The stories on Twitter, dubbed Fleets, have their days numbered. Jack Dorsey’s company has announced that the temporary positions posted in November of last year will no longer be available on the platform as of August 3, confirming that the stories they are not for Twitter.
According to The Verge, the reason for getting rid of Fleets is not just because of the limited success it has had, but because the company failed to motivate users
we are removing the fleets on August 3, we are working on new things
we are sorry or you are welcome
– Twitter (@Twitter) July 14, 2021
As Twitter VP of Product Ilya Brown said:
We were hopeful that Fleets would help more people feel comfortable joining the conversation on Twitter. But since we introduced Fleets to the world, we haven’t seen an increase in the number of new people joining the conversation with Fleets as we expected.
Ilya states that will continue to test new features offer new forms of participation in the platform and which is open to suggestions.
We’ll continue to create new ways to engage in conversations, listen to comments, and change direction when there’s a better way to serve people who use Twitter.
The announcement of the closure of the fleets coincides with the global launch of Shorts, Google’s alternative to TikTok. Shorts is available through the YouTube app, so there’s no need to download a new app to access or create content for this new platform.