News 14 July 2021
Author: Courtney W

Twitter Is Shutting Down Its ‘Fleets’ Feature After Less Than A Year

14 July 2021

Twitter has announced it is scrapping it’s stories feature, Fleets, less than a year after it was officially launched.

The social media app announced the news this evening, writing: “We’re removing Fleets on August 3, working on some new stuff we’re sorry or you’re welcome.”

The Fleets feature launched widely back in November and allowed users to publish posts that disappear after 24 hours. The launch of the feature was quickly met by unhappy users who just want Twitter to introduce an edit button.

Twitter rolled out the feature hoping it would inspire people to tweet more but the company has admitted that hasn’t been the case, hence its retirement.

“We hoped Fleets would help more people feel comfortable joining the conversation on Twitter,” Ilya Brown, Twitter’s vice president of product, said in a statement. “But, in the time since we introduced Fleets to everyone, we haven’t seen an increase in the number of new people joining the conversation with Fleets like we hoped.”

From August 3, users will instead just see active Spaces — Twitter’s live audio chat rooms — at the top of their timelines. 

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