December 10, 2022

quit twitter?  Hive, Mastodon, and Post are alternatives to seeing new users: NPR

quit twitter? Hive, Mastodon, and Post are alternatives to seeing new users: NPR

Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has prompted many longtime users to look for alternative social networks.

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Since Elon Musk bought Twitter in October, many users of the social media platform have discussed taking their ideas elsewhere — and some have already done so.

Some object to Musk Spreading liesThe Rise in hate speech After he took office, he was dismissed from Half of the Twitter employees so is it Recalculation of former President Donald Trump. Some figure that the site will Download completely At some point, many of the company’s engineers left the company. Some just say no The site’s best days behind her.

Either way, Twitter really had it.”closing timePositive feedback over the past two weeks, as many longtime users have taken Semisonic’s advice: You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

Here’s a look at where some Twitter users are testing the waters.

Sites like Mastodon are emerging as new (or renewed) alternatives to Twitter.

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mastodon

mastodon, which was founded in 2014, has received the lion’s share of attention in recent weeks, and has gained a lot of users in that time. Mastodon says he’s had more than 2.5 million Active Users per month as of Tuesday. approximately 180,000 people Mastodon joined in one day last week, according to data scientist Esteban Moro.

Sooooo, what exactly is a mastodon?

It is a decentralized and open source social media platform. Anyone can run and host their own Mastodon server and create their own community, which can connect to other Mastodon servers. Because it is open source, it is not owned by anyone, and its creators do not own any copyright to it.

This is by design. Nobody controls the entire network. Founder Eugene Roshko told NPR last week.

“It’s actually more democratic,” he said.

You can read more about Mastodon’s structure here Basic help page. That page declares: “Mastodon is not Twitter.” It says that the site won’t prompt you to follow certain people and that Mastodon doesn’t confirm the popularity or reach of a post: “What’s important here is the interaction in real conversations.”

Each server has its own rules and moderators, and moderators can act as admins Gatekeepers to this serverDetermine who can join. Users of different servers (known as instances) can generally interact with each other, although instances may be formed around specific interests, such as One for reportersor cyberpunksor Food and wine aficionado. You can create accounts on more than one server, so there is no need to choose the perfect community straight from the portal.

Mastodon does not offer some features that are familiar to Twitter users, such as quoting tweets. Also, direct messages can be as well It has been read by the server administratorso keep that in mind.

It can be difficult to start over on a new network. Some of the transplants to Mastodon use tools such as videofinder And the Twetodon To find and follow accounts they know from Twitter on Mastodon.

Hive Social is among the start-up social networks that disappointed Twitter users have been exploring in recent weeks.

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social cellFounded in 2019, it is available as a mobile app for Apple and as a beta version on Android. Provides a chronological feed (instead of the algorithm-determined feeds of many leading apps), and says it doesn’t”Shadow banor give priority to certain accounts.

The app promises to bring back “what you used to love about social media in a new way.” Some aspects of Hive – such as profile music – hearken back to a simpler time, namely the era of Myspace. It’s also really fast for photos, like Instagram or Tumblr.

Like Mastodon, Hive Social is growing rapidly amid the Twitter chaos, though, apparently Only two people run it and seek crowdfunding.

Hive Social ranked first on Apple’s App Store chart for free social networking apps on Wednesday. Beehive He said on Monday that it has passed 1 million, and on Tuesday said it had passed 1 million It gained 250,000 users overnight, even though the email verification process is not working. (Meanwhile, Twitter is still at No. 1 on the App Store’s news app chart.)

On Twitter, newcomers cheered Hive for its growth, though many lamented the lack of a desktop app or website and said they had difficulties with registration and a username.

The new social media site Post promises to be a more civil alternative to Twitter, but it’s still building out the core features and working to get thousands of people onto its waiting list.

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Mail

Mail It was founded by former Waze CEO Noam Bardeen and, in Twitter-like fashion, aims to bring together News and social media.

The site makes a direct appeal to departed Twitter users, promising content moderation, the ability to write posts of any length and a “civil place to discuss ideas.”

“Remember when social media was fun, gave you great ideas and great people, and actually made you smarter? Remember when it didn’t waste your time and make you angry or sad? When you could disagree with someone without being threatened or insulted,” Bardeen wrote in a post on the site’s homepage. “We want to bring that back with Post.”

It’s hard to tell what Post has to offer, since there’s currently a long waiting list to join it. per email Tuesday evening updatethe site had 180,000 people on its waiting list, 20,000 people were invited to join, and 16,000 activated their accounts.

Like Hive, the small location’s staff struggles to keep up with demand. Bardeen wrote that “the platform is crashing” but warned that users should be careful when choosing a username, as they won’t be able to change it for a while, and that questions sent to the support team via email will go unanswered for several times. days.

The site is still “half-baked,” Barden admits, lacking basic features such as the ability to search for other people to follow and a personalized feed of people you follow once that functionality is available. “That means 1,000 people are all on the same feed and seeing the same thing. As you can imagine, that’s a lot of cat and dog pictures,” he wrote in Saturday’s update.

Old social networks

Of course, many Twitter users already exist on other social media platforms. The uncertainty of Twitter may motivate them to use other well-known social networks in one form or another.

Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, Reddit, and Tumblr are still there, with their own quirks and moderation issues.

They may not have the same claim to “town square” status that Twitter has sometimes come close to, but to varying degrees they feature some of the same qualities that Twitter has: news, entertainment, community, and endless feeds of content.

Can any site nurture the same communities and conversations that thrived in the good ol’ days of Bird App? It’s too early to tell for sure, but many people are hoping the answer is yes.