As the social networking giant reveals on its page on Tuesday (November 17), Twitter is debuting its ‘Fleet’ functionality.
The burden of racking likes and retweets on permanent tweets is acknowledged by product manager Sam Haveson and design director Joshua Harris. Twitter announced ‘Fleet,’ a similar function to Instagram and Snapchat, to fix the problem.
“Fleets are for sharing momentary thoughts – they help start conversations and only stick around for 24 hours,” Haveson and Harris write.
Before Instagram introduced it in 2016, Snapchat invented the 24-hour-long model. Not too long after, Facebook, the parent company of Instagram, also carried out the same function, followed by LinkedIn, as social networking professionals.
This is not, in reality, the only revolutionary innovation that Twitter has carried out this year. Twitter has previously launched a tool that lets users tweet voice notes that have been registered.
What does ‘Fleet’ mean?
Fleet has the same characteristics as Snapchat and Instagram posts, as mentioned above.
People may exchange tweets, photographs and videos, and after 24 hours, they will vanish. Like Instagram, Fleets will surface on top of the app’s dashboard, and on the desktop, it’s yet to come.
The blog reads, “Fleets have made people feel more relaxed expressing personal and informal opinions, experiences and emotions.”
Twitter users in many countries such as Brazil, Italy, India and South Korea were among the first trialists of the Fleet functionality back in March this year.
Warnings and labels would still be introduced on fleets, such as those we saw in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic and the latest US presidential elections.
For its convenience, Twitter is known. The microblogging platform only requires users to tweet below 140 characters before doubling it to 280 characters in 2017. Twitter is distinct from all other social network because of this basic function. Back then, the advertisement was hard to come by. But, now it appears to be everywhere.
Fleet, this latest function, is extraordinarily far from simplicity.
Social networking giants, including Twitter, have come under scrutiny at the same time to build a forum for freedom of expression and a secure online harassment and bullying site. This Fleet feature is among the options to help the cause, along with a couple of other features rolled out before.
Since its publication, however, Fleet has met with very mixed user reactions. Several meme-filed the judgment.
The software giant has announced Spaces, his newest job. It’s a live audio feature that enables people in group chat chats to speak anonymously, and the beta is coming soon.
Twitter announced that “women and traditionally disadvantaged groups” would be the first trialists for the feature due to safety issues.