Twitter said Tuesday it is bringing Fleets, its version of Stories that lets users post ephemeral content to its social network, to users in India. Late last month, the social networking site said it was testing the feature in Brazil and later launched it in Italy.
Fleets aren’t private stories, but it’s Twitter way to let users share things that are less accessible to the world. As my colleague Sarah Perez described recently, anyone can visit someone’s public Twitter profile and tap to view their Fleets, that like Stories on other platforms, sit atop at the top of the screen. But Fleet won’t circulate on Twitter’s network, show up in Search or Moments, and it can’t be embedded on a third-party website.
“We’re testing a way for you to think out loud without the Likes, Retweets, or replies, called Fleets! Best part? They disappear after 24 hours,” Twitter India said in a tweet.
India, the world’s second largest internet market, is a key overseas nation for several American technology companies. Twitter had about 55 million monthly active users in India in the month of April, according to mobile insight firm App Annie and shared by an industry executive.
“India is important for Twitter since it is one of our largest and fastest-growing audience markets globally. We are excited to bring the Fleets experiment to India and make it one of the first three countries in the world to experience this new product,” said Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director at Twitter India, in a statement.
“From the test in India, we’ll learn how adding a new mode of conversation changes the way Indians engage on Twitter. It’ll also be interesting to see if it further amplifies the diversity of usage by allowing people to share what they’re thinking in a way that is light-touch and light-hearted,” he added.
More to follow..