After years of users requesting, and sometimes demanding, the ability to edit their posts, Twitter has finally launched an edit button. Twitter Blue sent out a test tweet saying “this is a test to make sure the edit button works, we’ll let you know how it goes.”

Twitter has started testing this feature with select Twitter Blue users around the world. It also showed what the edited tweet would look like. Below the first edited tweet is a pencil icon that shows the timestamp when the tweet was last edited. Most importantly, when you click on the “last edited” shortcut, you are shown a version history where you can see the original tweet.

This feature will be rolled out to premium Twitter users as part of the Twitter Blue program. Twitter Blue subscribers are those who pay for the services of the microblogging platform. These mainly include businesses, influencers and other avid users who rely on Twitter for their business and income.

While this development has excited the users of the platform, people are hoping that after some time this feature will reach the non-paying users of the platform as well. There is wild speculation that this feature will be rolled out to non-Twitter Blue users in a few months or years. However, given how slow Twitter has been with new feature sets, some people fear that the ability to edit tweets will be limited to Twitter Blue users.

Twitter Blue is available in countries like the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia for a monthly fee of $4.99 or approximately Rs 400.

The way the edit option works is that users will have 30 minutes to edit a tweet after it is first published. During these 30 minutes, the user will be able to edit the tweet as many times as they like. An edited tweet will give users the ability to see the edit history, meaning what all the changes were made and when.

Twitter's edit button is finally here: the blue handle of the Twitter platform sends the first edited tweet

The reason Twitter provides a 30-minute window instead of allowing users to edit their tweets whenever they want is to make sure the context of the tweet doesn’t change regularly.