Wed 18 November 2020:
If you’re feeling passionate about a TV show or cheering for your favorite sports team, you can be a part of the conversation without flooding your Twitter followers’ timelines.
The social platform, with more than 330 million users, on Tuesday debuted a new sharing feature worldwide called “fleets.” Users can share photos, text or even repost tweets in posts that vanish after 24 hours.
That thing you didn’t Tweet but wanted to but didn’t but got so close but then were like nah.
We have a place for that now—Fleets!
Rolling out to everyone starting today. pic.twitter.com/auQAHXZMfH
— Twitter (@Twitter) November 17, 2020
The fleets are pinned to the top of the timeline and are only available via mobile apps. The company has not shared plans to roll out the feature on desktop.
This idea isn’t a novel one. The feature is commonly referred to as “stories,” and Snapchat pioneered it in 2013. Instagram, Facebook, YouTube — even LinkedIn and Pinterest all added similar features to their platforms. It’s become somewhat of a meme.
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Fleets initially will have fewer features than the social network’s competitors. There will not be a way to target different followers with your fleets and users won’t get a notification if one is screenshotted.
Twitter plans on introducing new features for fleets in the future, including virtual stickers and live broadcasting.
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