Twitter Fleets Already Have A Big Problem

Ruben Fields
November 24, 2020

"Fleets give you the power to use and interact with Twitter in a whole new way, right in the moment". Twitter launched Fleets last week but the rollout was slowed down due to some performance and stability issues.

By using an application that has been created to interact with Twitter's back-end system via its developer API, you can get access to several fleets from the server where each one has its own direct URL, allowing you to open them as images or videos via any browser. But even after the 24 hours elapsed, the server would still return links to fleets that had already disappeared from view in the Twitter app. However, a bug has been found that is related to Fleets and disables their basic functionality. The user didn't even get a notification if the person downloading the Fleet read it or not, as reported by TechCrunch.

Twitter didn't immediately reply to a request for comment from The Report Door on Sunday, but told TechCrunch it was aware of the bug, accessible via a "technical workaround" which meant a fleet's URL could be accessed after 24 hours had passed.

The glitch was spotted by Twitter user '@donk_enby, ' who used the app to access the system, which showed a list of Fleets and each had its own direct URL.

In a statement to the Verge, the company said that it was addressing the issue. Twitter said it's fixing these issues, but that could leave you waiting a while until fleets are truly polished.

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'We are working on a fix that should be rolled out shortly'. The ephemeral posts will still reside on Twitter's servers for up to 30 days, and it might preserve them for longer if they violate rules. Twitter is quite late to add this "here now, gone tomorrow" feature in their systems.

The social media giant explained that some developers saved a Fleet's URL when it was active and were thus able to view it later due to the non-deletion of the backlog.

Followers can respond to navies by sending a private direct message, but only if they follow each other or the account holder is set to open their direct messages.

Fleets are created to help users feel more comfortable participating on the platform in a "lower pressure way" without the need to worry about retweets and likes, the firm said.

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