RIPTwitter Trends As Users Express Disapproval Over New Story Feature Twitter Introduced Called Fleet
Twitter users have been reacting since Twitter announced that it is testing a story feature called “Fleets”, which will automatically delete tweets after 24 hours, just like the story feature on Instagram and Facebook.
A number of people have expressed their disapporval with the hashtag “#RIPTwitter” which has been trending since Product Lead of Twitter, Kayvon Beykpour made the announcement on March 5.
Beykpour in his announcement through a thread on his official Twitter handle @kayvz said;
Every day, people come to Twitter to see what’s happening. One of the unique things about Twitter is that “what’s happening” is fueled by people sharing their thoughts openly, through Tweets. But sharing your thoughts publicly can be intimidating! 🧵— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) March 4, 2020
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 (how many Likes & Retweets will this get!?). Many of us can probably empathize with this: https://t.co/LW2xWlctZi— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) March 4, 2020
We’ve been listening to this feedback and working to create new capabilities that address some of the anxieties that hold people back from talking on Twitter. Today, in Brazil only, we’re starting a test (on Android and iOS) for one of those new capabilities. It’s called Fleets. pic.twitter.com/6MLs8irb0c— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) March 4, 2020
He added that;
Fleets are a way to share fleeting thoughts. Unlike Tweets, Fleets disappear after 24 hours and don’t get Retweets, Likes, or public replies– people can only react to your Fleets with DMs. Instead of showing up in people’s timelines, Fleets are viewed by tapping on your avatar.
know what you’re thinking: “THIS SOUNDS A LOT LIKE STORIES!”. Yes, there are many similarities with the Stories format that will feel familiar to people. There are also a few intentional differences to make the experience more focused on sharing and seeing people’s thoughts.
Beykpour further explained that;
We’re hoping that Fleets can help people share the fleeting thoughts that they would have been unlikely to Tweet. This is a substantial change to Twitter, so we’re excited to learn by testing it (starting with the rollout today in Brazil) and seeing how our customers use it.
Sadly, a lot of Twitter users have been criticizing the new feature with the hashtag #RIPTwitter since the announcement of Fleets, saying the app will lose its uniqueness as a result of the new feature.
See reactions below:
Twitter is supposed to be an intellectual app, not some vain promoting media like instagram. Na English we come speak for here Uncle Jack #RIPTwitter— Gov Udom’s hypeman (@romeocza) March 5, 2020
Twitter users: We need an edit button.— Obi Of Onitsha🇨🇦 (@cliqik) March 5, 2020
Shot shooters: We need to be able to delete weak/wrong messages in the DM
Samsung users: We need “Twitter for Samsung”🤣
TWITTER: Ayyyyyy!!! We’re proud to announce story features!🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️#RIPTwitter
We want these features in Twitter .— 💫غزل ریحان💫 (@GhazalRehan1) March 5, 2020
-Edit button on Twitter .
-If we delete a tweet it takes hours to disappear .
-If we deactivate our account it also takes hours to disappear .#RIPTwitter
Twitter should just add filters and bitmoji. Then we can know they mean business 😡😡 #RIPTwitter— Dr PamPam | Omo Iya Ologi (@UnclePamilerin) March 5, 2020