Twitter rolled out a new feature called Twitter Fleet. The feature will remove tweets after 24 hours, similar to the stories feature on Snapchat and Instagram. The new Fleet feature can be seen at the top of the app in round bubbles with the icon of the user who posted them in the center. Once they are posted, they stay for 24 hours and then expire so people can no longer access them. The feature was first launched a test of Fleets in March this year and now has expanded the feature to India, South Korea, Japan, and Italy.
The official blog post said, “To help people feel more comfortable, we’ve been working on a lower pressure way for people to talk about what’s happening. Today, we’re launching Fleets so everyone can easily join the conversation in a new way – with their fleeting thoughts.” The goal is to boost the overall time users spend on the social service — by making people comfortable with sharing content more spontaneously.
Fleets are for sharing momentary thoughts – they help start conversations and only stick around for 24 hours. The new Twitter fleet feature also allows the app users’ to Fleet text, reactions to Tweets, photos or videos and even customize Fleets with different background and text options. It also allows users to send direct messages from a Fleet post.
The entire format has taken inspiration from the ones used and pioneered by apps like Instagram and SnapChat, and was later adopted by platforms Facebook, LinkedIn and others.
What Twitteratis have to say!
As the feature made its way to the dashboard, while some users were excited to have this avenue of communication, the others wondered users, what Fleets was after it appeared without explanation. Some Twitter users who have already started experimenting with the tool felt that the new feature raises concerns on harassment by allowing unwanted direct messages. Also, since it allows fleet authors to tag people who had blocked them, people are scared for their privacy.
The social media app also confirmed that it is working on a live audio feature – Spaces. The new feature, when rolled out, will allow users to talk in public group conversations. It is being said that the new feature shares similarities with Clubhouse, a social platform using voice chat rooms.
Stay tuned to this space for latest updates on the Twitter Fleets feature.