#RIPTwitter: Have you ever wanted Twitter to be like Snapchat or Instagram? Where you tweet something and it vanishes after 24 hours. Twitter’s new feature ‘Fleets’ are meant to ease the pressure behind sharing your thoughts and feelings. Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour announced that Twitter would be testing Fleets — temporary Tweets that will disappear after 24 hours. “We’re hoping that Fleets can help people share the fleeting thoughts that they would have been unlikely to Tweet,” Beykpour Tweeted. Also Read - Criticising State Govt Now Criminal? Twitter Calls Mumbai Police's Gag Order 'Unacceptable'
This new feature ‘Fleets’ will only allow people to reply to Fleets through reactions or DMs — they can’t comment on them. And they don’t even show up on your regular Twitter feed. To see someone’s Fleets, you have to tap on their avatar at the top of your screen. In addition to posting a message, you can also post a GIF, photo, or video. The test, which rolled out the same day, is currently only available in Brazil. Also Read - Google Is Giving Rs 75,000 to Every Employee To Buy Furniture, Laptop For WFH & We Sure Are Jealous!
This change encouraged users to create hashtag #RIPTwitter to trend. Users complained the new feature would make the micro-blogging site too similar to other social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. Snapchat pioneered the concept of stories that disappear after 24 hours in 2013, and many platforms have since released their own versions. Also Read - Viral Video: Family Picnic Turns Sour as 12-Year-Old Boy Comes Out of Woods Followed by Bear, Here's What Happened Next
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The ‘Fleets’ feature comes just weeks after Twitter acquired Chroma Labs, a startup offering templates and editing tools to make Stories stand out. It was started by former Facebook and Instagram employees who worked on features including building Instagram Stories and Boomerang.