I never got the hang of Twitter though I’ve been on it for years. I’d tweet occasionally and once in a while look at others tweets but using it as a marketing tool or, really, as anything, has been beyond me.
Now under its new owner, Twitter seems to be crumbling while at the same time becoming a safe harbor for those who want to post their violent, hateful, and insane thoughts, and users are fleeing.
There are options
Some of the previously unheard of (to me, at least) options are Mastodon, Hive, Post Social, and Tribel. Based on the cursing and moaning I’ve seen on Facebook, none of them is a perfect substitute and most have problems or are difficult to understand. While I’m confident people will work out how to use these apps, I believe the technical problems will increase as the apps are swamped by large numbers of users joining at once.
Can it be replaced?
Twitter before it was hijacked was far from perfect and the attempts to moderate the conversation weren’t always successful. But it was a singular worldwide communication hub, where people from every part of society, with widely different political, religious, and cultural beliefs could express their ideas and opinions.
I visualize today’s Twitter as the top of a funnel draining into a number of smaller silos.
Thus, users leaving Twitter and joining one or more of the four apps I listed or others I haven’t heard of will be in a much smaller, contained, universe and have far less exposure to others than they had before. I don’t believe that segregating into various apps will replace Twitter. It will create a different, maybe even a better experience, but it won’t be the same.
What to do?
As I said, I wasn’t and am not a fan of Twitter so I think I’ll wait and watch and see how things fall out before I rush to join another app.
What about you readers? Are you leaving Twitter? Are you replacing it with a different app?
In addition to publishing multiple mystery and romance short stories in various anthologies, Catherine has authored four romances novels. Her latest book, The Disappearance of Lindy James, was awarded a GOLDIE for Best General Fiction.