Twitter is testing stories, rebranded as ‘Fleets’, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the ephemeral nature of the stories and the name of Twitter’s messages.
Unlike regular tweets, Fleets disappear in 24 hours and are not able to get retweets, likes or public replies. Fleets can only be reacted to with DMs. Similar to Instagram, you can view Fleets by tapping on the avatar or profile.
The announcement was made a few days ago, by twitter product lead and it appears twitter users are not pleased with the announcement, hence trending the hashtag #RIPTwitter.
Even though Stories is one of the most important ways that people on social media share their lives online, users believe that Twitter shouldn’t copy other social networks like Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to join the bandwagon.
The feature is already being tested in Brazil on Android and iOS and may be tested in other countries in the coming weeks.