12 Social Media Alternatives to Twitter


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Twitter is one of the world’s most popular social media platforms. Unfortunately, it’s not without controversy that Elon Musk’s acquisition of the platform is the latest in a long line. This means that many people are interested in trying something new. Because much like MySpace giving way to Facebook, online social media is constantly shifting and changing.

So if you’re looking for a new social media platform, here are your options.

12. Mastodon

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This decentralized social network is very similar and feels like Twitter. However, unlike Twitter, anyone can host their own Mastodon server, meaning you can have small versions of Twitter focused on specific topics. But no worry. You can also see posts on other public servers while being a member of another at the same time.

11. Thoughts

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Calling itself an “open-source social network dedicated to internet freedom,” Minds is notable for its detailed analytics tools and lack of algorithm and censorship. However, the site is controversial due to its use of cryptocurrency. It pays users MINDS tokens when they create popular content and users can spend those tokens to buy account promotions.

10. Antisocial

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Self as “No trolls. No abuse. No Ads. No fake news. No Foreign Influence Ops, Counter Social is a Twitter-like platform with many unique features, including groups, self-destructing posts, and the ability to listen to specific radio stations.

9. Plurk

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Another Twitter-like platform, Plurk, allows users to send messages up to 360 characters long. These messages will appear on other users’ timelines. Fascinatingly, Plurk timelines scroll horizontally, not vertically, making them literal timelines. Plurk also has a huge international user base, particularly in Asia, so Plurk is even better for those who can speak any of the languages ​​spoken in that region.

8. Ether

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This peer-to-peer social network works in a similar way to a blogging platform. But it has a few things that make it stand out from the crowd. First, people can build their own communities by creating micro social media networks around a specific topic. Also, messages disappear after six months if not saved, making Aether perfect for people who value their privacy. Third, each community is democratically controlled, allowing users to vote for their mods and impeach those they disagree with, giving users more control over their experience than other platforms.

7. Amino

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Amino already has a sizeable user base. However, it is aimed at teenagers, so keep that in mind. Amino allows users to create communities based on their interests. These communities can contain many types of posts, ranging from standard posts like images and videos to more unique posts like polls and quizzes. And on a really cool touch, it has built-in voice chat and a system for users to watch videos together.

6. Hive Social

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This super aesthetic social media platform prides itself on displaying your friends’ posts in chronological order. It also has some neat features, including choosing your profile color, adding songs to your profile, and showing your pronouns and zodiac sign on your profile.

5. Cohost

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Describing itself as “a new social media platform built from the ground up by a small team of developers and designers who love to share things on the web,” Cohost makes a big deal out of the lack of ads and algorithms. While it’s still in its early days, the developers plan to add more in the future, including the ability to accept tips and subscriptions.

4. Micro.blog

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Micro.blog is a microblogging platform with a super clean interface. It has no ads. Also, the site has strict moderation standards, which means spam and abuse seen on other platforms won’t be seen here. Also, it doesn’t use any algorithms and instead relies on content curation to serve fresh content to users.

The only downside is that you have to pay a monthly fee to unlock all the features.

3. Tiktok

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One of the most notorious platforms in recent years, TikTok was created to allow users to share short videos, which are usually accompanied by popular hit songs. Although different from Twitter, some former Twitter users have made the switch and found that they prefer the video-based communication. And there’s no denying that it’s one of the fastest growing social media platforms out there today.

2. Reddit

One of the most popular social media networks, Reddit is basically a forum. The site is divided into subreddits, small communities dedicated to a single topic. Due to Reddit’s age and large user base, there’s a subreddit for almost everything, from the obvious to the highly obscure, making it great for people with specific interests.

Although it’s not a social network in the modern sense, you can post directly to your profile. Also, Reddit lets you follow users, giving you a pseudo-Twitter experience. Also, you can create private subreddits if you and your friends are looking for a place to chat.


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While Facebook has become less popular recently, some may choose to return to the platform. Although there is a list of documented bugs, Facebook excels at allowing users to follow the lives of those closest to them while also interacting with trending news and videos.