesting to see the kind of features Twitter will reserve for paid users. These features might spill over to others without a subscription too, but this seems like a solid way to monetize the platform for now.