Twitter Finally Gives Into the Stories Format

Posted on March 4, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Social with 8 Comments

Instagram’s Stories format, which the company copied from Snapchat, made a huge splash last decade. And as you’d expect, every other app in the world started copying that idea. It started showing up on Facebook, and if that wasn’t enough, even LinkedIn is getting Stories soon.

Twitter, on the other hand, has been a little reluctant on adding a Stories-like format to its social network. The company is rumored to have been working on a Stories-like format for more than a year, and it’s now testing a new feature called Fleets.

Twitter Fleets is a Stories-like format that introduces the ability to send disappearing tweets. Like stories, fleets disappear after 24 hours, and they only show up at the top of the timeline. Twitter’s experience for viewing fleets seems a little different from the usual stories experience, and that’s probably a good thing.

Unlike regular tweets, users will not be able to like/retweet/reply to fleets, and you can only reply or react to fleets via direct messages. “People often tell us that they don’t feel comfortable Tweeting because Tweets can be seen and replied to by anybody, feel permanent and performative (how many Likes & Retweets will this get!?,” said Kayvon Beykpour, who’s the product lead at Twitter.

I, for one, really love this idea, and can’t wait for Twitter to roll it out to everyone. The feature is currently only being tested with users in Brazil, however. It will be interesting to see how fleets will work on Twitter on the desktop and web, though. But more importantly, I am very curious to see how people who don’t follow you can view your fleets. It’s possible Twitter will completely disallow people from viewing your fleets until they start following you. We shall see.

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8 responses to “Twitter Finally Gives Into the Stories Format”

  1. darkgrayknight

    This will actually be a pretty interesting addition to Twitter. We'll see how it goes.

  2. jimchamplin

    The entire "stories" thing is something that a bunch of old white businessmen like.

    That's why it spreads among social media.

    phpBB still has no such feature because "stories" suck ass. I don't want to know about some algorithmic "story"

    I just want an unfiltered view of what's happening on the forum I give a shit about. Fuck algorithms.

    How about we just burn down this whole social garbage? Do we actually need businessmen controlling the internet?


    We need to rip the .org domain from the hands of those who bought it. Do I care if they "lose money?" NO.

    They don't deserve to be able to pay for it. Their punishment should be to lose BILLIONS. Also, they should be put in prison.

    It's hilarious to see people like those shitty ponzi scheme fraudsters rot in prison.

  3. sam1232

    this is indeed a big news

  4. Chris_Kez

    You can only DM people that follow you or people who have their DM's open to everyone; in my experience most people do not have open DM's. The net result will be that most Fleets, for most people, will be a one-way experience, with no opportunity for engagement. If tweets are a conversation, fleets are more like a book or a movie.

    I wonder if Twitter will allow users to turn off replies to Tweets at some point, just as YouTube allows you to turn off comments for videos. What are the implications for Twitter as a platform if there is a shift away from direct interaction among users?

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