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; 

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.

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