On November 17, Twitter announced the launch of a new, highly-requested feature that could arguably alter how people communicate on the platform.
According to Twitter, the site has accumulated more than 1.3 million tweets about “tweet drafts” since 2018, with users contemplating ways to put something out into the Twitterverse without it being completely permanent.
*realises people will reply to it*
— Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell (@thetomska) January 3, 2020
Fleets will allow users to create disappearing posts that make it easier to share thoughts and feelings without worrying about them staying on their timelines forever.
The idea behind Fleets is that you can now live-tweet or share multiple times during events — like “The Bachelor” or a sports game, for example — without flooding other users’ timelines.
It’s going to be an easier way to share what’s on your mind. Fleets disappear after 24 hours and there is no way to like, retweet or publicly reply to them. You can, however, reply to a Fleet privately via direct message.
Fleets can be created from scratch or you can grab an already existing tweet and “Fleet” it. Fleets allow text, photo and video posts, and eventually, Twitter plans to roll-out stickers and other creative tools, once the company gets a better sense of what users want.
Fleets of the people you follow will exist on the top of your timeline.
Naturally, our team had to try it out as soon as it was released.
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