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Twitter starts testing its own version of Stories, called "Fleets," which disappear after 24 hours and can't receive likes, retweets, or replies

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  1. [5]
    Eabryt
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    But why though? Can't wait to never see these because I don't use the official Twitter app and don't even get polls.

    But why though?

    Can't wait to never see these because I don't use the official Twitter app and don't even get polls.

    10 votes
    1. [4]
      Deimos
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      I think it's actually a really good idea. A lot of issues with Twitter come up because people treat it as though it's effectively ephemeral, but then their random jokes get dug up later and...

      I think it's actually a really good idea. A lot of issues with Twitter come up because people treat it as though it's effectively ephemeral, but then their random jokes get dug up later and treated like some kind of considered statement.

      There are plenty of good, informative tweets, but I bet over 99% of tweets could easily be deleted after 24 hours without anything useful being lost. Almost all of them are made as offhand comments/reactions in the moment, almost like a chat room. They don't need to be kept around forever.

      18 votes
      1. Eabryt
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        I suspect this is true for 99% of social media posts in general. That's a good point though, reactions to high-emotion events like sports could certainly be a good use case.

        but I bet over 99% of tweets could easily be deleted after 24 hours without anything useful being lost.

        I suspect this is true for 99% of social media posts in general.

        That's a good point though, reactions to high-emotion events like sports could certainly be a good use case.

        6 votes
      2. ryanatkn
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        No replies and likes though? Seems like a drastic difference. Won't this lead to far less interaction and incomprehensible subtweeting as it morphs its discourse into one-way broadcasting with...

        No replies and likes though? Seems like a drastic difference. Won't this lead to far less interaction and incomprehensible subtweeting as it morphs its discourse into one-way broadcasting with little feedback? These changes should reduce some of the platform's worst issues, but at huge expense, lopping off some of the medium's defining affordances.

        5 votes
      3. Kenny
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        It might dissuade a portion of people, but if someone wrote something truly controversial someone is simply going to screen shot it and then tag the person in their angry tweet back, thus keeping...

        They don't need to be kept around forever.

        It might dissuade a portion of people, but if someone wrote something truly controversial someone is simply going to screen shot it and then tag the person in their angry tweet back, thus keeping it part of their history for angry mobs to find later anyway.

        2 votes
  2. SkewedSideburn
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    Stories in Instagram, Stories in Facebook/VK, Stories in Whatsapp, Stories in bank apps, Stories in Twitter. All of them inaccessible without logging in, of course (at least officially). Thanks, I...

    Stories in Instagram, Stories in Facebook/VK, Stories in Whatsapp, Stories in bank apps, Stories in Twitter. All of them inaccessible without logging in, of course (at least officially).

    Thanks, I hate it.

    8 votes
  3. [6]
    Wes
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    I know I'm probably in the minority here, but it's a little frustrating that the article assumes I know what a "story format" is. From context I'm assuming it's a message that deletes after a...

    I know I'm probably in the minority here, but it's a little frustrating that the article assumes I know what a "story format" is. From context I'm assuming it's a message that deletes after a period of time.

    Self-deleting tweets seems okay. I only check Twitter once a day anyway, so if anything it'll make it easier to see where I left off. Right now I have to scroll down to find my place every time I visit.

    If I miss a day, well honestly it's probably nothing important anyway.

    8 votes
    1. [4]
      Algernon_Asimov
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      You might be in the minority, but you're not alone. I don't know what this is, either.

      I know I'm probably in the minority here, but it's a little frustrating that the article assumes I know what a "story format" is

      You might be in the minority, but you're not alone. I don't know what this is, either.

      3 votes
      1. [3]
        kfwyre
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        Same here. I can infer a bit, but I don't have a solid understanding of what they are.

        Same here. I can infer a bit, but I don't have a solid understanding of what they are.

        3 votes
        1. [2]
          SkewedSideburn
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          It's a type of post, consisting entirely of pictures/videos in a chain that gets deleted after some time. Sometimes it's just a long video split into several parts (because Stories usually have...

          It's a type of post, consisting entirely of pictures/videos in a chain that gets deleted after some time.
          Sometimes it's just a long video split into several parts (because Stories usually have limit on how long one part can take and they automatically advance to the next step)
          Usually pictures also have text labels on them (since you can't attach proper texts) or some stickers.

          On Facebook/Instagram I usually see it used for something like "heyyyy I'm at this bar right now, having such a good tiiiime" or "look at this dog, it be vibin, totally me"

          6 votes
          1. TheJorro
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            It also fills a gap where you may want to share something and don't want it broadcast out to your network uncontrolled, but would rather people can search out your profile and actively choose to...

            It also fills a gap where you may want to share something and don't want it broadcast out to your network uncontrolled, but would rather people can search out your profile and actively choose to find out what's going on with you.

            6 votes
    2. mrbig
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      I’m so in minority I don’t even see the point of Twitter and Instagram at all. Never really used them.

      I’m so in minority I don’t even see the point of Twitter and Instagram at all. Never really used them.

      1 vote
  4. mundane_and_naive
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    Feels like over time every social media is becoming every other social media. Not sure if that's good or bad.

    Feels like over time every social media is becoming every other social media. Not sure if that's good or bad.

    7 votes
  5. [4]
    Algernon_Asimov
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    What is this "Story" feature? The only one of these social media platforms I use is Facebook - and, these days, even that's only minimal. I've seen reference to "Stories" in Facebook but never...

    First popularized by Snapchat, you can now find a version of Stories across Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and others.

    What is this "Story" feature? The only one of these social media platforms I use is Facebook - and, these days, even that's only minimal. I've seen reference to "Stories" in Facebook but never investigated to learn about them. I had no idea they existed on multiple social media platforms.

    What are "Stories"?

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      Keegan
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      Basically just temporary (usually only lasting 24 hours) posts that can't be liked. They don't show up in the poster's regular feed of posts. I see some people using them to ask questions for what...

      Basically just temporary (usually only lasting 24 hours) posts that can't be liked. They don't show up in the poster's regular feed of posts.

      I see some people using them to ask questions for what they should do, post a funny video, or post other things they just don't think is "worthy" of their regular feed.

      5 votes
      1. [2]
        Algernon_Asimov
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        Thanks. That seems like a pointless feature, but thanks for explaining.

        Thanks. That seems like a pointless feature, but thanks for explaining.

        2 votes
        1. Keegan
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          I see plenty of people using it. It just depends on who you are and what you like to post about.

          I see plenty of people using it. It just depends on who you are and what you like to post about.

          2 votes
  6. thundergolfer
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    Hope there's a way to block these from invading my home view of tweets.

    Hope there's a way to block these from invading my home view of tweets.

    2 votes