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Technology Other News 05 Mar 2020 Twitter’s new ...

Twitter’s new ‘fleets’ gets the side-eye as users demand edit option instead

Published Mar 5, 2020, 5:26 pm IST
Updated Mar 5, 2020, 6:40 pm IST
The micro-blogging platform, in Brazil, is introducing the feature to post fleeting tweets that disappear in 24 hours, like stories on Insta
Twitter users have been demanding the option to edit tweets, especially since many are posted with autocorrect errors (Photo | Flickr - Raffi Asdourian)
 Twitter users have been demanding the option to edit tweets, especially since many are posted with autocorrect errors (Photo | Flickr - Raffi Asdourian)

Chennai: Twitter announced that it was introducing a new feature in Brazil that would allow users to post ephemeral tweets that disappear in 24 hours. The popular ‘stories’ feature of Instagram is what Twitter was going for with ‘Fleets’ but twitterati are none too impressed.

To compose a fleet, users must tap the + icon and upload text, photos, videos and GIFs. Anybody can see a user’s fleets but one can only respond via DM and not by liking, retweeting or sharing.


Speaking about the rationale behind introducing Fleets, Twitter's Product Lead Kavyon Beykpour was quoted as saying by yourstory.com, “People often tell us that they don’t feel comfortable tweeting because Tweets can be seen and replied to by anybody, feel permanent and performative (keeping in mind the number of likes and retweets one would get)."

“We’re hoping that fleets can help people share the fleeting thoughts they would have been unlikely to tweet,” Twitter said, introducing the feature in Brazil.

But on a platform where users engage more politically than on other social media, where tweets are fact-checked by other users quote-tweeting original tweets, or major reactionary trends are set off based on a particular tweet, the short life of fleets is seen as problematic. #RIPTwitter began trending globally after Twitter’s announcement introducing Fleets, with many users pointing out the uselessness of the feature—particularly when Twitter has not acceded to numerous demands for an option to edit tweets.

Here are some reactions.

TBH most of the stories see on Facebook and Instagram are memes from twitter...

I clearly don’t get what twitter wants us to post on their story 🤔 #RIPTwitter pic.twitter.com/xeiz2Blkhm

Twitter is for facts and opinions and engagements. We don’t need anymore ass 🍑 on the TL #RIPTwitter pic.twitter.com/IDFNKBJRb6

Everyone: oh twitter please add an edit button
Twitter: how about add stories #RIPTwitter pic.twitter.com/os5GnUkDNl


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