Twitter in India is testing out a new Instagram Stories-like feature. Called Fleets, these tweets will disappe...Read More
in India is testing out a new Instagram Stories-like feature. Called Fleets, these tweets will disappear after 24 hours. Also, there will be no Likes, Retweets, or public replies to these. "We learned from research that people don’t Tweet because Tweets are public, feel permanent, and display the number of Retweets and Likes. We hope Fleets will empower many more people to express themselves more freely," said the company in a statement. India is the third country globally where Twitter is rolling out this feature to test. The other two are Brazil and Italy.
"There need to be more ways to have conversations on Twitter with less pressure and various controls. Fleets are fast and familiar. People can tap on their own avatar to start, add text or media and hit send. That’s it, that’s how one Fleets," added the company.
“India is important for Twitter since it is one of our largest and fastest-growing audience markets globally. We are excited to bring the Fleets experiment to India and make it one of the first three countries in the world to experience this new product. From the test in India, we’ll learn how adding a new mode of conversation changes the way Indians engage on Twitter. It’ll also be interesting to see if it further amplifies the diversity of usage by allowing people to share what they’re thinking in a way that is light-touch and light-hearted,” said Manish Maheshwari, MD,
Fleets from the accounts one follows will always appear on top of one’s timeline. Users can see who’s seen their Fleet by looking underneath a post. They can tap on someone’s avatar to see what the person has posted since their last Twitter visit. One will also be able to find an account’s Fleets by looking at their profile page.
How to create a new Fleet:
To view someone’s Fleet:
To engage with your followers on Fleets:
How to Report a Fleet
People can also report a Fleet using the ‘...’ menu
Fleets will be available on both iOS and
apps (updated version) of Twitter in the coming days.