Twitter is killing Fleets, feature to disappear from August 3

Twitter on Wednesday July 14 announced it will discontinue its Fleets feature on August 3 over lack of an encouraging response from users.

Ilya Brown, head of product, brand and video ads at Twitter said in a blog post that the company built Fleets as a ‘lower-pressure’, ‘ephemeral’ way for people to share their fleeting thoughts.

The announcement means the company will shut down the feature it rolled out last year to compete with the stories features available in Snapchat and Instagram. The decision comes after the company announced in June it was beginning to test ads inside Fleets, a move that would have helped it monetize the posts.

It read; 

“We hoped Fleets would help more people feel comfortable joining the conversation on Twitter.

“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.

“Fleets are mostly used by people who are already Tweeting to amplify their own Tweets and talk directly with others,” the company said. “We’ll explore more ways to address what holds people back from participating on Twitter.”

Twitter introduced Fleets in November 2020. The feature lets Twitter users post full-screen photos, videos, reactions to tweets or plain text that disappears after 24 hours. Fleets came years after Snapchat and Facebook introduced similar options for their users.

The purpose of Fleets was to get more users to post content on Twitter, but rather than encouraging new users to post content, Fleets were just used by Twitter’s existing power users according to the company.