Twitter rolls out its very own stories-like feature called “Fleets”

November 24th, 2020

Twitter is competing with other social media platforms in the “temp share” space by launching its own stories-like feature called “Fleets”.

Posting temporary musings were initially made possible by Facebook’s My Day and Instagram and Snapchat’s Stories. Recently joining the bandwagon is Twitter’s “Fleets” – announcing its new function where users are allowed to post photos, videos, texts and even share tweets made available for viewing for 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,” the social media platform tweeted.

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

Of course, Twitterverse had a lot to say about this new feature:

Jfc even excel will have stories soon enough pic.twitter.com/BaBRxmtiwh

— Bran (@CryptoBran_) November 17, 2020

Nobody asked for this. And the thing we’ve been begging for—better moderation to get rid of the Nazis— is still only available in Germany. Now you’ve just made it easier for them to harass people and not leave evidence??

— Louisa 🌈👭 (@LouisatheLast) November 17, 2020

That thing I "didn't Tweet but wanted to but didn't but got so close but then were like nah" was something I guessed you would censor, and maybe suspend me for saying, even though it was a perfectly sensible thing to say.

"Fleets" – thanks, but no. Scrap the censorship instead.

— Richard Heathfield (@rjheathfield) November 17, 2020

Did your product team check other brand names first? #fleets pic.twitter.com/zZYlo08DQR

— Gregory B. Stewart (@GregoryBStewart) November 17, 2020

How Twitter thinks I’m gonna react to their unnecessary features pic.twitter.com/O9qNkg6qey

— mrevaporation (@igmrevaporation) November 17, 2020

Please!
Twitter users: Can we have an edit button?
Twitter: Here, we moved the "create post" button?
Users: But can we edit?
Twitter: We changed how your timeline appears.
Users: Edit button, please?
Twitter: Here's a stories feature no one one asked for.

— Kristen Doerschner (@KrisDoerschner) November 17, 2020

While stickers and live broadcasting options are not available yet, the company announced that these features are staged to be added in the near future. Users can now post a tweet by pressing the “share” button at the bottom of a post and select “share in fleet”. This new feature allows users to feel more open in expressing their thoughts and opinions without the pressure of building the number of likes or retweets.

Similar to other major social media platforms, fleets can be found at the top of the user’s feed. Users can also have a list of who viewed their Fleets.

While the company has not confirmed whether this feature is going to available for desktop or laptop use, users can still try this new function using their mobile devices.

We’re hoping to see the edit post feature soon, though.

Twitter will give us an edit button

ⓘ 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴

— Danz 🗣️ (@danzyxdd) November 17, 2020

 

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Jfc even excel will have stories soon enough pic.twitter.com/BaBRxmtiwh

— Bran (@CryptoBran_) November 17, 2020

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