Facebook-owned Instagram launched Stories in August 2016, which lets it users post text, images, videos and other content for a period of 24 hours, and appear on top of their feed. Stories have been very popular on the platform, and now over 500 million active Instagram users post Stories daily. This led to Facebook and WhatsApp adopting the feature on their respective channels as well.
Twitter has been testing a similar feature for a while now called ‘Fleets’, and has already rolled it out in Brazil. Now, the platform has brought Twitter Fleets to users in India. As the name suggests, the new feature lets users post fleeting tweets on their feed that will disappear after a day.
Twitter Fleets now available in India
— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) June 9, 2020
Twitter Fleets are designed for times when you don’t want to post a public tweet, but still want to share what’s on your mind. Twitter Fleets won’t get retweets, likes or public replies. Additionally, just like Instagram Stories, the Twitter Fleets will self destruct after a period of 24 hours. Additionally, Twitter Fleets are positioned on the top of the timeline of your followers, just like Instagram Stories.
Staying true to the character of the microblogging platform, Fleets is a text-first feature, but also lets users post videos or pictures. While users cannot retweet, like or share your Fleets, they will be able to reply to a Fleet through direct message and also react with an emoji.
Notably, India is the second country after Brazil to get the feature. Kayvon Beykpour, Product Lead at Twitter, said, “There are many similarities with the Stories format that will feel familiar to people. There are also a few intentional differences to make the experience more focused on sharing and seeing people’s thoughts.”