Twitter has done what many expected (or feared) after the different movements of the company to reinforce the number of options when sharing content on its network. Twitter has added fleeting stories, which disappear in just 24 hours and are already present in many networks today. The difference is that here They are called ‘Fleets’.
The fleets are, as we have already said, stories that disappear within 24 hours of being posted. They are at the top of, for now, mobile apps as Twitter is enabling them, so it may be that you do not have them yet available and you have to wait for something else. Be that as it may, we are going to tell you everything you can do with them right now.
Where are the fleets
Fleets are at the top of the Twitter app on both iOS and Android
As we have already mentioned, Twitter is enabling fleets by regions and user groups, so it may be a matter of waiting a bit until you have them active. Yes, at the moment they only appear in mobile apps for iOS and Android, They are not even present on the mobile version of your website, much less on the desktop.
Except for Twitter’s steering wheel, the fleets will only be in their official apps
You have to remember that, at least for the moment, fleets will be limited to the official apps of the platform (as well as other features like surveys and others), so they will not appear in third-party apps. Talon, Tweetbot and company will not have fleets in their applications unless Twitter decides to open access through its API. But, for now, it won’t be like that.
Once the fleets are active, locating them is very simple, as in other apps such as Instagram or Facebook, appear at the top of the screen. To the far left is the button to create them, then ours appear (if we have created one that is still active) and then those of the users we follow. Fleets are placed by novelty, so the last ones to be created come out first, even if they drag the list of oldest fleets of the same user. You already know that if you create a Fleet, you go to the top of your followers list.
How I see and interact with other people’s fleets
If the circle is gray, there are no new fleets. If it’s blue, more content is pending.
Seeing them is as easy as click on the avatar of the user who created them (Users with fleets that we have not seen yet are marked with a blue circle, and those with nothing new to show in gray) and begin to visualize them. As with other services, text fleets and so on last 15 seconds on the screen before automatically moving to the next one.
As in other similar apps, there are ways to alter this 15 second current per fleet (except videos). If we leave the finger pressed on them, they pause, with a touch we go to the next one and with a slide to the right or left we can go from one user to the next or the previous one. This way we will have a more exact control of the speed at which we consume them, if we decide to do so.
The reply box to the fleets of others (text or emojis) and the options to report or silence.
Once inside a fleet, Twitter offers us various options. At the top, for example, we have an arrow pointing down on the right side. With that arrow we make the options of ‘Report Fleet‘if we think it is offensive or of’Mute ‘ to not see more fleets of the user that we are seeing at that moment. If we do not want the fleets of this or that user to appear in our header, we can silence them instead of unfollowing him directly.
We can answer fleets with text or emojis, and this answer will arrive by DM to its creator
At the bottom of the fleet we find the text ‘Send a message’ that allows us to write directly to the user, and Twitter relates our message to the fleet that we are seeing at that moment. The message will be sent as a direct message and will work like these. That is, if the user has not authorized the direct messages, he may not receive it, or he will need to authorize it so that we can contact him. Like a lifelong DM.
Too we can choose to react with an emoji And for that we have a button for emojis in the lower right part of the app. When pressed we will see emojis to react with a laugh, to surprise us, cry, show affection, mark with an ‘onfire’, approve or disapprove. Like text messages, this reaction will reach the other as a direct message in the app and will follow the same rules.
Twitter options with your own fleets: delete them, convert them into tweets or know who has seen them
Finally, and before moving on to creation, we are going to talk about what we can do with the fleets that we have already created and published. Accessing them we will see at the bottom the users who have already seen it (a touch on these names will display a complete list), and going to the upper drop-down (the one with complaints) will allow us delete the fleet or convert the fleet itself into a tweet and share it on our timeline. As we can see, Twitter feeds the sections of its app with each other.
Twitter lets us turn our fleets into tweets and vice versa. Everything is used here.
Can we share other people’s fleets in our own fleets thread? At the moment Twitter has not enabled this option although we assume that the functionality will evolve over time. We will soon have more news on fleets, we are sure of it.
How I create my own fleets
Create text fleets, with your own photos, other people’s or video
Finally, we are going to tell you how you can create your own fleets in Twitter mobile apps. Y its creation is quite simple because the functionality is quite new and we hardly have any options at our disposal. We suppose that the color filters and with effects will end up arriving sooner or later, but for now the fleets are quite cut in options when it comes to creating one.
Fleets is very new so the options are limited: there are no stickers, gifs, geolocation, etc.
From the outset, we have various ways to create a new fleet on Twitter. We can create it by hand, or we can convert a tweet in front of us into a fleet thanks to the fact that Twitter has enabled a function within its share menu. To do this, simply open the tweet that we want to make fleet, click on the share button and choose ‘Share on a Fleet’.
When sharing an entire tweet as a fleet, the tweet is previewed in post
And here several options are opened: the tweets are shared in full, with a complete preview in the fleet, but if we do the same with a photograph, for example, of a group, what we will get when sharing will be the link to it. The same will happen when sharing videos. So let’s keep in mind that full tweets are shared with preview but attachments to tweets become a link.
The first option we mentioned was to create a fleet by hand and this is done pressing the upper left button of the app, next to our user. The button has, by the way, replaced our avatar which is now hidden in the side menu). If we press this button we open the part of creating fleets which, as we said before, for now is quite basic.
The four options to create a fleet from scratch
From the outset, Twitter automatically displays our phone image gallery to see if we want to share something of it in the fleet, although at the bottom we have more options: Text (to create a fleet of text), Gallery (what we have mentioned), Capture (to open the camera app and take a snapshot at that moment) and Video (to open the camera app and capture a video to send to the fleet).
Text options are limited for now: align, highlight or turn on bold
Once we have chosen the option (for example, to share an existing text or photograph) we have the composition window in front of us. There we can press on the screen so that Twitter allows us to write by automatically activating the telephone keyboard. We have a few text editing tools like choosing the alignment, activating the bold, highlighting the text with an outer box or changing the color of this highlighting or highlighting. By pressing ‘Done’ we will sew the text to the fleet, although we can edit it without problems by clicking on it again.
Creating text fleets with Twitter
At the bottom we also have an ‘Aa’ button to add text that later reposition, and to its left there is a circle that helps us color the background of the fleet with different patterns predefined by Twitter. When we share a photo we can also choose the background, or simply use two fingers to rotate, enlarge or move it and thus decide what our fleet will look like. When it comes to sharing photos, Twitter offers us an ‘Alt’ button to write an alternative text that helps the blind or screen-reading tools.
And that’s all for now. By pressing the ‘Fleet’ button we will publish it and make it available to anyone who follows us or visits our profile. Remember that fleets disappear automatically after 24 hours. For now, Twitter has not enabled an archive section in which to consult those that have disappeared, but perhaps we will soon see one enabled in our profile or in its options.