The Meta-owned Threads app is about to get an edit button. According to developer Alessandro Paluzzi, the platform spotted testing an edit button that allows users to edit their posts within five minutes after posting.
Meta strives to turn Threads into a worthy rival for X (formerly Twitter). After a warm welcome, the platform now struggles to keep its users engaged. Threads had only 10.3 million daily active Android users in early August, which is a significant downgrade from 49.3 million daily active users in July.
Mark Zuckerberg already confirmed Threads will get some new useful features, including an ability to add custom alt text to photos and videos, a mention button, and a web version. Swapping through Threads profiles on mobile by long-pressing the profile tab is another feature that will soon come to Threads.
An edit option is coming to Threads
The Threads edit button is still in the works, and its release date is unknown. Meta also didn’t respond to requests for comment. However, it shouldn’t take too long before you’ll be able to edit your posts on the app. Back in July, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri promised an edit button for Threads, arguing that it was on the list of potential features for the platform.
The only catch with the feature is you’ll have five minutes to edit your posts. After five minutes, the button disappears, and you can no longer make any changes to your post. So before posting something, check it for potential errors and misspellings. While a five-minute time frame might soon be too short, X offers a 30-minute window for tweet edits.
An edit button on Threads will be free, and you don’t need to pay a monthly fee to access extra perks. In comparison, the X (Twitter) edit button is only available to Blue subscribers who spend at least $8 monthly.
While a free edit option could be an advantage for Threads, the platform is suffering from a lack of authenticity. Users don’t consider Threads a replacement for X. It also represents itself as a clone of X and not a new social platform. Without having a clear roadmap, Threads may suffer Clubhouse’s fate.