The last Twitter update brought users the memorable Voice Feature, allowing users to share a voice recording to their followers, but the newest update released this Tuesday could possibly change the social media platform as society knows it.
On Tuesday, Twitter introduced their brand new feature that will change the game of the 14-year old social media network; “Fleets.” Similar to Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook, Twitter has now added a “Stories” feature that will allow users to post content and it will disappear in 24 hours.
The name, Fleets, describes the nature of the new feature; lasting for a very short time. You can write text, share a tweet, record videos, or post a photo on Fleets and share on your account for 24 hours.
As the update took many users by surprise, there were mixed reactions to the new Fleets feature. Thousands of Twitter users expressed their thoughts about the update through a number of tweets and meme reactions. Some users who were opposed to Twitter adding Fleets, were looking forward to other features being added as a part of the new update, like an Edit button users have been wanting for years and more.
The newest Twitter update was released just a few days after Instagram’s recent update changing the original layout of the app and introducing their new “Shop” feature. Instagram’s new update allows users to purchase products from their favorite businesses through the app itself. The shop section replaced the notifications section and moved it to the top of the homescreen. While purchasing products on Instagram seems convenient to some, others did not like the new change.
Over the years, Instagram has slowly transitioned from the app it originally was in the early 2010s to one of the most popular social media platforms today. Starting off with sharing photos, it now incorporates many features from its competitors such as Snapchat and TikTok.
Instagram added a “Stories” feature similar to the central idea of Snapchat in August 2016. Like Snapchat’s stories, Instagram also initiated a “Reels” feature allowing users to post quick, fun videos similar to the videos shared on TikTok. While Instagram has continuously expanded their app, most recently with the Shop feature, many users desire for the app to go back to the way it was years ago.
As many people are opposed to the new Instagram update, a lot of Twitter users believe Fleets will drive Instagram users away from Instagram and over to Twitter. Several users expressed there was no longer a need for Instagram now that twitter added stories to their platform, especially since Instagram has included multiple features most users are opposed to.
After the release of the update, thousands of users stormed the app to try the new feature. The top four trending topics the day of the Fleets release were Fleets, Snapchat, Stories, So Twitter. Bye Instagram was also trending in the Top 10 topics.
On top of the new Fleets feature, Twitter also introduced the brand new component, Spaces. The Spaces feature will allow users to join virtual rooms where they can interact with each other in real-time, audio conversations.
The Spaces features will allow users to use Twitter as another way to connect with their peers, but instead with an audio call. Instagram has a similar feature, allowing users to video chat within the app as well as Snapchat.
As far as new updates, the society’s favorite networks clearly have a lot in store and will continue to be in close competition with each other. The stakes are high for Twitter, and apps like Instagram and Facebook need to bring their A game in order to top the latest update.