Tired of Twitter? Try These Social Media Alternatives!
Its name has become ubiquitous with modern news: Twitter has defined a generation of social connection and on-the-ground reporting the likes of which simply wasn’t available twenty years ago. Granted, it wasn’t available because the lifeblood of small, local reporting networks was already being sucked dry by mega-corporations, but the point stands firm: Twitter offered the world an open, accessible, and powerful mode of conducting the most important work of our society.
The whole Internet used to be dedicated to this. As Tom Eastman, a technologist and writer, posted on Twitter a few years back:
I'm old enough to remember when the Internet wasn't a group of five websites, each consisting of screenshots of text from the other four.
But now, Twitter is on the way out, having found itself purchased for over 40-billion dollars by the problematic Elon Musk. That’s made a lot of people uncomfortable, and has many considering an exodus from Twitter. Previous issues like this with other social media giants like Facebook have led to boosts for companies like Signal, your best option for secure and private instant messaging, so it’s entirely possible that this will do the same.
With one problem.
How do you know which social media service to switch to when leaving Twitter?
This is the big question: how do you pick from all the possible options out there? Plenty of people will stay on Twitter, of course, and that’s fine. But if you want to open a second social media account, even just to diversify away from Twitter a little and find a new community, where can you look? I’ve written about this in the past, but this time **I’m going to focus on a side-by-side comparison with Twitter for features, including free speech, safety, and general usefulness.
Note: This is a hot topic right now, and many articles are getting written about just this issue. But recommendation to sites like Minds, Gab, and Plurk aren’t good options: either because they’re not safe environments (even remotely) or because the service is basically dead.
Some of the options I list here are specialized, but all function!