Social media giant Twitter is piloting a new stories function on its interface, possibly joining the likes of Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. So far it seems the one real difference will be that Twitter has a completely different name for it: Fleets.
Fleets is a combination of the words “fleeting” and “tweet”, Hypebeast explained.
In their blog post, Twitter elaborated more on the feature – how it works, why it’s being added and why it’s only being piloted in Brazil at the moment.
“Since Brazil is one of the countries where people talk the most on Twitter, with many of you passionate about talking and following other Brazilians on the platform, we are excited to test the new functionality here,” they stated.
The purpose of the feature is to allow users to feel more in control of what they put out and to also lessen the pressure of being judged for their thoughts.
Just like everything else on the social-media platform, the news was quick to spread and trend. The hashtag #RIPTwitter has been the leading hashtag connected to the launch.
It seems many users aren’t too excited about the new function. #RIPTwitter came to being after users started pointing out the things that make Twitter unique. Tweeps have now come to the conclusion that with the addition of Fleets, it will end up like all the other social-media platforms.
Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of Periscope, sent out a series of tweets explaining the reasoning behind the new function being launched.
“We’ve been listening to this feedback and working to create new capabilities that address some of the anxieties that hold people back from talking on Twitter,” Beykpour tweeted. He further explained what this feature is all about and how it differs from the story feature on other platforms.
The Periscope CEO continued to stay optimistic about the new function and, just like almost everyone else, is waiting to see how users in Brazil are going to react to using the function. The official Twitter account has not yet commented on the function that could possibly be made available to other countries.