Twitter is introducing its version of short-lasting social media à la Instagram Stories, which disappear in 24 hours. The initial release of Fleets began in Brazil, Italy, India and South Korea.
The response has been mixed, although users supposedly feel safer with joining a discussion knowing their Tweets will disappear into the ether, not to be used against them at a later date. Tweeting without repercussions is a rather alluring feature for some.
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The fun in using fleets over tweets is that retribution is less likely and, as many celebrities have learned (looking at you Kevin Hart), being held accountable for old tweets can be a thing of the past.
With Fleets, you can share your thoughts via text, video, or images. Twitter says it will be adding live video and stickers to Fleets soon. The new feature will exist at the top in a row format.
If only we had Fleets these past four years, we would all be better for it. For some (Ahem, Kevin Hart, Hulk Hogan, Lindsay Lohan, etc), the impermanence will be a godsend.
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Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.