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Stories-Like ‘Fleets’ Feature now available in Twitter

Microblogging site Twitter has announced its latest 'fleets' feature for its Indian users. Twitterati have mixed reactions.

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After a successful experiment of fleets in Brazil and Italy, fleets enter a testing phase in India too. This new feature allows users to post audio-visual content on their timeline. It is similar to the stories format offered by social media giants like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. “The fleets disappear after 24 hours, making it a worry-free feature for its uncomfortable tweeters, who feel shy about tweeting any permanent content.” the Twitter official said.

Unlike normal tweets, this feature does not allow likes or retweets. However, one can reply to fleets through a direct message by sending emoji or text. It can be reported as well.

Users can tap on the avatar above their home timeline to see the fleets and swipe right for the next fleets. They can also keep a count on the number of followers who checked on their fleets.

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The company plans for a phased rollout of fleets on twitter for IOS and android devices in the coming days through app updates.

The idea behind this feature is to make users more comfortable in sharing what’s on their mind. “They have seen a spike in conversation and tweets ever since they first introduced this feature in brazil “, as per one official.

Currently, fleets are available only on the Twitter mobile app. Accessing fleets using a website via a laptop is not possible in the current version.

Did this new feature appeal to the Twitterati ??

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Well, of course, social media had mixed reactions.

Some were light-headed critics while the majority took on hilarious desi memes.

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While Twitter works to bring out its new feature, the network marketing giant LinkedIn is not far behind. LinkedIn had been testing its story-like feature since February end this year.

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