Twitter Launches Fleets, its Answer to Stories
Nov 17, 2020, 11:15 AM by Rich Brome @rbrome
Twitter started rolling out its new Fleets feature globally today, after testing the feature in several countries in recent months. Fleets are like Tweets, but fleeting, because they are only visible for 24 hours. They appear to followers at the top of their home timeline. In this sense and more, they are very similar to the Stories feature of Instagram and other social media services. Twitter says the ephemeral nature of Fleets help "people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings". Fleets can be simple text, photos, videos, or reactions to Tweets. Like Stories, there are "various background and text options". The feature is rolling out to the Twitter app for iOS and Android over the next few days.
Dec 10, 2020
Twitter is making it easier to share Tweets on competing social networks Instagram and Snapchat with an enhanced "share" option for each Tweet within the Twitter app. The feature will require fewer steps than taking a screenshot, and give the resulting story post a more polished look and — in the case of Snapchat — a link back to the original Tweet.
Aug 5, 2020
Instagram has launched a new feature called Reels, which are similar to Stories, but with a number of features copied from TikTok. When creating a Reel, users can add audio from the Instagram music library, add AR effects, and alter the speed of video.
Jun 17, 2020
Twitter has started to roll out a new audio feature that lets users record and share voice clips. It's similar to recording a video of yourself.
Sep 9, 2021
Facebook and Ray-Ban have collaborated to create Ray-Ban Stories, "smart" glasses similar to the Spectacles 3 from Snap. Ray-Ban Stories feature dual 5-megapixel cameras that capture photos with depth as well as videos up to 30 seconds.
Sep 29, 2022
Google has announced an update to the Google Maps app with several interesting new features. The augmented-reality Live View feature now works in a search mode to find and show you specific places nearby, instead of just overlaying walking directions during ongoing navigation.