Twitter, the popular social media platform, has introduced a new feature called Fleets, which allows users to share ephemeral content that disappears after 24 hours. Similar to Instagram’s Stories, Fleets offer a new way to engage with your followers and share fleeting thoughts. This article will guide you on how to use Twitter’s Fleets effectively, whether you’re a seasoned Twitter user or a newbie to the platform.

Understanding Twitter’s Fleets

Fleets are Twitter’s answer to the ‘Stories’ feature found on other social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. Fleets allow you to share text, photos, videos, or even tweets that disappear after 24 hours. They appear at the top of your followers’ Twitter feeds, making them a great way to share timely content or thoughts that you don’t want to remain on your profile permanently.

How to Create a Fleet

Creating a Fleet is simple. On your Twitter home screen, you’ll see a row of circles at the top. Click on the circle with your profile picture and a ‘+’ sign. This will open the Fleet creation screen where you can type text, share a photo or video, or even fleet a tweet. Once you’re done, click ‘Fleet’ to share it with your followers.

Adding Media to Your Fleet

You can make your Fleets more engaging by adding media. To add a photo or video, click on the camera icon at the bottom of the Fleet creation screen. You can either take a new photo or video or choose one from your gallery. You can also add GIFs or stickers to your Fleet by clicking on the respective icons.

Fleeting a Tweet

One unique feature of Fleets is the ability to fleet a tweet. This means you can share a tweet in your Fleet, whether it’s your own tweet or someone else’s. To do this, go to the tweet you want to fleet, click on the share icon, and select ‘Share in a Fleet’. You can add your comments or reactions to the tweet before you fleet it.

Viewing and Interacting with Fleets

Fleets appear at the top of your Twitter feed. To view a Fleet, simply click on a circle. Fleets play in the order they were posted, and you can tap to move to the next Fleet. If you want to react to a Fleet, you can send a direct message to the person who posted it by clicking on the ‘Send a Message’ option at the bottom of the Fleet.

Privacy and Safety with Fleets

Just like tweets, Fleets follow the privacy settings of your Twitter account. If your account is public, anyone can see your Fleets. If your account is private, only your followers can see them. Remember, even though Fleets disappear after 24 hours, they can still be screenshot or screen recorded, so be mindful of what you share.

In conclusion, Fleets offer a new way to engage with your Twitter audience. They allow you to share timely content, fleeting thoughts, or highlight tweets in a more casual and ephemeral way. Whether you’re a business looking to promote a limited-time offer, an influencer sharing behind-the-scenes content, or an individual sharing your daily thoughts, Fleets can be a valuable addition to your Twitter strategy. Remember to use them wisely and responsibly, keeping in mind your audience and the nature of the content you’re sharing. Happy fleeting!


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