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Twitter experiments with tweets that expire (they are basically Instagram stories)

March 5, 2020

The so-called “fleets” expire every 24 hours and will only be visible when a user clicks on their avatar.

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This story originally appeared on PCMag

Twitter experiments with tweets that expire (they are basically Instagram stories)Twitter experiments with tweets that expire (they are basically Instagram stories)

Are you afraid of tweeting something you may regret? Twitter is experimenting with a possible solution: in Brazil, the company is beginning to offer tweets that disappear, which will expire from public view in 24 hours.

“People often tell us that they don't feel comfortable tweeting because anyone can see and respond to their messages, they feel permanent,” Twitter product leader Kayvon Beykpour announced Wednesday.

The “Fleets” function is an experimental platform designed to share your “fleeting thoughts” on the social media platform. However, these expiring tweets will not appear on your main timeline as a normal message does. Users will have to search your fleets by touching your profile picture.

Image: Twitter

If this reminds you a lot of the “Stories” feature on Instagram , well, you're not wrong. As part of the test, Twitter plans to add a new bar on its homepage, which will allow you to easily access all the fleets that the people you are still publishing.

Image: Twitter

“Yes, there are many similarities with the Stories format that will be familiar to people,” Beykpour said. “(But) there are also some intentional differences for the experience to focus more on sharing and seeing people's thoughts.”

Image: Twitter

According to the Twitter blog post about the function , the company wants to make fleets mainly based on text, although they may include videos, GIFs and photos. The other big difference with is that other users will not be able to retweet, like or respond to them. “People can only react to your fleets with a DM,” Beykpour added.

For now, the experimental function will only be available in iOS and Android applications for Twitter in Brazil. If the test goes well, the company will consider wearing fleets to other markets.

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