A couple of days ago Twitter added Fleets – content that deletes itself after 24 hours much like Stories on Facebook or Instagram. This functionality, at the time, was not available in South Africa, but that changes today.
If you update your Twitter app, you should find the Fleets functionality available right at the top of the app. Again taking cues from Stories, these appear as circle icons on the top of your feed.
Thankfully they will not stick around permanently obscuring part of your screen. If you scroll down into your feed they will retract so you can fill more of your screen with regular tweets.
As this functionality is new the first of these Fleets you will see will be from Twitter itself. The orange icon (different from the standard blue) gives you a short video about what you can do with Fleets. As with Stories and other implementations of this idea you can share video, pictures and text with your followers.
After you’ve updated the app to access Fleets you can simply tap on the “Add” icon in the top left of your feed (see above). From there you can start crafting your Fleets as you see fit.
The official Twitter blog also provides alternate ways to interact with this:
“You can Fleet text, reactions to Tweets, photos or videos and customize your Fleets with various background and text options. 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. Soon, stickers and live broadcasting will be available in Fleets.” reads the announcement.
From reading many Fleets and tweets about them the general reception to this new form of content sharing has been a resounding “eh”. It seems this isn’t a highly requested feature such as an edit button, and there’s some strange design decisions like replies to Fleets being sent to the poster as a DM.
There’s also been a flood of jokes about Stories and Stories knockoffs making its way into every piece of software after Twitter. Stories in Excel anyone?
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