Global Twitterati would probably have to wait for a while to experience the ‘fleets’ feature on the social media platform. The feature that debuted only a couple of days ago has run into a few problems that have hit the “performance and stability” of the functionality. To tackle these problems, Twitter would need some time, and hence the delay.
The social media organization brought about the ‘fleets’ feature so that people could express their opinions or thoughts temporarily. That simply means that ‘fleets’ are not meant to remain forever. They perform the ‘disappearing act’ after a day. The feature arrived on board after it underwent a rigorous testing phase that lasted for almost eight months.
So what exactly caused the functionality to crash? Well, once Twitter brought about the feature, users across the world sprang on to try it out. The platform could not handle all the pressure and hence failed to maintain its performance. TechCrunch went on to state that the feature did not work very smoothly, and it froze many times. The feature was also reported to be running very slowly. There were certain situations wherein users experienced some other apps, too, owing to using this feature on Twitter.
The social media platform has affirmed that the feature is indeed throwing up issues, and they are trying to rectify the same. The following tweet showed up from Twitter’s support team:
“We’re slowing down the rollout of Fleets to fix some performance and stability problems. If you don’t have the feature yet, you may not get it for a few more days.
We love that so many people are using Fleets and want to ensure we’re providing the best experience for everyone.”
Sometime during March, the feature was provided to the testing team based in Brazil. After the fleet automatically gets erased after a day, it pops up distinctly elsewhere, other than the timeline page. Fleets from those users who are being followed would be displayed above the main timeline. If anyone chooses to reply to these fleets, they would be directed to the user’s inbox.
Twitter decided to call the feature by the name of ‘fleets’ since it was intended to constitute users’ “fleeting” ideas. Many users thronged onto the functionality as soon as it arrived. However, without depicting an appropriate performance, the “fleets” feature has no meaning.
Users were quite skeptical about this feature, stating that it could invite some online abuse. The users’ concerns were directed towards the fact a person can tag a user who has blocked him through his fleet. A Twitter user stated that people could be targeted and harassed using the “fleet” as a weapon, as it could be posted on anyone’s timeline.
Another concern shared by the users was that no notifications reach a user even when his tweet is used by someone else in their fleet. Thus, it becomes difficult to find out the root source of online abuse via a fleet. Twitter has stated that it would be working to resolve these issues as well.