Twitter introduces new feature dubbed fleets which is similar to stories on Snapchat and Instagram allowing users to share fleeting or transitory thoughts which disappears after 24 hours.
The social media platform with more than 330 million users allows users to share personal in-the-moment thoughts with your followers free of public reactions.
The fleets are pinned on the top of the timeline and are only available via mobile apps allowing fleet authors to see who views their fleets by clicking into their fleets and tapping on the Seen By text at the bottom.
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
According to Twitter, users;
- They don’t get Retweets, likes, and are not open to public replies.
- A Fleet can include text, videos, GIFs, or photos. People can reply to your Fleet by tapping on Send a Message or the emoji icon at the bottom of your Fleet.
- If you have open DMs, anyone can react to your Fleets. If you have closed DMs, only people you follow can react to your Fleets.
- People with access to Fleets can see your Fleets in two ways:
- If they follow you, your Fleets will appear in the new bar across the top of their Home timeline.
- Anyone who can see your Tweets can view your Fleets from your profile by tapping on your profile photo.
- If you protect your Tweets, your Fleets will also be protected.
- To delete a Fleet select Delete Fleet and it will remove the post.
How to Fleet
A Fleet may contain photos, GIFs, videos, links, and text.
Create a new Fleet
Fleets appear above the Home timeline. To create a new Fleet, start by tapping your profile image and:
- Tap the Fleet compose icon.
- Compose your message (it can be comprised of text, photos, a GIF, or video).
- Tap the Fleet button to post the Fleet to your profile.
Using the text editor to add media to your Fleet:
- Tap the screen to bring up the keyboard and toolbar.
- Tap the Align button to format the text center, left, or right.
- To change the text to bold, tap the B button.
- To highlight your text, select the Highlight button.
- The color wheel will change the text and highlight color, tap the color wheel icon to change the text.
- To move or resize the text, image, or emoji, use two fingers to pinch to resize or move the media.
- Tap the circle icon at the bottom left of the screen to change your Fleet’s background color.
Fleet a Tweet
With just two taps, a Tweet can be uploaded to your Fleets. You have the ability to share a Tweet in your Fleets and add your own comments with ease. Your viewers will also be able to click through on the image to go to the original Tweet.
How to Fleet a Tweet
- Tap the Share icon on a Tweet.
- Tap Share in a Fleet.
- You can resize or rotate the Tweet and add your own reaction with text or an emoji.
- Tap Fleet to post the Tweet.
How to Tweet a Fleet
It also works the other way. You can Tweet your Fleet so you don’t lose the content when it disappears after 24 hours. Only the Fleet author can add their Fleet to their own Twitter timeline.
- Tap the down arrow icon
- Select Tweet this.
- Add Tweet copy.
- Tap Tweet to finish Tweeting a Fleet.
How to reply to a Fleet
- If you are able to Direct Message someone, at the bottom of their Fleet you will see options to Send a Message or react via DMs with an emoji.
- Tap Send a Message to open the text composer and send a DM directly to the author.
- Tap the emoji icon to send the DM author an emoji reaction to their Fleet.
- Your Fleet reply will appear along with the post to which you were replying via DM.
How to mute an account
- Tap the down arrow icon at the top right of one of the account’s Fleets.
- Tap Mute @ to mute Fleets from that account.
- To unmute, tap Unmute @ and the Fleets will reappear in your feed.
Twitter also said it is working on a live audio feature called Spaces that it will be tested and rolled out soon. The feature would allow users to talk in public group conversations.