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The best alternatives to Twitter

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If you’re considering quitting Twitter, you may still want another social media platform to meet your microblogging and meme needs. And you might be hard-pressed to find another app or site (of the many out there) that will fill the bird app’s big shoes.

There are obvious options like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, but there are alternatives beyond those you may not have considered – some that could help you cultivate community, give you a platform to your hot shots and photos, and make sure you stay in touch more easily with the people you care about.

Mastodon

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Mastodon It may not have as many users as Twitter, but it seems to have a lot of features we wish Twitter didn’t have: It’s ad-free. You have a higher maximum character limit for your messages (500!). It also has robust moderation, security, and privacy features.

Mastodon also claims to have a chronological and algorithm-free feed, giving you more control over the content you consume. This app also includes many of the features you loved on Twitter, including polls; trending hashtags and topics; support for audio, video, photo and GIF messages; answers; and even reblogging (retweets).

However, this social networking service is probably different from other social media apps you have used before. It is free to use, but it is also decentralized and open source. It is not a single website, but rather a group of connected communities each run by people or organizations. In fact, you have to join one of these communities to join Mastodon. You can still interact with other users from different communities, and you can switch communities later if you wish.

The mastodon is available on Android and iOS, as well as a web application. It can also be accessed through a wide variety of third-party apps.

social hive

The Hive Social app on a phone against a white background.
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We’ll just say it: it’s a wonderful application. If you prefer to post photos, social hive is an excellent option to highlight them. But you’re not limited to photos either: you can create text and video messages, use GIFs, and use polls as well. You can also reply to and repost other people’s posts. It also offers messaging and a timeline feed to make it easy to keep up with friends and family.

Hive Social also has a “profile music” feature that takes us back to the days of Myspace and those auto-playing songs on everyone’s profiles. You can add music to your profile, but you can also turn autoplay on or off.

The main drawback? Hive Social is only available on iOS for the moment. They are still working on an app for Android.

ICT Tac

A selection of four celebrities and their TikTok accounts featured on the main page of the TikTok desktop website.
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TIC Tac, really ? Yes, it’s true. It might not be your first thought as a Twitter replacement since it’s more of a lightweight video platform, but the app has certainly built a massive user base and is great at fostering community. You might as well join it at this point, anyway, because those bite-sized little viral videos the app is known for are still being shared on Twitter and Instagram.

TikTok is free and available on Android, iOS and Windows 10.

Discord

A user's main server dashboard on the Discord web app.
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Discord is different from other apps on this list because it is primarily a chat app. But it’s a chat app where you can join or create servers (which act like communities). Discord may have started out as a chat app for gamers, but now you can find communities on all sorts of topics and discuss them or share posts. You also don’t need to join a public server. If all you want is a private meeting with just a few friends, you can do that too.

Discord has plenty of features to help you meet people or stay in touch: host events (like voice calls, stream movies and games), voice and video chats, and even listen to music with Spotify . There is also support for sending GIFs, stickers, and emojis.

You can access Discord through its web app and it is available as an app for Windows, iOS, Android, Linux and MacOS.

Reddit

The main page of the Ask Me Anything subreddit on Reddit.
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Reddit has been around for a long time (since 2005, in fact) and was known as the “front page of the Internet” for a reason. Because, like Twitter, you can use it to keep up to date with the latest news, as well as join communities (subreddits) to talk about your favorite hobbies, shows, sports, or any other of your interests.

More than any other on this list, it’s probably the best platform to recreate the feeling of falling down a Twitter rabbit hole.

Subreddit communities are like basic forums, and they are sort of: you can post text, photos, links, and videos to a subreddit. These posts will typically receive comments and upvotes or downvotes that will determine how high in the feed your post is featured. If you’re looking for richer discussions or deeper explanations for your pressing questions, Reddit might be the way to go.

Reddit is free and accessible through its website and on Android or iOS.

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