November 29, 2020

Twitter launches ‘fleets’ – tweets that vanish after 24 hours

Twitter’s new ‘fleets’ will disappear after 24 hours (Credits: Bloomberg via Getty Images) Twitter is...

Twitter’s new ‘fleets’ will disappear after 24 hours (Credits: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Twitter is launching a new feature called ‘fleets’.

Fleets are posts that disappear within 24 hours – similar to the Stories function on Snapchat and Instagram.

The move is a major evolution from the social network’s core purpose, which sees tweets kept on an individual’s profile for all to see unless they proactively decide to delete them.

Fleets – a take on the term fleeting moments – is designed to help users feel more comfortable participating on the platform in a ‘lower pressure way’ without the need to worry about retweets and likes, the firm said.

People can choose to post text, reactions to tweets with the tweet attached, photos or videos, as well as the ability to customise them with background and text options.

Followers can reply to fleets by sending a private direct message, but only if they follow each other or the account holder has their DMs set to open.

Fleets from accounts a person follows will appear along the top their home timeline.

Plans are already in motion to add stickers and live broadcasting.

EMBARGOED TO 1300 TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17 Undated handout image issued by Twitter of the new 'Fleets' feature, posts that will disappear after 24 hours like Instagram Stories and Snapchat, which is being rolled out in a bid to make users feel more comfortable participating on the platform. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 17, 2020. Users can choose to post text, reactions to tweets with the tweet attached, photos or videos, as well as the ability to customise them with background and text options. See PA story TECHONOLOGY Twitter. Photo credit should read: Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Fleets act like Stories on Instagram or Snapchat (Credits: PA)

EMBARGOED TO 1300 TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17 Undated handout image issued by Twitter of the new 'Fleets' feature, posts that will disappear after 24 hours like Instagram Stories and Snapchat, which is being rolled out in a bid to make users feel more comfortable participating on the platform. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 17, 2020. Users can choose to post text, reactions to tweets with the tweet attached, photos or videos, as well as the ability to customise them with background and text options. See PA story TECHONOLOGY Twitter. Photo credit should read: Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The move is a bid to make users feel more comfortable participating on the platform (Credits: PA)

The tech giant first announced it was testing such a feature in March, with a trial in Brazil, later expanding to Italy, India, and South Korea.

Twitter executives admit the format ‘may sound familiar’, referring to Snapchat who spearheaded the art of disappearing messages and Instagram which followed suit in 2016 with Stories.

EMBARGOED TO 1300 TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17 Undated handout image issued by Twitter of the new 'Fleets' feature, posts that will disappear after 24 hours like Instagram Stories and Snapchat, which is being rolled out in a bid to make users feel more comfortable participating on the platform. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 17, 2020. Users can choose to post text, reactions to tweets with the tweet attached, photos or videos, as well as the ability to customise them with background and text options. See PA story TECHONOLOGY Twitter. Photo credit should read: Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Users can choose to post text, reactions to tweets with the tweet attached, photos or videos, as well as the ability to customise them with background and text options. (Credits: PA)

‘We’ve learned that some people feel more comfortable joining conversations on Twitter with this ephemeral format, so what they’re saying lives just for a moment in time,’ said Twitter’s Joshua Harris, director of design, and Sam Haveson, product manager, in a blog post.

‘In the coming days, everyone globally will have Fleets on Twitter for iOS and Android.’


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