As far as I’m concerned, Twitter has finally hit the rock bottom. I was cautiously optimistic that the new regime would finally put an end to the countless bots and trolls spouting hate speech, but in a turn of events that didn’t really surprise anyone, it embraced all that hate with open arms.
I’ve been looking for a Twitter replacement since 2016. I even went so far as to completely nuke my account at one point, before going back because the only other option at the time was Facebook. Now that a large population of other exiting users now have a similar mindset, alternate websites are being revealed.
The Top Three Twitter Alternatives
- Tumblr: https://markliebrecht.tumblr.com
Never in a thousand years did I think I’d be rejoining Tumblr. Around the time Yahoo sold it, it was just sitting there, a shambling corpse of its former self, which refused to accept that it was dead. I deleted my account back just before Yahoo purchased it, because no one was really using it anymore, and then I started a new one thinking they would revitalize it. That never happened, so my account just sat there, practically unused and unfollowed until this past week. Automattic, the company that owns WordPress, purchased it about a year or so ago, and has made it clear that they would like to restore it to its former glory. The app has been around for years, and works they way it should, you can give tips to (or receive then from) users. Paid content is available to make or purchase, and best of all, if you already own a domain name, you can use it for your blog, at no extra charge.
- Mastodon: https://mastodon.social/@MarkLiebrecht
Mastodon has been around for a few years, but I had no interest in signing up until recently. So far, I have been able to find the most reach there among authors, cartoonists and readers. There are no corporate overlords. Mastodon is based on several different servers. You find the one that matches your interests, you register and wait for your application to be accepted. Once accepted you can start your profile, and following other users.
- Hive Social: Profiles aren’t linkable, but if you look up @MarkLiebrecht, you’ll find me.
Hive currently exists only as an app, and can’t be viewed on a website. I haven’t heard much about it until the past couple of days. It’s a very small outfit run by only two people, so I’m hoping they can get a large sum of funding to expand their team and keep on top of bots, spam and hate speech.
Currently, I have been using all three services and posting the exact same content to all three. Anything I would have Tweeted, I write in on service and then copy and paste into the other two. My plan is to give this a year, test it out, see what works best for me, and assuming they are still there in a year, I will probably stick with that one as my primary form of social media.