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Twitter brings its Stories-like disappearing tweets to the world

Tyrone Stewart


Twitter is rolling out its answer to Stories globally, bringing its tweets that disappear after to 24 hours to everybody’s timelines.

Fleets, which Twitter began trialling earlier this year, enable users to share text, reactions to tweets, photos, or videos to display their ‘fleeting’ thoughts on the microblogging app. These fleets cannot be retweeted, liked, or receive public replies, but can be replied to via a direct message (DM).

Followers can see the fleets of the people they follow at the top of their home timeline, while anybody who can see your full profile can see your fleets on there also. Anybody can tap fleets to send DMs or emojis to the creator of a fleet, if they have their DMs open.

“Fleets are for sharing momentary thoughts – they help start conversations and only stick around for 24 hours,” said Twitter in a blog post. “Through our tests in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea, we learned Fleets helped people feel more comfortable joining the conversation – we saw people with Fleets talk more on Twitter. Those new to Twitter found Fleets to be an easier way to share what's on their mind. Because they disappear from view after a day, Fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings.”

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