What you need to know
- Many users took to Twitter Fleets to post their final photos and videos.
- Twitter users were surprised to see the feature still there well into August 3rd.
- The feature has since been removed from the app, leaving the top bar for Spaces.
Twitter users flocked to Fleets last night to post their final good-bye photos and videos, but it looks like it may have been a bit premature because the feature was still there well into the morning of August 3rd.
Last month, Twitter announced that its fleeting Fleets experiment failed to find its footing, so the feature was being retired. The company admitted that it wanted Fleets to inspire more users to join the conversation and tweet more, but the feature was mainly used by those already actively tweeting. So Fleets was given an expiration date so the company could try other things.
Twitter said that it would retire its Snapchat clone on August 3rd — today — so last night, users took to Twitter to post their final Fleets, filled with the thirstiest of traps and fueled by the expectation that the feature would disappear come morning. They were wrong. So wrong. And earlier, everyone took to Twitter to express their confusion and amusement at Fleets' perceived persistence.
everyone thats realizing their fleets are still up
pic.twitter.com/BwsbmSso3ceveryone thats realizing their fleets are still up
pic.twitter.com/BwsbmSso3c— char (@sukunaaki) August 3, 2021August 3, 2021
Y'all were and still are doing the most in these fleets pic.twitter.com/ORrkcXX915Y'all were and still are doing the most in these fleets pic.twitter.com/ORrkcXX915— DUR& Bernarr (@durandbernarr) August 3, 2021August 3, 2021
twitter: fleets will be gone on august 3
fleets on august 3: pic.twitter.com/MLcyWZmLgmtwitter: fleets will be gone on august 3
fleets on august 3: pic.twitter.com/MLcyWZmLgm— alex (@alex_abads) August 3, 2021August 3, 2021
Twitter engineers looking at the most Fleet traffic they've seen in months pic.twitter.com/RZBeceHM7ZTwitter engineers looking at the most Fleet traffic they've seen in months pic.twitter.com/RZBeceHM7Z— Tessaract Thompson (@TatianaKing) August 3, 2021August 3, 2021
Twitter support posted a tweet stating that Fleets should be gone from iOS and the best Android phones and that the bar above the timeline should now be home to Twitter Spaces. It remained for some time for many users until it finally disappeared from the app sans an update.
👋 Fleets, it's been real.
Now the bar above your Home timeline will appear only when there's a live Space from someone you follow. https://t.co/FxjRPz1Cl6👋 Fleets, it's been real.
Now the bar above your Home timeline will appear only when there's a live Space from someone you follow. https://t.co/FxjRPz1Cl6— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) August 3, 2021August 3, 2021
Are you going to miss Fleets? As they often say, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone!
Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
I never wanted anything to do with Fleets. Never tried it or looked at it. All it did was take up valuable screen real estate. It couldn't get killed fast enough. Good riddance.
Never even heard of it.
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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