Too much content
Everyone’s fave toxic site Twitter has rolled out a new feature that we’re all too familiar with: 24-hour Stories. You read that right.
Aptly called ‘Fleets‘, the add-on allows your personal tweets to disappear after 24 hours – similar to the disappearing content from Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.
I 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. pic.twitter.com/OaGYZpChcN
— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) March 4, 2020
Unlike regular tweets, you can’t RT, like, or publicly reply to the ‘Fleets‘ – which sucks. But hey, at least you can respond with an emoji. Like IG and FB Stories, the feature is also shown at the top of your timeline represented by icons.
Not to sound like a boomer, but the beauty of Twitter lies in your words actually being permanent and spontaneous. IMO, the addition of an unnecessary feature just to be similar to other social sites totally takes you out of your curated bubble – which is what Twitter is ultimately for.
Others have shared the same sentiment, using the hashtag #RIPTwitter to air out request for upgrades that have long been unheard.
— Sam※ (@iam_samorai) March 4, 2020
Everyone: Please just add an edit button.
Twitter: Okay, let's add stories.
— MisAnthro Pony (@MisAnthroPony) March 5, 2020
— 𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐥⁷ ☆ WILL SEE BTS (@iztaex_) March 5, 2020
— mel¹²⁷ (@borderlinesc) March 5, 2020
#RIPTwitter how about instead of adding stories or whatever the fuck, maybe you could stop giving me notifications for 'recommended tweets' because that shit always misses
— PHIXEL 🐐🏳️🌈 (@phixelofficial) March 4, 2020
Despite the hate, people actually had similar reactions when Instagram rolled out ‘Stories‘ back in 2016, so maybe we’re all just under the Internet’s ever-changing clutches now.
Still, how about an edit feature instead?