After Instagram’s story, WhatsApp‘s status and Facebook’s status that disappears after 24 hours, Twitter is gearing up on its new feature Fleet, the word you are apparently going to get used to. Twitter is testing on a new feature which will allow the user to publicly share posts that disappear after a certain period of time.
On Wednesday, Twitter announced that it’s testing fleets, tweets that disappear in 24 hours, in Brazil. A Fleet can consist of up to 280 characters with photos, GIFs, or videos.
Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour said in a thread on Wednesday. “We’re hoping that Fleets can help people share the fleeting thoughts that they would have been unlikely to Tweet.” He further said that Fleets are a way to share fleeting thoughts.
Fleets, Beykpour explained, can’t receive any likes, retweets, or replies, and they’re accessible by clicking on a user’s avatar. And yes, he acknowledged, “there are many similarities with the Stories format.”
With this feature, Beykpour said Twitter is hoping to “address some of the anxieties that hold people back from talking on Twitter,” including people not feeling “comfortable” tweeting because tweets “can be seen and replied to by anybody” and “feel permanent and performative.”
It is not officially announced when the Fleets will become a part of our lives but will soon roll out fr U.S. users.