Temporary ‘stories’ have become a fixture on many social media websites. The Twitter version is called ‘Fleets’ and you can use it to create disappearing tweets that contain personal and loose thoughts, opinions and feelings. We̵
What are (are?) Twitter fleets?
As mentioned, Fleets can most easily be described as disappearing tweets. A normal tweet will appear on your timeline forever unless you delete it, but a fleet only lasts 24 hours. Fleets can be text, images, videos or even retweets.
Fleets appear at the top of the Twitter mobile app for Android, iPhone and iPad in the form of profile balloons. A blue ring around a profile means there is a new fleet that you have not seen. A white ring means that you have already viewed all fleets from the account.
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How to Create a Twitter Fleet
First, open the official Twitter app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. You will see the row of Fleets at the top of the screen. Tap “Add” to begin.
At the bottom of the Create Fleet page, there are four tabs:
- “Text”: You can write text on a blank background.
- “Gallery”: Choose an image or video from your local storage.
- “Capture”: Take a new photo.
- “Video”: Record a new video.
For a text fleet, you can tap the center of the screen and start typing. You can adjust the alignment, make the text bold, place a background behind the text, and change the color.
When you choose an image from your gallery, you can change the background color and use the same text tools to write over the image.
A video from the gallery can also be trimmed.
The same tools are available when you take a new photo or record a new video. When your fleet is ready to share, tap “Fleet” in the top right.
Other ways to use fleets
There are a few different things you can do with Fleets. As we mentioned above, you can share Tweets as Fleets. To do this, find a Tweet you want to fleet and tap the share icon.
Select Share in a Fleet from the Share Tweet menu.
The Tweet will appear on the fleet creation screen. You can then change the background color and add text; tap “Fleet” when done.
Another thing you can do is share your fleet as a tweet. You may want to do this if you don’t want it to go away after 24 hours.
First, tap your profile picture in the Fleet row to access your recent fleets.
Tap the down arrow at the top right.
Here you will see the options ‘Tweet this’ or ‘Delete fleet’.
The Twitter compose screen opens. You can add a comment to the fleet before tweeting it.
Short and short stories are popular on social media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram and even YouTube, and now you can join us via Twitter.