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Twitter Announces Stories Feature, #RIPTwitter Trends Worldwide

Twitter confirmed it’s testing a new feature, called Fleets, which is similar to Instagram and Snapchat stories.

Kayvon Beykpour, product lead at Twitter, made the announcement and previewed how it will look.

As Beykpour explains, this is what makes Fleets different from composing regular tweets:

  • Fleets disappear after 24 hours
  • Fleets cannot be retweeted or liked
  • Fleets cannot be replied to publicly
  • Fleets can only be reacted to via DM

You can see the similarities between stories and Twitter’s new don’t-call-it-stories feature.

Also, like stories, Fleets can only be accessed by tapping on a user’s avatar. Fleets will not show up in the regular timeline, so they shouldn’t be too obtrusive for people who strongly dislike story-type content.

It should also be noted that Fleets are in the early testing stages and will only be available in Brazil for now.

However, that hasn’t stopped Fleets from receiving a fair share of criticism. In fact, the announcement immediately created an uproar that caused the hashtag #RIPTwitter to trend worldwide.

Peoples’ criticism primarily stems from the fact that Fleets is a feature no one asked for. Whereas requests for features like an edit button, on the other hand, continue to go ignored.

Why is Twitter Doing This?

According to Twitter’s announcement, the company is doing this in an effort to make people more comfortable with sharing content on Twitter.

Apparently, some users are put off by the fact that tweets can be replied to by anybody and have metrics associated with them such as likes and retweets.

Users also say that tweets feel more permanent, even though they can be manually deleted at any point in time.

In an effort to address the reservations people have about tweeting, Twitter will be testing this new Fleets feature.

The test begins today on iOS and Android in Brazil only. Presumably, if the feature tests well, it will be expanded to other countries in time.

Source: Kayvon Beykpour on Twitter

SEJ STAFF Matt G. Southern Senior News Writer at Search Engine Journal

Matt G. Southern, Senior News Writer, has been with Search Engine Journal since 2013. With a bachelor’s degree in communications, ...

Twitter Announces Stories Feature, #RIPTwitter Trends Worldwide

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