Twitter is trialing disappearing tweets called ‘Fleets’ and bottoms everywhere are making the same joke
The internet has rallied around Twitter’s gay intern, who’s been in “I told you so” mode for 24 hours after Twitter trialled ‘Fleets’.
“Fleets” are a potential new feature on Twitter that will allow some tweets to disappear after 24 hours, similar to an Instagram Story.
Fleets is also an enema – or douche, in the UK – brand popular with bottoms.
Announcing Twitter’s new feature on Wednesday morning, product lead Kayvon Beykpour said: “Every day, people come to Twitter to see what’s happening. One of the unique things about Twitter is that ‘what’s happening’ is fuelled by people sharing their thoughts openly, through tweets. But sharing your thoughts publicly can be intimidating!
“People often tell us that they don’t feel comfortable tweeting because tweets can be seen and replied to by anybody, feel permanent and performative (‘how many likes and retweets will this get!?’).
“We’ve been listening to this feedback and working to create new capabilities that address some of the anxieties that hold people back from talking on Twitter. Today, in Brazil only, we’re starting a test (on Android and iOS) for one of those new capabilities. It’s called Fleets.”
Beykpour added: “I know what you’re thinking.” But he was wrong. The internet wasn’t thinking, “THIS SOUNDS A LOT LIKE STORIES!”
— Alex (@prinniedidit) March 5, 2020
Fleets like “Enemas” 😂 pic.twitter.com/970mGSR6mp
— Rico Bravado ♑️ (@freddrico) March 5, 2020
I clicked on the trend fleets, wondering why enemas might be trending. Maybe not the best choice of names.
— Donna (@daffi515) March 4, 2020
Less than 24 hours after Fleets – first due to be rolled out in Brazil – were announced by Twitter, a gay intern working at the company was forced to clarify that, yes, they do know what Fleets are.
yes we know what fleets means. thanks – gay intern
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) March 4, 2020
“There is a gay intern at Twitter shaking his head and mumbling ‘told them’ under his breath all day today,” one person tweeted.
gay intern please delete the website
— more stew than man (@NoraReed) March 4, 2020
— STREAM SONGS FOR YOU (@jr0dxx) March 4, 2020
Give him the keys to the account
— Dragon 🔜 Chicago (@DisneyDragon) March 4, 2020
It's all part of the fun.
— Rob McDowall 🏴 (@robmcd85) March 4, 2020
Is the gay intern single is the real tea 🐸☕️ 👀
— Daniel Roa (@danielroaart) March 5, 2020
After multiple people asked if any gay men even work at Twitter, another Twitter employee, Jesse Feinman, revealed that they had tried to warn the company about the name.
“The number of people I mentioned this to and yet it still launched under that name,” they tweeted.
Twitter is yet to publicly acknowledge that it’s named a new product after a popular douche brand, despite warnings from LGBT+ staff.
I just want it said that I am gay twitter intern’s biggest fan
— Connor Powers (@CONNOR_P21) March 5, 2020
Gay Intern reading that email: pic.twitter.com/K7jwcjM350
— Flyra Glass (@BackhandBandit) March 4, 2020
A release date for Fleets in other countries is yet to be announced.