Twitter has confirmed it’s testing a new feature called Fleets, similar to Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat stories.
Kayvon Beykpour, product lead at Twitter, made the announcement and previewed how it will look.
Kayvon tweeted, “Fleets are a way of sharing fleeting thoughts. Unlike Tweets, Fleets disappear after 24 hours and don’t get retweets, likes or public replies – people can only react to your Fleets with DM’s. Instead of showing up in people’s timelines, Fleets are viewed by tapping on your Avatar.”
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.
It remains to be seen whether this initial negative response will have an impact on the implementation of this new feature moving forward.