Twitter Tests Disappearing Feature Called “Fleets”

Buzzfeed News reports:

On Wednesday, Twitter will begin testing a feature, called “Fleets,” that will allow you to post photos, videos, and text that disappear after a short period of time. If it sounds familiar, that’s because it’s nothing other than the long-awaited debut of stories on the social platform.

When Snapchat invented stories in 2013, people loved the way they could use the feature to share things without worry, and the app became a major hit. As a result, every social app began to copy it. “People have told us in early research that because Fleets disappear, they feel more willing to share casual, everyday thoughts,” Twitter said on Wednesday.

“We hope that people who don’t usually feel comfortable Tweeting use Fleets to share musings about what’s on their mind.” Fleets cannot be retweeted or liked, the company said. They support text, GIFs, videos, and photos.