The hashtag ‘RIPTwitter’ is currently trending on the social media platform after tests began on its own version of Stories, called Fleets.
Stories have been with us for quite some time now, and Twitter is joining the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Snapchat as they began testing, Fleets, a platform where you can upload photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.
Unlike normal tweets, Fleets do not receive retweets, likes or public replies. Users can only react or respond to them with direct messages, just like Instagram’s Stories feature.
Fleets will not appear on people’s Twitter timelines like regular tweets. Instead, they can be viewed by tapping on someone’s avatar.
Twitter’s new feature raises questions over how it will handle misinformation in disappearing posts. Though the inability to retweet, like or reply will surely limit a post’s potential reach, it could still be widely seen, especially if the user has a large following.
A lot of users have since been criticizing the feature, as they see the social media platform losing its uniqueness as a result.