Twitter will bid goodbye to Fleets starting August 3

Twitter Fleets will be removed from the site soon.

Starting August 3, the feature, which some users compare to “Instagram Story,” will be unavailable.

This decision was made because Twitter noticed that since the launch of Fleets last year, there had been no rise in new users entering conversations.

“We created Fleets to provide people a low-pressure, transitory opportunity to share their fleeting thoughts. We hoped Fleets would make it easier for more people to join the Twitter conversation,” the microblogging site claimed.

“However, we haven’t witnessed the boost in the number of new people entering the Fleets conversation that we had hoped for since we first introduced Fleets to everyone. Fleets will no longer be available on Twitter from August 3 as a result of this,” it stated.

Twitter promised its users that it would keep trying “larger, bolder” initiatives to promote public discourse on the site.

“We’re not taking big enough risks if we’re not altering our strategy and winding down features now and again. We’ll keep developing new methods to participate in conversations, listening to feedback, and changing course when we think there’s a better approach to serve people using Twitter,” the company added.

Users can share images, videos, responses to tweets, and messages using a fleet, which includes choices similar to other social media apps. They can also modify these with different backgrounds and text options.

Fleets can also be viewed for 24 hours on a user’s profile.

The necessity for an “edit” button was raised by the Twitterverse, including Filipino users, when it was launched in November 2020.

They stated that Twitter should offer an editing tool so that users can amend any typographical or grammatical problems in their tweets after they have been published. They also want to correct several posts that their fans misinterpreted.

Meanwhile, Twitter provided the following observations and ambitions for the platform after debuting the short-lived feature:

  • Rather than their target customers who don’t tweet regularly, fleets were primarily used by those who are already active Twitter users.

“We’ll look at more ways to fix the issues that prevent individuals from using Twitter. “And for those of you who are already Tweeting, we’re working hard to make this better for you,” it added.

  • Other than posting photographs and videos, the team will introduce new alternatives for adding to Twitter debates.

“Twitter. We’ll be testing upgrades to the Tweet composer and camera soon, which will include features from the Fleets composer, such as the full-screen camera, text formatting options, and GIF stickers,” the company said.

  • Twitter Spaces, a tool that allows users to have live audio discussions, will continue to exist. 
  • Twitter will also look into how full-screen, vertical-style advertisements might be included in fleets.
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