In March, Twitter began testing its own version of what we now know as Stories in Brazil. On Tuesday, the company announced a global rollout of the feature to everyone, regardless of the platform which includes Android and iOS. Fleets will appear for every user who shared at the top of the home timeline and it will disappear after 24hrs.
Twitter says it designed the feature to “help people feel more comfortable” sharing their thoughts without the pressure of getting Retweets and Likes. “Through our tests in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea, we learned Fleets helped people feel more comfortable joining the conversation,” the company shared in a blog post. “Those new to Twitter found Fleets to be an easier way to share what’s on their mind. Because they disappear from view after a day, Fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings.”
Just like in Instagram Stories, Tweets can be shared as Fleets, likewise photos and videos with various customization options. Twitter says people will be able to share stickers and go live on Fleets very soon. A tweet can be shared in a Fleet with the “Share” icon which appears below every tweet.
People who follow each other can see each other’s Fleets and reply to them in what will now show in the Direct Messages. Every user will also be able to see who viewed their Fleet by tapping on “Seen By” text which appear at the bottom of the shared Fleet. Privacy is respected with Fleets which means locked accounts will have their restrictions respected since every Fleet can be opened by viewing one’s Twitter profile regardless of the users follow each other or not.