Ever since news broke that Tesla CEO Elon Musk had bought Twitter for $44 billion, Twitter users have been worried about the fate of their favorite social media platform.
Many are expressing a desire to leave the service, primarily due to Musk’s behavior on Twitter. They have reasonable fears that the service could, under his leadership, stray too far from what it is today and shift to some of Musk’s interests like NFT and cryptocurrency.
However, many wonder or they could go, instead. With that in mind, here are three platforms that might scratch the Twitter itch.
Once thought of as an app to just talk about your favorite games while you stream on Twitch, it’s become a place where you can create a “server” to chat about almost any topic you want.
First launched in 2015, Discord allows you to be part of text, voice, and video communities, as long as you join the relevant servers and follow their rules. If you used to participate in forums on some websites in the early 2000s, you will feel right at home here. These older forums also focused on topics where you could create your own threads and posts on related topics.
The same goes for Discord, but in a way that allows you to stay in touch with users via, for example, video. It also integrates with Steam, Xbox, and your PlayStation profile, so you can let others know what games you’re playing.
It’s Twitter if it was open-source, and there were multiple instances of the social platform.
You can join servers on Mastodon that can be considered different communities, and you can be on multiple servers if you wish, although sometimes it can be confusing to tell which one you are on.
We’ve dipped our toes into the platform and, compared to Twitter, it’s currently the equivalent of a desert for finding users interested in similar topics, primarily due to its many servers that you can join with your Mastodon profile. It mimics the layout of Twitter, but you can also explore news and hashtags, then follow and “boost” Mastodon’s take on retweets, however you like.
Due to the platform’s tongue-in-cheek trend on Twitter following the announcement of Musk’s purchase of the company, an army of new users has flocked to Mastadon, which is now struggling to support them. So don’t be surprised if you find Mastadon running slow, at least compared to Twitter.
Although you can post and share as before, you may find users returning to Twitter after a short while.
Think of it as a bulletin board website filled with news and posts created by its users. You can ‘upvote’ and ‘downvote’ these posts, and these will be displayed in a growing list of ‘subreddits’ which will show you how popular the posts are with others.
Although this is not a scrolling feed of people you follow, you can follow subreddits and your homepage will give you a curated list of all these topics, based on how new and popular they are. during the day.
With over 450 million users on the site, you’re unlikely to find a topic that hasn’t been covered or doesn’t have its own subreddit.