We knew it was coming, but we didn̵
Twitter began testing Fleets in March 2020. The feature, which I safely call a Stories clone, should help users have fun on Twitter without posting permanent, public messages. You cannot retweet or comment on Fleets, although you can respond to them with emojis or a quick DM.
Just like Instagram or Snapchat Stories, Fleets makes it easy to edit photos or videos with text and emoji. The built-in editor is pretty simple, but it could make Fleets the go-to method for sharing photos and videos on Twitter.
That thing you didn’t tweet, but wanted to, but didn’t, but got so close, but then was like nah.
We now have a place for that: Fleets!
Available to everyone from today. pic.twitter.com/auQAHXZMfH
– Twitter (@Twitter) November 17, 2020
Twitter also says it is testing audio chat rooms where people with friends and strangers can chew the fat. Audio chat rooms, which are similar to Clubhouse or Discord voice chats, seem like a strange direction for the text-based Twitter platform. Public chat rooms are a lot harder to moderate than Tweets, and to be fair, Twitter users don’t seem very interested in the new Voice Tweets feature that just launched two months ago.
Fleets is now rolling out to all Twitter users, but the feature is only available on mobile devices. Twitter has not announced a release for its audio chat rooms feature, but the company may be testing audio chat rooms for select users in the near future.