Twitter is reportedly working on an ‘Undo Send’ feature, enabling users to redact their tweets momentarily after hitting the publish button. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong has given us the first look at what the interface may look like upon release.
Twitter users have been clamouring for an edit button for ages. While Twitter may not necessarily be developing a way for users to edit their tweets once published, the newly discovered ‘Undo Send’ feature may have to suffice as a way to retrieve a recently sent tweet after catching a grammatical or spelling error. As reported by The Verge, Wong revealed what the interface of the new feature may look like from a user’s perspective.
Similar to Gmail’s option to cancel a send email, Twitter’s ‘Undo Send’ feature enables a user to halt a tweet from being published for a brief moment in time. The interface shown by Wong appears to double as a progress bar. Once a tweet is published, the user will see a meter showing how long they have to retrieve the tweet before it is viewable by other users.
Twitter is working on “Undo Send” timer for tweets pic.twitter.com/nS0kuijPK0
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) March 5, 2021
There’s currently no indication of when this feature may be widely accessible by the public. Wong’s research within apps has lead her to discover unreleased and unannounced features hidden within the code.
It’s also possible that Twitter may intend to offer the ‘Undo Send’ button as a premium feature exclusive under paid subscriptions. Earlier last year, it was reported that CEO Jack Dorsey was floating the idea of paid subscriptions as a way to offset the company’s dependence on advertisements. More recently, Twitter announced ‘Super Follows’, a way for users to offer paid subscription plans and exclusive content. It may be that the ‘Undo Send’ feature may be a perk for premium members on the platform.