You might have noticed something different with your Twitter account today. Where you’re greeted with tweets, a line of Twitter handle photos, including your own, welcomes you instead.
Fret not. It’s not a hacker messing with your personal account. It’s simply a new feature by Twitter.
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
Called Fleets, the feature allows “sharing [of] momentary thoughts,” Joshua Harris and Sam Haveson explains in a Twitter blog.
It largely resembles Instagram and Facebook Stories, too, and for a good reason—whatever you share in Fleets sticks around for only 24 hours.
“You can Fleet text, reactions to Tweets, photos or videos, and customize your Fleets with various background and text options,” the blog adds. “To share a Tweet in a Fleet, tap the “Share” icon at the bottom of the Tweet and then tap, “Share in Fleet.” Then, add what you think about it with some text or emojis.”
Stickers and live broadcasting feature will soon be available in Fleets. Based on feedback from users around the world, the blog says it “will be updated over time with new features.”
Fleets can be seen by your followers at the top of their home timeline and anyone who can see your full profile can see your entries there, too. Anyone can reply to your Fleets, too, if you have open Direct Messages. You may reply to a Fleet, too, by simply tapping on it to send a message or emoji to the author.
The new feature is Twitter’s response to users who find tweeting uncomfortable because “it feels so public, so permanent, and like there’s so much pressure to rack up retweets and like” leaving many could-have-been tweets in drafts.
The blog adds that test runs of the feature in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea have shown more Twitter users joining or starting conversations, and feel “more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings.”
“We’re launching Fleets so everyone can easily join the conversation in a new way—with their fleeting thoughts,” the blog reads.
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