There are two vital issues to know in regards to the “Undo” characteristic that Twitter is at the moment testing.
The primary is that it is actual, as Mashable confirmed in early March when app researcher Jane Manchum Wong first noticed the characteristic. The second factor, and the more moderen growth (once more compliments of Wong), is that Twitter could also be eyeing the characteristic as a perk for its rumored paid subscription tier.
The one factor Twitter’s confirmed to date is the existence of a take a look at for the Undo characteristic. However as you’ll be able to see in Wong’s display seize above (h/t CNET), there’s on the very least one thing within the underlying Twitter code that ties Undo on to a subscription.
However this is the factor: Who cares? Check out Wong’s earlier tweet, positioned just under the screenshot above. Hit play on the GIF in her March 5 tweet and you will see how Undo really works. It is so much like Gmail’s undo characteristic, the place your e-mail is principally simply positioned on maintain for a number of seconds earlier than it really sends. This offers the sender a short window to click on the undo hyperlink and never ship the e-mail that hadn’t really been despatched but.
Granted, there are many individuals who will hit “ship” on one thing — whether or not it is an e-mail, tweet, or one thing else — after which remorse it. However let’s be sincere with ourselves about what an Undo characteristic like this actually is: The equal of a service placing up an “Are you certain?” immediate if you hit ship.
It does not really do something apart from hit you with a mild actuality test, a reminder to step again and assume earlier than you act. It is functionally no totally different from the prompts that popped up across the 2020 election encouraging Twitter users to learn an article earlier than sharing it.
So the query now turns into: Is an “Are you certain?” immediate from Twitter actually one thing value paying for? A paid subscription tier for Twitter would possible supply a spread of different advantages as properly, but it surely’s exhausting to think about what concrete benefits they may supply when the one instance we have now to date seems to contain Twitter sticking a textual content immediate behind a paywall and calling it a perk.