It’s a chaotic time on Twitter.
Start Elon Musk’s The tenure was not smooth- Mass layoffs, New features disappear quickly as soon as they appear, Advertisers are pausing spendingeven Threat of bankruptcy.
As its future becomes increasingly uncertain, people are looking for new places. Google searches for “how to delete Twitter” have soared, while queries on other platforms have grown even more.
Here are some testimonials of interest, and tips to help those who persevere Twitter Currently.
Despite launching six years ago, searches for Mastodon have never been higher, with searches up nearly 400% in November.
Familiar profile pages, followers and follower counts, timelines, and hashtags should no doubt help Twitter leavers feel at home.
The main difference is that it’s decentralized as opposed to a single platform like Twitter, with millions of users spread across separate communities rather than all in the same place.
Onboarding can be a bit complicated compared to mainstream platforms – so it might be worth reading our full explainer to get up to speed before joining.
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If Twitter goes down, perhaps that’s fate, and a replacement for its former CEO will take its place.
Jack Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter in 2006 and has served as CEO multiple times, first announced a spin-off project called Bluesky in 2019 and entered beta earlier this year .
It describes itself as a “social protocol” and, like Mastodon, promotes the idea of space where users are independent of the platform itself. The idea is that it will be immune to one person’s whim.
Since the Twitter acquisition, Bluesky’s waiting list has ballooned to more than 30,000 people.
Tumblr, an old-school replacement for internet culture, has seen a surge of interest since Musk bought Twitter.
Superhero stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Linda Carter (Wonder Woman) are among them, showing that blogging sites can still attract celebrities 15 years after their launch.
Tumblr is a casual blogging platform where Twitter meets the likes of WordPress and allows posting anything from text and photos to music and videos.
Tumblr has also been teasing the play on Twitter — launching the “Important Blue Internet Checkmark” for $7.99. You can even get two of them.
If you’re looking for the closest platform to Twitter visually, Tribel might be the place for you.
It also publicly touted its credentials as a Twitter replacement more than any other platform, even proudly announcing that Musk, Donald Trump and Kanye West were banned.
Positioning itself as a “grassroots social network” “without hate and fake news,” Tribel also insists it doesn’t collect user data.
When American actor and producer Ken Olin publicly endorsed Tribel as his Twitter successor, search traffic soared 400 percent, according to a study by Financial World.
Like Bluesky, Cohost is currently in beta, and you may have to wait to get in.
As far as the concept of followers and followers is concerned, the platform is self-designed on Twitter, but its biggest promise is that no ads or algorithms will dictate the makeup of your timeline.
“We borrow heavily from other sites,” it admits on its website, but adds: “We’re not the ones providing the most important part of co-hosting — you are.”
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As one of the wider options, this offers those who embrace it the opportunity to put down their phones, read a book or watch a movie, and maybe even go out.
In all seriousness, for some people, leaving a social media platform for a reason could be the perfect opportunity to quit altogether, and it’s something to consider.
But if you stick to Twitter…
Changes in Twitter’s policy on who gets the “verified” checkmark cause problems because it’s hard to distinguish between real accounts and Those who can now get a blue tick for just $7.99 a month.
A handy browser extension is designed to help — called Eight Dollars, and it replaces the recognizable blue checkmark with a dollar sign on those profiles that have paid rather than actually verified.
It’s available on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox browsers, and its creators say Apple’s Safari version is in the works.