After some months in beta, Twitter’s “Fleets” feature is now available to all iOS and Android users.
Regardless of what platform you’re on or wherever place you currently live, if you’re using Twitter then definitely you will be able to access the so-called disappearing messaging feature. It can be seen sitting right at the top of the timeline in a row of Stories-like bubbles.
Twitter first-ever presented Fleets way back in March, with the feature at first just accessible in Brazil. One of the fundamental selling points about Fleets is that they are the equivalent to disappearing Tweets, with users ready to share musings, photographs, and different posts they want to remove permanently on their account.
Regardless of Twitter marketing Fleets as “disappearing” Tweets, they’re actually one more version of the famous “stories” feature that can be found on most social media platforms available today (for several reasons, Linked In is also included), featuring content that likely stays for 24 hours.
Fleets aren’t generally a new concept, even if they just recently become accessible on Twitter. As a matter of fact, it continues in the strides of Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram, which all offer a comparable feature, that is typically called Stories. Additionally, even the carrier-oriented networking site like LinkedIn has its own version similar to it.
Stories are social media posts – which includes photos, text, and video – which are just accessible for 24 hours. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean Stories essentially disappear until such forever.
For instance, a user viewing a video Story can be able to record and even save it through using the screen recording feature on an iPhone or take a screen capture of a photograph Story to much easier saving it to their phones.
Fleets can contain tweets, GIFs, pictures, or video cuts, in addition to extra overlay text or emoticons. Much the same as story posts on each other social media apps available out there, accounts with new Fleets are being highlighted in a sliding menu over the usual Twitter feed. You just simply need to tap the profile picture to watch and tap the edges of the screen to jump to the following Fleet in your feed.
In the Twitter app, you just have to tap the profile icon and then tap “Share a fleeting thought.”
You are free to customize the Fleet with the use of emoticons, text, and such, at that point, tap “Fleet” to post it. The Fleet will appear on your profile and remain available for 24 hours.
Moreover, you can likewise share Tweets as Fleets:
Just tap “Share” on the Tweet you need to, er, Fleet.
Then, just continue and select “Share in Fleet.”
You can also add any emojis or text you want, then simply continue to tap “Fleet.”
Customization options are still limited to use for now until further notice, however, Twitter says it will add stickers and live broadcasting choices to Fleets later on. You can likewise react to others’ fleets, however—again like Facebook, Instagram, and wherever else; by tapping on one and sending an immediate message or emoticon to the creator, which will begin a DM conversation is like how the story reply process works at Instagram. Twitter says it will also be introducing new stickers and live broadcasting sooner or later. You can’t, in any case, like or retweet a fleet.
At this moment, the company says there will be no indicator if for instance, a person or somebody has screen captures one of your fleets, and any person who follows you will be able to view what you fleet by visiting your profile on the off chance that they don’t quickly see your air bubble at the top of the timeline.
So it’s not precisely right to consider Fleets as a fix-all solution for social media outrage or the platform’s affinity to coordinate huge numbers of individual activities toward a single target — what everyone seems to colloquially call “getting ratioed” or heaped on or canceled or whatever name or expression you’d prefer to append to quickly turning into an internet punching bag.
Anyone can still be able to save what you post for posterity, repost it themselves, and then state something from it. Additionally, in the event that you state something idiotic, nothing is stopping others from spreading it through the conventional tweet channel by means of screen captures and further retweeting of those screenshots and criticizing you.
What Fleets appear much likely to help with the most, at least at first, is separating the sheer volume of opinions that get trafficked on Twitter the entire day into more digestible arrangements. That may start to change by the way everyone uses and communicates on the platform. Without a doubt, a few users will attempt to push any limits of what can be said or appeared on a fleet versus a tweet. Twitter makes certain to confront new control difficulties when deciding whether to compose new rules or change existing ones for combating, let’s say, misinformation or harassment as it will pop up in Fleets.
But, every one can simply utilize Fleets to convey the one-off reaction or hot take and let it terminate in the void like most dim-witted opinions do in any cases, just similar to Instagram Stories lets you share unpolished and fleeting snippets bits of your everyday lives with that don’t need to be framed or be filtered to perfection.
In the latest company’s blog post, Twitter says numerous users report feeling uncomfortable Tweeting, “on the grounds that it feels so public, so permanent, and like there’s such a great amount of pressure to pile up Retweets and Likes.”
Fleets were devised to enable every user, “to feel more comfortable to share their personal and casual opinions, thoughts, and feelings. Moreover, Tweeter does hope that every user will not only be more casual with their thoughts and feelings but also concerning themselves less with saying something significant or piling up likes and retweets.