Twitter has always been a social media service that is difficult to explain. To outsiders, the concept of a tweet doesn’t make much sense. However, once you try Twitter, it can be one of the most engaging and dynamic social networks around.
Twitter itself has also changed frequently over the years. It introduced longer tweets, threads, polls, GIFs, videos, and more. The last change in the service is the addition of the so-called “park”.
What is Twitter Fleet? The answer is a bit complicated, but we’re going to make it as simple as possible.
What is Twitter Fleet?
Fleet is an alternative tweet type. It is not included in the regular timeline of other users. Instead, it must be viewed from a separate dedicated section of the mobile application. The most important aspect of Fleets is, as the name suggests, that they are fleeting. Your fleets will disappear after 24 hours.
Fleets cannot be retweeted and have no public feedback. If someone responds to the fleet, it will appear as a direct message. Assuming that person can DM you.
Why do fleets exist?
Twitter official post of the fleet explains on his blog that Fleets is designed to address the perceived discomfort some people experience when tweeting. These users feel that tweets are too public and may feel uncomfortable sending certain tweets.
Apparently, Twitter wants people to stay on the site rather than switch to Snapchat or WhatsApp to share more intimate content with a smaller, more personal circle of followers. From our perspective, Fleets essentially offer a parallel social media platform that offers some of the feel and functionality of competing services. Right now, they don’t seem to intersect with Twitter itself.
What can you transport?
While you can’t use hashtags or @ anyone on Fleet, you can share text, videos, GIFs, and photos. The text in this case can mean two different things. In the image (not the video), you can place the words anywhere on the park, choosing different colors and formatting. Another type of text you can add is “alt” text. This is a text signature that is not superimposed on Fleet, but which users can read as a separate piece of text.
How to send a fleet
At the time of writing, Fleet is only available on iOS and Android mobile apps. It is not available in desktop browsers or the iPad app. Sending a fleet is easy. Here is the process:
- First, go to yours homemade food.
- Scroll up if necessary.
- You will see a bar with a circular profile picture representing the fleets.
- Select the highlighted camera icon to add.
- Now choose between Text, Gallery, Capture or Video as your content type.
- Create or add content.
- When you’re ready, choose Fleet.
You can also share a tweet with Fleet! Try saying “Tweet in a Fleet” ten times quickly. We failed miserably when we tried.
To share a tweet with a group, select share button and then select Share in the fleet version. Here you still have the option to add text to include your opinion or comment before clicking Fleet button
By the way, you don’t have to wait for the 24 hour period to end to get rid of the fleet. Just tap your profile picture in the Fleets panel. Then use the drop-down menu in the upper right corner to select Delete the fleet.
Interaction with other fleets
To see fleets sent by other people, you’ll want to visit two places. The Fleets panel where you create your own Fleets will also display profile pictures of other users you follow and their latest Fleets.
Select any of their images to see their fleet. If you have permission to DM them, you will be able to leave a fleet message that they will see as a direct message. You can also just reply with an emoji.
You can also see someone’s fleets by going to their profile page and tapping their profile picture. If there are fleets, the image will have a blue border.
Fleets are a great way to start a personal one-on-one conversation with someone, so if you don’t want to start a deeper chat, think twice about replying to a Fleet.
The best types of auto content
With new content types like Fleets, it can be difficult to decide what to do with them. So what’s your fleet?
First, don’t feel pressured to use fleets. If your main reason for being on Twitter is to connect with people and share things publicly, then Twitter Fleets is not for you.
Think about who will see the Fleet. This could be someone manually checking your fleets on your profile page, or a follower seeing it in the fleets panel. These users will be interested in more personal tweets.
Have something cool for lunch? It’s better as a fleet. Caught your cat with a strange face? It’s also good as a Fleet. Of course, many Fleet pioneers will quickly find out what works best as a Fleet. So the best strategy is to check out other people’s fleets to get a feel for the right vibe.
As mentioned above, Twitter Fleets are more likely to start personal conversations with people. So it’s a good place to post things that ask questions or are meant to be answered.
Finally, take advantage of consecutive fleets to tell a story. Several floats actually turn into slideshows, opening up a lot of creative possibilities.
What NOT to post on Twitter
Even though Fleets can be deleted every other day, this is no excuse to post questionable content or inappropriate opinions with them. Parks might not show up in a future audit of your social media history, but someone could easily take a screenshot and post it on regular Twitter. In short, the Navy is not a license to be a horrible person online without consequence. You have been warned!
To float or not to float
It’s easy to get excited about a new social media feature. Everyone wants to try it and the first few days will be a little awkward. Eventually, people will understand how to best use fleets.
Chances are, what they end up being popular for won’t be what the people on Twitter intended. That is, if they remain at all. Experimental features of social networks are more likely to disappear quietly than they become popular.
Anyway, there’s no downside to completely ignoring fleets for now. Because of the way they are designed, they are not very useful for social media influence. So anyone using Twitter to grow an audience will find their appeal limited. On the other hand, if you’ve been lurking on Twitter, Fleets might be just what you’ve been waiting for to share your thoughts semi-privately. Let us know how it works for you.