Twitter is currently in turmoil. If you’re looking for another similar network, here are five alternatives to seriously consider.
As you already know, Twitter it’s been a mess these past few days. If the idea of a social network led by Elon Musk makes you think of leaving the platform, here are some alternatives that deserve your attention. True, there is no perfect Twitter clone currently, but these platforms can offer you something similar.
1 – Mastodon
Mastodon has been the most talked about social network since Elon Musk took over Twitter, perhaps because it offers the closest Twitter experience ever. Check out the Explore page, it looks like a Twitter homepage theme.
One of the appealing aspects of Mastodon is its decentralized nature. It consists of several servers (“instances”) managed by users. Therefore, you should choose a server to start with, or create your own if you wish.
Mastodon is broader in terms of topics, community, moderation, funding, but also operates on a smaller scale. If you’re willing to put a little bit of effort into it, Mastodon will give you the feeling of going back to the early days of Twitter.
Believe it or not, Tumblr has been around since 2007, a year after Twitter appeared. Through tweets, small posts, blog style, which can be texts, images, audio, video, conversations or quotes. More flexibility therefore than Twitter.
Community features are well laid out, possible to follow, follow, like, comment and repost. Your experience on the network will greatly depend on the other Tumblrs you follow.
There are also search and tag features for navigating through all this content as well as different levels of control over the visibility of your posts. The network is free to use without restrictions, but you can pay $5 a month to get rid of advertising.
Many Tumblr users, especially artists, switched to Twitter after the 2018 ban on adult content on Tumblr was implemented. But at this point, the situation should return to normal shortly.
Reddit is a completely different structure, but, at the same time, it offers something very similar to what Twitter offers. It is possible to comment on the news, talk about anything and everything, pass the time, etc.
If you’ve never set foot on Reddit, the platform has subreddits on every topic imaginable, and the experience on the site and in the apps is determined by the subreddits you follow. It’s a bit like the good old forums, but with a big modern twist.
You also have a Reddit profile page, but it’s not a blogging platform like Twitter or Tumblr. It is possible to Track, but the functionality is very recent and the culture of the site is not really on this side.
You can use Reddit for free or pay $6 a month to get rid of ads and enjoy some extras.
4 – CounterSocial
CounterSocial describes itself as the “next-gen social network”. Similar to Twitter, with the same features, but zero tolerance for trolls, bots and other malicious actions. Even advertising has no place there. The platform is funded through its $5 premium subscription that offers several extras.
This includes access to the virtual reality space Counter Realms, which represents a large part of CounterSocial. You can create and explore custom VR worlds in your browser, phone, or through a headset.
If you’re looking for a TweetDeck-like experience with a metaverse twist, CounterSocial might be for you. That said, you obviously won’t have the amount of content that Twitter has to offer.
5 – Cohost
Perhaps the perfect alternative to Twitter has yet to be fully established. Take Cohost, for example. The platform is still in its infancy, but it aims to replicate much of what Twitter has to offer: followers, reposts, likes, comments, etc.
And as it grows, Cohost also seems interested in moderating and filtering adult content. The service is also transparent about the number of users and the money it generates. You can use the platform for free or pay $5 for some extras.
Currently, the site interface is very simple, everything is easily accessible. It’s still a little raw in some aspects, but it’s very promising, especially if Cohost uses Twitter’s experience to avoid falling into the same pitfalls.