/  08.03.2021

And just like that, one Twitter feature is on the way out.

On Tuesday (Aug. 3), Twitter officially discontinued their fleets, which was a feature that gave users the option to post images, videos or screenshots of their tweets to an Instagram story-esque space above their timeline. With the feature officially removed, Twitter users reflected on the the soon-to-be-lost and possibly under-appreciated feature.

“Goodbye to fleets then,” wrote one Twitter user. “Guess I’ll just post my goodnight posts as normal tweets from now on then lol.”

While some fans either ironically or un-ironically paid their respects to the fallen feature, a ton are pretty indifferent, and they show as much in tweets about the matter.

One Twitter user wrote: “Now that fleets are gone can we get sports scores back on the top of the timeline??”

When it was announced that fleets would be leaving Twitter, most people weren’t too surprised, as the feature never became that popular on the site, which also recently experimented with a dislike button. In a blog post they released in the middle of last month, a rep for the brand explained the decision to make fleets a thing of the past.

“We built fleets as a lower-pressure, ephemeral way for people to share their fleeting thoughts,” reads one part of the post. “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. Because of this, on Aug. 3, fleets will no longer be available on Twitter.”

Now that fleets are no longer a thing, check out Twitter users’ reactions to their removal for yourself just below.


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