Social media giant Twitter announced that it would be starting a new sharing format within Twitter called "Fleets." "Fleets" is a new stories-like feature similar to those of its competitor's Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and YouTube and recently announced Spotify.
While light years of innovation behind its competitor's Activist fund, Elliott Management believes Twitter has not lived up to its full potential. The investment firm sites the lack of change is due to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's lack of focus while working on side projects that include his CEO job title at cash app platform Square.
Here's what we know about Fleets so far:
- The first testing of the new feature is not yet available to all of the Twitter community. Currently, the platform is being tested exclusively in Brazil for a short-lived period. Testers in Brazil will see a few changes to their display that includes a rounded profile icon right at the top of their Timeline when accessing Twitter's mobile app representing the Stories like feature.
- The first icon featured as a thought bubble will display your profile photo with a "+" button below the profile photo to compose a Fleet.
- Contrary to Twitter's regular functionalities, Fleet will not allow you to retweet, reply, or like the stories and will disappear after 24 hours of being posted.
- Fleets are not non-public but a little less accessible to Twitter users and can be searched by other Twitter users even if they don't follow them.
- Twitter "Fleets" will not show up in Moments or Search features, be broadcasted in Twitter's network, nor able to be embedded on any external websites. This semi-private feature will help curb the uncomfortable public nature of Tweeting to those who are a little less open to sharing their content with the world.
- Users can post multiple Fleets at once, with followers able to view Fleets using various gestures. Followers can view numerous Fleet posts from one user by using a swipe down gesture to advance through a user's feed or to move to the next persons' Fleets by swiping left.
- At the initial launch, users will be able to post videos up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds long, with Whitelisted publishers able to publish videos up to 10 minutes.
- During CES 2020, Twitter said it would test new controls that would allow Fleet users to choose their audience.
Stay tuned as we learn more about the future of Twitter and when "Fleets" will become available to the worldwide Twitter platform.