Twitter has finally joined the social media stories craze; the microblogging platform has announced that it has begun testing its version of stories called Fleets.
The new feature is being introduced just weeks after the company bought over Chroma Labs, a start-up founded by a team of former Facebook engineers who developed the stories feature for Instagram.
According to Twitter’s product lead, Kayvon Beykpour, the new feature is aimed at offering opportunities for twitter users who tend to hold back from posting on the platform because of several anxieties which of course includes lack of engagement (retweets, likes, etc) and also those who don’t feel comfortable tweeting because it can be seen or replied by anybody.
What are Twitter Fleets?
Kayvon further explains. In his words; “Fleets are a way to share fleeting thoughts. Unlike Tweets, Fleets disappear after 24 hours and don’t get Retweets, Likes, or public replies. People can only react to your Fleets with DMs. Instead of showing up in people’s timelines, Fleets are viewed by tapping on your avatar.”
The new feature, however, is currently only available for android and iOS users in Brazil only. Worldwide rollout of this feature is expected in the coming weeks.
Several Twitter users have voiced their disappointment over the new feature using #RIPTwitter.
Well, since it seems Twitter is starting to conform to popular demands, the edit feature might just be next.