Twitter Users React to Fleets with Memes and Demands For an Edit Button

Twitter has introduced a new feature called Fleets—but some social media users are not happy. Fleets, which sees Twitter users share posts that stay online for only 24 hours, has sparked a flood of memes from users demanding what they actually want to see from the app, including the elusive edit button.

The social media platform said in a blog post that it introduced the feature to encourage users who may be nervous about posting to engage in conversations happening on the app.

The blog post introducing Fleets said: "To help people feel more comfortable, we've been working on a lower pressure way for people to talk about what's happening.

"Today, we're launching Fleets so everyone can easily join the conversation in a new way—with their fleeting thoughts."

But not everybody is excited about the new feature, with many users demanding changes to how the platform already works—starting with a way to edit tweets.

Twitter user @BeSmoove7 said: "Twitter gave us Fleets but we still can't edit tweets."

Twitter gave us Fleets but we still can't edit tweets pic.twitter.com/YvGMdV8J05

— Aye Yo B (@BeSmoove7) November 17, 2020

User @heyjaeee said: "Twitter: INTRODUCING....FLEETS.

"Actual twitter users: A GIF of Emma Roberts in Scream Queens saying 'Thank you for making that announcement that no one cared about.'"

Twitter: INTRODUCING....FLEETS

Actual twitter users: pic.twitter.com/Dvrf52j3Nz

— ✨ (@heyjaeee) November 17, 2020

YouTuber ThinkNoodles said: "Twitter self-own on their fleets promo video?" with a screengrab from the announcement video that sees a pair of flip-flops with the caption "Flop!"

Twitter self-own on their fleets promo video? 😂 pic.twitter.com/ppKgjqOmBM

— Thinknoodles 🍜 (@Thinknoodles) November 17, 2020

Twitter user @Geekfried said: "Edit button? Better API for 3'rd Party clients? Better native Muting? Nah, let's implement fleets..." and attached a slow-clap GIF.

Edit button? Better API for 3’rd Party clients? Better native Muting?

Nah, let’s implement fleets... pic.twitter.com/Grsf611LeQ

— Geekfried™ (@Geekfried) November 17, 2020

Paul on Twitter said: "My first fleets" with an image of his Fleet that said "This is stupid. Where is the edit button?"

My first #fleets pic.twitter.com/MZ5A3bPsJ1

— Paul "Voted for Biden The Big Guy" Chambers📢🏥🤡 (@feedingtubepaul) November 17, 2020

User BlueWaveLove attached a GIF of a man disappearing and said: "Twitter: I'm going to add stories. Everyone: so Twitter what about an edit button? Twitter:"

Twitter: I'm going to add stories

Everyone: so Twitter what about an edit button? 👀

Twitter: pic.twitter.com/lDcn9JZByL

— BlueWaveLove (@NuWaBlueWave) November 17, 2020

Other Twitter users reacted to the Fleets news with suggestions for other changes to the social media app they would like to see, including bookmark folders, the separation of tweets and retweets, and a newsfeed that doesn't refresh when you're in the middle of reading a tweet.

Ori said: "so Twitter can't add folders to bookmarks but they can do this?"

so twitter can’t add folders to bookmarks but they can do this? pic.twitter.com/DWqeaqGDi6

— ori

Twitter user @Guy123 said: "So Twitter will give us stories, but won't let separate someone's tweets from their retweets on their profile..."

So Twitter will give us stories, but won't let seperate someone's tweets from their retweets on their profile... pic.twitter.com/y2eSxBCG2k

— Guy123 (@guy123_g) November 17, 2020

Another Twitter user said: "So Twitter has stories. But no edit button and the feed still refreshes itself in the middle of reading an awesome tweet. Losing said awesome tweet forever."

So Twitter has stories. But no edit button and the feed still refreshes itself in the middle of reading an awesome tweet. Losing said awesome tweet forever.

— Deep South Lady Dem💙🇺🇸🇱🇹🥀🍩🥁 Litbilly Girl. (@LLeikus) November 17, 2020

While Twitter users may hold out hope for an edit button, the feature doesn't look likely to appear on the platform any time soon, as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told Wired in January that they'll "probably never do it." For now, Twitter users can take comfort in the fact that with Fleets, typos only stay online for a day.

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In this photo illustration, social media, Twitter, TikTok, WhatApp, Instagram, Threads, Snapchat, Facebook, Messenger and Telegram application logos are displayed on the screen of a smartphone on October 7, 2019 in Paris, France. Twitter users are reacting to the new Fleets feature with demands for an edit button. Chesnot/Getty