There are all types of social media platforms these days, but there’s one in particular that people turn to the most for breaking news since it’s so easy to find things out before anybody else, and that’s Twitter. On the other hand, Twitter has gotten a bad rap over the years because it’s not just for breaking news, as people post whatever they feel and it seems that the rules of Twitter are changing on a daily basis.
After all, multiple surveys and studies have shown Twitter to be the “most toxic” social media platform, even ahead of the likes of Facebook. If you’re on Twitter and want to get the best of what it has to offer without getting much of the worst, there are some alternatives to try out. Here are the five best Twitter alternatives out there right now, some of which you may not have heard of yet.
Through the 17 years since Reddit was founded by previous college roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, along with friend Aaron Swartz, it has become one of the most visited and used social sites in the world.
The site, available via an app on iPhone and Android devices, primarily consists of user-based content. Redditors can post content in separate subreddits, with subjects ranging from news, cooking, relationship advice, gaming, and so much more. Users can upvote, downvote, comment, share posts, and do whatever they choose on the platform, within the limits of each subreddit’s rules. Each subreddit has its chosen users acting as moderators to keep the peace and enforce rules, something Twitter doesn’t offer.
Discord was founded in 2015 and was initially used as a way for gamers and their friends to communicate more easily during gameplay. Discord now allows users to interact with communities run by users as well as acting as an instant messaging, video calling, file sharing, and audio calling platform.
Unlike some social media outlets, Discord doesn’t prompt users to reveal too much personal information with profile pages for others to view. Allowing for anonymity and simplicity. Users can create communities, called servers, for whatever purpose they desire. A majority of the user-created servers are made up of twitch streamers who want to give their followers a place to come together as a community and share news about their content.
Founded in 2007 by David Karp, Tumblr is surprisingly still around, after overcoming the rumors and controversy that made many think the site was obsolete. Widely popular in the 2010s, Tumblr was, and still may be, the place for displaying all of your thoughts, poetry, and artwork, along with reblogging all of the quirky, aesthetic, and often NSFW content you came across.
Tumblr cloaks users in anonymity and even allows nudity once again after it was previously banned throughout the site in 2018, making it a pretty neat place if you’re into that. It’s likely the closest Twitter alternative you’ll find with the freedom you’re allowed on the site.
Clubhouse was founded recently, in March of 2020, a time when the majority of society was most likely aching for a social outlet to escape the monotony of staying inside at the very beginning of the pandemic.
Clubhouse allows users to socialize using audio chat rooms, ranging in privacy and accessibility. Moderators of private rooms can pick and choose who they want to join and when they’re able to participate in audio conversations. Though open rooms are available to all and can get pretty interesting.
Hive Social was founded just three years ago in 2019 by the Brazilian company Hive. It’s sort of a mix of all the popular social media apps of the past and present.
The site gives users more freedom and allows nudity, urging users to be 17+ to join. Users can share files, pictures, and text posts, and even have their own profile that plays their favorite song when viewed.