What Are Twitter Fleets And How To Create Them: Enjoy This New Feature Of Twitter

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What are Twitter Fleets? Similar to Instagram and Snapchat Stories, Fleets are like a temporary version of Tweets. They disappear after 24 hours, can’t receive public replies, and can’t be liked or retweeted. However, you can reply to a Fleet by direct message.

To remain the most popular micro-blogging site, Twitter has to make changes to keep things fresh over the years (such as updating their logo). One of their latest additions is Twitter Fleets. Do you hesitate to share thoughts and feelings via Tweets that will soon be irrelevant? If so, you may enjoy creating Fleets like this one: 

New fleet

In this tutorial, I’ll explain what Fleets are and how to create them.

What Are Twitter Fleets?

According to Twitter, Twitter Fleets are for sharing “fleeting or transitory thoughts.” As with Snapchat and Instagram Stories, they disappear after 24 hours. However, Twitter stores Fleets for up to 30 days (or longer if they violate rules). 

Fleets may include text, images, GIFs, or videos. Unlike Tweets, Fleets can’t be retweeted, liked, or receive public replies. However, you can send a direct message response to a Fleet’s author by tapping the Send a Message button or emoji icon. 

Anyone can respond to your Fleets if your direct messages are open. If they’re closed, only users you follow can respond.

How To Create Twitter Fleets With Video

Since it’s new feature, you may need to update your Twitter app to use Fleets.

Once you’ve done that, watch our video tutorial:

In case you prefer step-by-step instructions, here’s how to make Fleets:

Creating Text Fleets

1. To create a Fleet, begin by tapping the Add icon

Add fleet icon

2. You’ll be taken to this screen. Make sure Text is selected.

Choose text and share a fleeting thought

3. Tap “Share a fleeting thought…” and type your Fleet.

Typing fleet

4. Use this button to align your text to the left, center, or right.

Paragraph button when composing a tweet

5. This button makes your text skinny, regular-sized, or bold.

Bold button when composing a tweet

6. This button highlights your text.

Highlight button when composing a tweet

7. This button colors your text or its highlight.

Color button when composing a tweet

8. When you’re finished editing the text, tap Done.

Done button when typing fleet

9. You can drag the text to a different position. To start your Fleet over, drag it into the trash can.

You can drag the text to a different position

10. To make the text diagonal, place a fingertip on each side of the text and turn it.

To make the text diagonal, place a fingertip on each side of the text and turn it

11. To make the text bigger or smaller, place a fingertip on each side of the text and move them outwards or inwards, respectively. 

Make the text bigger or smaller by placing fingertip on side of the text and move outwards or inwards

12. Use this button to change the background color.

Use this button to change the background color.

13. To publish your Fleet, tap Fleet.

To publish your Fleet, tap Fleet

Creating Gallery Fleets

1. To Fleet an image from your gallery, slide to gallery mode.

To Fleet an image from your gallery, slide to gallery mode

2. Tap an image.

Tap an image in the gallery

3. You can Fleet it as is…

Fleet the photo as is

4. Drag the image to a new location…

Drag the image to a new location

5. Change the background color…

6. Add an image description by tapping ALT…

Add an image description by tapping ALT

7. And/or add text.

And/or add text

8. When done, tap Fleet.

When done, tap Fleet

Creating Capture Fleets

1. To create a new photo Fleet, slide to Capture.

To create a new photo Fleet, slide to Capture

2. This button turns flash on and off.

This button turns flash on and off

3. This button switches between your phone’s rear and front-facing cameras.

This button switches between your phone’s rear and front-facing cameras

4. Take a picture with this button.

Take a picture with this button

5. Drag it to a new location, if you’d like.

Drag it to a new location, if you’d like

6. You can also change the background color, add text, or add an image description.

You can also change the background color, add text, or add an image description

7. Fleet the image when you’re ready.

Fleet the image when you’re ready

Creating Video Fleets

1. Slide to video mode.

Slide to video mode

2. As with capture Fleets, you can change the flash setting or camera direction.

As with capture Fleets, you can change the flash setting or camera direction

3. Tap the red button to record. Tap it again to stop recording.

Tap the red button to record and tap it again to stop recording

4. Use this button to turn the sound on or off.

Use this button to turn the sound on or off

5. Fleet the video when ready.

Fleet the video when ready

FAQs

What is a fleet on Twitter?

Unlike a Tweet, a Fleet lasts 24 hours. However, Twitter may hold it for up to 30 days (or longer if it breaks a rule). Nobody can like, retweet, or comment on a Fleet, although you can respond by direct message to the author.

How do you get fleets on Twitter?

To create a Fleet, begin by tapping the Add icon at the top of your screen. Decide whether your Fleet will be text-only, a gallery image, a freshly-taken photo, or a video. Customize it to your liking and tap Fleet.

That’s How You Create Twitter Fleets!

Some thoughts and feelings won’t stay relevant for long. But by using Twitter fleets, you can express yourself frequently without flooding your profile with low-significance Tweets. 

Since Fleets only last 24 hours, you don’t have to delete them. And because people can only respond to them by direct message, Fleets offer more privacy than regular public Tweets.

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