Twitter unveils Fleets - tweets that disappear like Instagram Stories

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 20, 2020

One question everyone wants to know is: Can you screenshot them? So can you see Twitter Fleets on desktop?

Twitter said that this feature was launched as a result of complaints from Twitter users about the app being so public and they were uncomfortable to Tweet thereby making hard for them to share their opinions and they experienced much pressure on following the permanent Retweets and Likes.

The launch of Fleets followed a trend in social media of disappearing messages, made popular by Snapchat and its self-destructing posts, before Facebook's range of apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, began introducing Stories - collections of posts which disappear after 24 hours.

"If you don't have the feature yet, you may not get it for a few more days", the support team said.

Fleets feature will help users to feel more comfortable to share their fleeting thoughts and easily join a new conversation in a new way.

Photo Illustration by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesCan you screenshot Fleets? Every time someone Fleets for the first time, you'll have to go through the process again.

Can you see Twitter Fleets on desktop
How to mute Fleets from your Twitter feed

Sundar said that in addition to this phenomenon, users who are used to an established platform usually rebel when there is a big change to what they are used to, even if it looks like a feature that the person is already using on another platform.

If users Direct Messages are open, they can receive replies to their Fleets from anyone, and for them to reply to a Fleet, they must tap on the Direct Message. "Text" allows you to share a text post, "Camera Roll" allows you to choose a photo or video from your device's library, "Capture" allows you to take a new photo (or video) and "Video" allows you to record a new video.

You can also share your own or somebody else's tweets in a Fleet.

Tap on the Mute @ account name at the bottom of the screen.

Twitter has also revealed that new Fleets features including stickers and live broadcasting will be available soon.

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