Twitter shares tweet instead of Screenshotting them

Twitter users see pop-ups nudging them to share the link to a tweet instead of screenshotting it. Twitter knows when you screenshot tweets to share somewhere else, and it’d prefer if you delivered it some credit instead.

Some Twitter users witness a new pop-up prompting them to share a link to tweets instead of a screenshot. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong dotted the new pop-up immediately after a user screenshots a post; the quick reads, “Share Tweet instead?”

Users see a few different renditions, like the “Copy link” and “Share Tweet” buttons. In addition, people got the “Copy link” pop-up, which seizes a link to the screenshotted tweet.

Twitter didn’t instantly respond to a request for more information on the pop-up, but it’s likely a minor update the firm is testing to bring people to use Twitter more. Screenshots of tweets end up reposted on the platform. Still, they also extended to all corners of the internet that aren’t Twitter, like Instagram stories and posts, TikTok videos, group chats, and other private messages.

Images of tweets doing numbers off of Twitter are engagement the platform is losing out on. And visiting Twitter after noticing a screenshotted tweet elsewhere involves more steps than simply clicking a direct link.

The prompt to share a tweet instead of a screenshot is just one way Twitter has been trying to increase users. In August, the company announced a test that allows potential new users to test out Twitter without creating an account. In September, Wong also noted that Twitter was experimenting with prompt reminding users that they can share tweets with anyone, including individuals without accounts.

Twitter is trying to engage developers on the edit button, which is encouraging. “We understand how critical it will be for you to have visibility into edited Tweets,” its Twitter Dev account tweeted on Thursday, “and we’re ready to offer read-support for edited Tweet metadata via the Twitter APIs.” It is good news for developers and researchers interested in how the edit button is used. But Twitter also continues to say this is just a test, and chasing every Twitter test is a dangerous use of any developer’s time.

It seems likely that Twitter will follow through and eventually ship the edit button widely. As the company likes to remind us, it’s been the most-requested feature among Twitter users for years, and indeed most of those requestors don’t want the part for chaos-inducing or bitcoin-scamming reasons. So it will change Twitter because it changes the tweet. And it will change things far outside the Twitter app, whether the company is ready or not.

As millions of Twitter user demand an Edit button to correct spelling errors in their tweets, Twitter has started testing an undo tweet feature which could first be rolled out to paid customers via a subscription service.

Twitter confirmed that it is testing the ‘undo tweet’ feature. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong first discovered a subscription screen tied to the feature. “Twitter is working on app subscription for paid features like ‘Undo Tweet,” she said in a tweet along with a screenshot on Friday.

The feature is different from deleting a tweet which its available to all users at the moment, as undoing a tweet will eventually stop it from being sent. Gmail offers a similar option for emails, where it provides a short window to stop messages from being sent after clicking the “Send” button.