Twitter will kill Fleets in August, says “you’re welcome”
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(Pocket-lint) – Well, it was fleeting …
Twitter has announced the shutdown of Fleets, the ephemeral tweet feature it rolled out last year in an attempt to copy the popular Stories format available in competing apps like Instagram and Snapchat. As of August 3, 2021, Twitter users will only see active spaces (Twitter’s live audio chat rooms) at the top of their timeline, rather than fleets as well.
In a discussion thread Twitter revealed that he had “high hopes” for Fleets, but decided to focus on other ideas. However, he said he had learned a lot from the experience and plans to create new and better ways for users to start conversations on the platform. “We are evolving this Twitter quest and trying bigger and bolder things to serve the public conversation,” Twitter explained in a blog post.
We had high hopes for Fleets, but now is the time to say goodbye and take flight with more ideas. From August 3, the fleets will no longer be available.
Learn more about what we learned and what’s to come (1/4)
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) July 14, 2021
As part of Twitter’s evolution, the standard tweet composer will be updated with Fleets functionality, including camera editing features such as text formatting and GIF stickers on photos.
we are removing the fleets on August 3, we are working on new things
we are sorry or you are welcome
– Twitter (@Twitter) July 14, 2021
Obviously Stories encourage sharing – perhaps even more casual and personal – so it makes sense that Twitter wants to give its users the ability to express themselves intimately, just like they can in their other favorite apps. It is not known if the users actually used the fleets. When Clubhouse emerged earlier this year and social audio sharing became the last medium for sharing, Twitter seemed to ditch the fleets and put all of its attention into it by creating spaces. However, like fleets, it’s unclear how popular spaces are with users.
To learn more about spaces and fleets, see our in-depth guides:
Written by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on .