Twitter on Tuesday launched a new feature that enables users to tweet momentary thoughts they may not care to keep on their permanent timeline.

The posts, called Fleets, disappear after 24 hours, and San Francisco-based Twitter believes the element of temporary life helps users feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, according to a company blog post.

The concept may sound familiar as it is similar to the principal feature for Snap and Instagram Stories.

Twitter tested Fleets in Brazil, Italy, India and South Korea and found the feature prompted more users to have conversations on Twitter without the pressure of collecting retweets and likes.

Fleets are now available globally on Twitter for iOS and Android, the company said.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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