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Things We Saw Today: RIP Twitter Fleets, We Hardly Knew (And Never Used) You

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Twitter announced Wednesday that it would be putting an end to Fleets, the disappearing tweet function it had only just fully rolled out to all users in November. But I guess it doesn’t take long to realize that pretty much no one was interested in that idea at all.

The Twitter Support account took a break from not banning Nazis today to explain that they “learned a lot from Fleets.” Apparently, the idea was “to help people feel comfortable joining the conversation in a low-pressure way,” but, the account writes, “it turns out Fleets were mainly used by those Tweeting the most.”

Some of that “new stuff” they’re working on includes Twitter “Spaces”—their Clubhouse-style live audio chat rooms (i.e. live podcasts I think?), which will appear at the top of your timeline, where Fleets have been. Meaning most of us can continue to ignore that space altogether.

RIP Fleets, we hardly knew you (and we were OK with that).

(via The Verge)

Let’s see, what else …

  • A Cape Cod restaurant closed for a “day of kindness” due to the “astronomical influx daily” of rude, verbally abusive customers making their employees cry. (via The Hill)
  • Don Cheadle had the same reaction to his Emmy nomination as the rest of us. (via The Root)
  • Did you give up your bra during quarantine? Well, you’ve got something in common with Gillian Anderson. (via Pajiba)
  • And on the same day Fleets are axed!

  • Accurate:

What did you all see out there today that doesn’t involve Loki spoilers?

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.