Twitter Plans To Introduce Voice Chats Later This Year, Rolls Out Fleets
Twitter is planning to create ‘spaces’ for voice chats on its platform. The feature resembles Clubhouse, an invite-only social platform where users meet in voice chat rooms.
The company plans to start testing the feature this year. Part of its approach is to start the rollout with some of the people who are most affected by abuse and harassment on the platform; women and people from marginalised backgrounds, the company says.
The voice chats would provide an avenue for safe conversations on Twitter, devoid of harassment, and abuse from trolls or bad actors.
Twitter also announced a global launch of ‘Fleet’, an ephemeral tweeting feature that it had tested in various markets around the globe earlier in 2020. Twitter users will now have access to the disappearing messaging feature.
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Fleets will sit at the top of the timeline in a row of Stories-like bubbles. Yes, it is to function more or less like WhatsApp or Instagram stories. Twitter is encouraging its users to express more casual thoughts and feelings with the new feature.
Fleets are to start rolling out on Android and iOS. The company says that it should be available to all users in the coming days.
That thing you didn’t Tweet but wanted to but didn’t but got so close but then were like nah.
We have a place for that now—Fleets!
Rolling out to everyone starting today. pic.twitter.com/auQAHXZMfH
— Twitter (@Twitter) November 17, 2020
“Through our tests in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea, we learned Fleets helped people feel more comfortable joining the conversation — we saw people with Fleets talk more on Twitter. Those new to Twitter found Fleets to be an easier way to share what’s on their mind. Because they disappear from view after a day, Fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings,” explains design director Joshua Harris and product manager Sam Haveson in a blog post.
Twitter will ask users to share a fleeting thought and which will disappear after 24hrs with no record on the platform
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