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Twitter shuts down its Fleets platform: Here's why

Twitter is shutting down its Instagram Stories-like 'Fleets' feature from August 3. 

India TV Tech Desk India TV Tech Desk
New Delhi Published on: August 03, 2021 14:00 IST
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Twitter shuts down its Fleets platform.

Twitter is all set to shut down its Instagram Stories-like 'Fleets' feature from August 3. Fleets are disappearing tweets that sit in a row at the top of users' Twitter handles on smartphones. These ephemeral tweets expire after 24 hours.

"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," Ilya Brown, Twitter's vice president of product, said in a statement in July.

"We hoped Fleets would help more people feel comfortable joining the conversation on Twitter," Brown added.

From August 3, the Twitter users would only see active Spaces which are live audio chat rooms at the top of their timelines.

During the time that Fleets was available full-fledged, the micro-blogging site had added multiple new features to it, including the possibility of adding GIFs, stickers, change the text colour and more.

According to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the company started Fleets not to build a storage product within Twitter, "but to solve the problem of people not wanting to tweet because they appear to be staying around too long".

(with IANS inputs)

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