Twitter might keep a record of old tweets even after they’ve been edited


After what feels like forever and what seemed like an April Fool’s joke, Twitter has confirmed that they are working on an “Edit” button. Now thanks to the efforts of researcher Jane Manchun Wong, additional details about the upcoming feature have been revealed, namely how Twitter will apparently keep your old unedited tweets.

According to Wong, basically it seems that when users edit a tweet, it actually creates a new tweet instead of changing the existing one. This all happens on the backend where your old tweet will be kept and a new tweet will be created and that will be the tweet shown to the public.

You could think of it similar to how Google Docs stores revisions of work, where what you see right now is the current version, but you can also go into the revision history to see the changes that were made to the document over time. We’re not sure why Twitter could be approaching edited tweets this way, but perhaps it’s to keep a record.

That way should the situation ever arise, users cannot say that they did not edit their tweets as Twitter would have a record of their original post. It is also possible that maybe Twitter could allow users to keep their own record to see their own posts along with the edited ones. Either way, it might be something to think about.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

    Instagram will now let all users tag products in their posts

    Previous article

    How to add product tags on Instagram

    Next article

    You may also like


    Leave a reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    More in News