Meta’s Threads app has been downloaded over 100 million times in just five days, posing the most serious threat to Twitter since Elon Musk bought the company in October.
Twitter’s reaction to the announcement included threats of legal action, suggesting the company is feeling the heat. But a dozen other platforms are vying for Twitter’s throne. Here are five of the most notable competitors, excluding Threads.
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In 2019, Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey said: blue sky, a decentralized social media platform. The platform code is open source. Anyone can change the code.
Released in February 2023, Bluesky is designed to give users more control over their data and the ability to move profiles between different networks.
Twitter users who enjoy the site’s basic features like posting, replying, and retweeting will find Bluesky to be a familiar and easy-to-use platform, according to those involved in testing the Dorsey-backed social media network. deaf.
Bluesky also has the added benefit of data portability, allowing users to easily move data from Twitter to Bluesky.Last week, Bluesky hit a significant milestone of surpassing 1 million downloads, according to an app store intelligence provider. Data.ai.
That’s a lot different than the numbers the thread is racking up, and much less than Twitter itself. reportedly An additional 72 million new users were added before Bluesky reached 1 million. Bluesky, on the other hand, is currently invite-only, suggesting that this strategy goes beyond numbers alone.
The site also lacks some of the features users have come to expect from Twitter, such as direct messaging and list-building capabilities. Bluesky is not compatible with ActivityPub, the most popular standard on Fediverse, a network of interconnected servers that allow users to communicate with each other across different platforms.
Mastodon is a free and open source microblogging platform founded by German software engineer Eugen Rochko in March 2016. fediverseThis means that users can follow users on other Mastodon servers and be followed by other servers.
Mastodon is a crowdfunded, ad-free social media network and no single entity controls the platform. Users have more control over their data and content moderation is decentralized. Each Mastodon server can have its own rules and policies.
The platform is rather complex and not very user-friendly for everyday users. The design doesn’t look like Twitter. When you sign up for Mastodon, you join a server, also called an instance. It is similar to a forum and is based on common interests. Posts are called “toots”.
Elon Musk seems worried about Mastodon. In December, it banned links to Mastodon on Twitter and suspended users who posted Mastodon handles, including official Mastodon accounts. Under pressure from Twitter users, he reversed his decision days later.
Mastodon monthly active users inflated After Mr. Musk bought Twitter, it increased several times to 2.6 million, Dropped In April, that number dropped to just 1.2 million. That’s pretty far from the level of hype needed to bring down a social media giant like Twitter.
real society is a right-wing social media network founded by former US President Donald Trump, who was banned from Twitter and Facebook in 2021. Trump was a prolific tweeter at the time, but now posts exclusively on his own platform without restrictions.
Truth Social is a Twitter clone. Posts are called “truths” and reposts are called “re-truths”. Until the end of 2022. Google has blocked downloads of the Truth Social app from digital stores for what the company calls “violent content.”
The platform, which launched in February 2022 and boasts a user base of about 2 million, is also a playground for racists, bigots, and others, according to people who have used Truth Social.
hive describes itself as a “social platform focused on the simplicity of social media.” The Twitter alternative promises users the ability to express themselves “without the pressure of traditional social media apps.” In Hive terminology, users are known as “Besties”.
Romanian developer Raluca Pop founded Hive Social and launched in October 2019. The platform skyrocketed in popularity after Elon Musk completed his acquisition of Twitter, surpassing his one million user base.
In Hive Social, posts are displayed in chronological order instead of using an algorithm to determine what is displayed. This is a welcome change for users who are fed up with the biased Twitter “For You” tab that shows users posts they are not interested in.
Hive also combines elements of Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. according to It can be added to reports, making it a versatile platform for sharing text, images and videos. Additionally, Hive has a strong stance against racism and reportedly has a zero-tolerance policy for hate speech.
The platform was forced to shut down in December for security reasons, and its business model is unclear. Hive charges users to add additional music tracks to their profile, but some may find this feature annoying or outdated.
Spill – The New Black Twitter
Created by two former Twitter employees, Alphonzo Terrell and DeVaris Brown. outflow is a new black-owned social media platform for people of color.Founders explained Drains as a space for diverse communities and “cultural champions.”
“Our theme is, if we can build a platform from the ground up that responds to the drivers of these groups and cultures, if we can solve the core problems they face … it will be a better experience for everyone. It was about being deaf,” said Terrell. Said Afrotech.
— Spill (@SpillMob) July 11, 2023
Launched in June 2023, Spill is a recent change to Twitter ( reading limit. Some internet users are calling Spill “the new black Twitter.”
New registrations have been temporarily suspended due to high interest in the app. However, the beta version is currently in testing and is only available to those who received an invite code from an existing user.