Starting from March, Twitter started testing a new feature called Fleets which is basically a stories-like feature that lasts for 24 hours. At the beginning phase, Twitter made this feature available in Brazil but now the company is expanding its reach by making it available in India.
Twitter announced today that Fleet will be rolled out gradually to all Indian users on Android and iOS. The company will push this feature via an update that will be coming on the Play Store and App Store in the coming days. Even, it has already arrived for some users in India.
We’re testing a way for you to think out loud without the Likes, Retweets, or replies, called Fleets! Best part? They disappear after 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/r14VWUoF6p
— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) June 9, 2020
Similar to Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp Stories, Fleets disappear from users’ timelines after 24 hours. They cannot be liked or retweeted like regular tweets, however other users can respond to the Fleets via Direct Message (DM). They usually appear at the top of the home screen for limited seconds and users can view them for longer by long-pressing the screen.
Twitter Fleets are unlike regular tweets, therefore they are less accessible and won’t circulate on Twitter Moments and cannot be embedded. Users can view the Fleets of other users even if they aren’t following them by going to their profile. Users can also view who all have seen their Fleets.
Explaining Fleets in a series of tweets, product lead at Twitter, Kayvon Beykpour, said, “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 & 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,” Beykpour added.
How to use Twitter Fleets
To use this new feature, you need to update your Twitter app to the latest version. If you have access to Fleets, you can find the feature at the top of the home screen of the app. To update a Fleet, click on the small icon with the ‘+’ sign. You can add texts, photos, or gif to “share a fleeting thought.”
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