Twitter has officially announced that it is testing a new feature called “Twitter Fleets” in India. The Twitter fleets are like Instagram Stories that will allow users to post content on their profiles that will disappear after 24 hours.
Twitter India made the official announcement of Twitter Fleet via a tweet, describing the basics in a video.
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
According to Twitter’s announcement, the feature has been currently started today in Brazil, we’re testing Fleets, a new way to start conversations from your fleeting thoughts. The social media platform is testing this feature in Brazil, Italy, and now, India.
What are Twitter Fleets?
According to Twitter’s announcement, Twitter fleets are like Instagram Stories that will allow users to post content on their profiles that will disappear after 24 hours. Unlike Tweets, Twitter Fleets can’t receive Likes, Replies, or Retweets.
Fleets are public and can be viewed by anyone but are expected to have lesser visibility compared to tweets. To see someone’s Fleet, users can head directly to their profile and view the content. However, it will not be displayed on Twitter’s public feed and cannot be embedded on other websites. Fleets will be available for everyone in India on Twitter for iOS and Android in the coming days through an update.
“Some people say they feel insecure to Tweet because Tweets are public, permanent, and exhibit public engagement counts (likes and Retweets). We want to make it possible for you to have conversations on the platform in new ways, with less pressure, and more control.”
Hence, Twitter Fleets stands for fleeting Tweets.
What makes Fleets different from regular Tweets?
Well, Twitter Fleets disappear after 24 hours and can’t be retweeted, liked, or receive public comments.
A user’s Fleets will appear at the top of your home page in the form of a carousel, and anyone who can access your full profile will also be able to find your Fleets there.
If your DMs are open, people will be able to react to your Fleets with a text-based message or emoji.
How to Share a Twitter Fleet?
At the moment, Twitter Fleets are only being tested in Brazil — so you may not have access to the feature.
In any case, here’s how to post your first Fleet:
To create a Fleet, start by tapping the “+” button that appears at the top of your Fleet feed.
From here, you can type up to 280 characters of text or add photos, GIFs, or videos.
Once you hit Fleet, your fleet will appear in an Instagram Stories-like feed at the top of people’s feeds.
Users can reply to Fleet via DMs or send a reaction using emojis. All replies and reactions to Fleets will appear in a user’s DM inbox. To view the next Fleet, users will have to swipe down instead ‘right’. To see a Fleet from the next user, you will have to swipe left. Twitter claims that these gestures are subject to change depending on feedback received from users.
If you have got the feature to use already, pls give it a try. And share your opinion below in the comment section.