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Twitter Is Dying! 7 Alternative Social Networks to Join Now

Christian Cawley 04-01-2018

Twitter is struggling, weighed down by trolls, extremists, and over-exuberant censorship. The only answer is to jump ship.


But where should you go? Are there any realistic alternatives to Twitter, and if so, which one will suit you?

Twitter’s Dying Days?

Twitter is simple to use, easy to engage with, and it can easily connect you with the topics you’re interested in. It’s also struggling. Compared with Facebook (in the third quarter of 2017, 2.07 billion users were recorded), Twitter is treading water, with under 330 million users worldwide.

Its problems are myriad. Beyond all of the ownership shenanigans and the IPO (the slightest hint that it may become profitable and shares rocket, without tangible evidence), there’s the issue of how people conduct themselves on Twitter.

Some argue that the only reason Twitter is holding onto 330 million users is because the 45th POTUS uses the platform. But Donald Trump isn’t the worst person on the social network. Trolls, extremists of all political and religious persuasions, terrorists, criminals, mob rule and partisanship… and then there’s virtue signaling celebrities, splitting their audience with a typical lack of self-awareness.


Quite Frankly, Twitter Is a Mess

Arguably, this has been a long time coming. A multitude of changes that regular users saw no need for, confusing direction and changes at the top (founder Jack Dorsey left, then returned) have left Twitter’s raison d’etre somewhat confused. Is Twitter really for social networking, or is it for microblogging? Or, as the results of a 2016 survey show, is it best used for contacting customer services departments of major manufacturers and retailers?

While the expansion of the character limit (doubled to 280) characters has been widely celebrated, it’s arguably added to the problem. Now, people have twice the opportunity to get it wrong. And then there’s the trending list, which appears to operate under a significant delay. Is someone at Twitter Towers managing a manipulated narrative?

Of course, there are so many great things about Twitter. The problem is, those great things are available elsewhere. If you’re looking for positive conversation and exploration of ideas, niche, geeky interests, or a means to share music, video, or photos, the following Twitter alternatives are worth your time. Like Twitter, they all offer mobile apps, so you can stay connected 24/7.

Here are seven alternatives you can consider switching to.



With an aim of putting “people and free speech first” Gab has proved a controversial alternative Twitter. Intentionally or otherwise, Gab has become known as the “alt-right” alternative to Twitter; indeed, it was formed as an antidote to what CEO Andrew Torba described “the entirely left-leaning Big Social monopoly.”

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While a free speech focused service might not seem unreasonable, it hasn’t worked out well for Gab so far. Its mobile app was banned in 2016 from the Apple App Store due to adult content. In 2017, meanwhile, Google removed the app from the Play Store for violating its hate speech policy, noting that Gab failed to “demonstrate a sufficient level of moderation, including for content that encourages violence and advocates hate against groups of people.”

Oh, and the Gab logo is a frog, which has been compared with the Pepe the Frog meme so bewilderingly admired by the “alt-right.”


In truth, there are entirely reasonable discussions on Gab; the distasteful stuff you would have to go looking for. If anything, it is perhaps a good argument against online anonymity. All of this controversy is a shame, as the Gab platform is really good, giving you 300 character status updates. The site feels like a combination of Facebook and Twitter, and Gabs can be automatically shared to Twitter (should you want to).

2. Mastodon

If alt-right and conservative undertones don’t work for you, perhaps a more specialized social network is the answer? Mastodon might be what you’re looking for, an open source alternative to Twitter that gives you far more control over what you see and the conversations you have.

alternative social networks to twitter

The real strength to Mastodon is that it can be used as individual “instances.” This means that you can access specialized versions of the site, usually themed by topic. Star Trek fan? There’s a Mastodon for you. And because Mastodon is open source, you can get your own instance, set it up, and essentially run your own social network.


You’ll need a server for this, as per our guide to creating your own Mastodon instance Your Own Social Network: How to Set Up a Mastodon Instance on Linux Twitter's echo chamber is stifling discussion. If you want to get people talking, you can create your own social network with Mastodon. All you need is a web domain and server to get started... Read More .

Download: Mastodon for iOS | Android

3. Amino

Available as a mobile app (you can run Android apps on a PC How to Emulate Android and Run Android Apps on Your PC It's actually pretty easy to get Android apps running on your desktop or laptop! Here, we step you through the best methods. Read More ), Amino can be installed on Google Play and the Apple App Store. Its focus is similar to Mastodon: you’re given communities to join based on your interests.

Communities on all sorts of topics can be joined, from favorite movies and TV franchises to pop groups and even sub-cultures based on gender and sexuality. Content that parents may deem unsuitable can be found on Amino, and although it has a minimum age of 13, you’ll find content that shouldn’t be seen by children.

Anyone interested in Amino should browse the website first. Although you cannot post or sign up here, you’ll get a flavor of what this social network is all about.

Download: Amino for iOS | Android

4. Raftr

A social network based around unfolding news stories, Raftr lets you engage in conversations with people who share your interests. Raftr groups are known as “rafts” and these enable you to get in touch with friends and would-be friends, and discuss topics.

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Aimed at the 15-25 age group, Raftr provides social spaces for colleges and schools, where you can also engage with friends. All rafts update you with social event notification and other news, too.

Custom rafts can be created too. These might be for personal interests, or to reflect a group or society on campus. Using the mobile app is straightforward, but Raftr is only available on iOS. Android users will either have to wait and hope, access the mobile site.

Download: Raftr for iOS | Mobile Web

5. Plurk

Just a couple of years younger than Twitter, Plurk was founded in 2008 and is especially popular in Taiwan. This probably explains how Plurk has managed to survive so long with a service that is surprisingly similar to Twitter.

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Initially allowing messages of 140 characters (like Twitter), Plurk upped this limit to 360 in 2016. The name “plurk” has several meanings, such as being a portmanteau of “play” and “lurk” or an acronym of peace, love, unity, respect, and karma. But how does this translate to actually using the service?

Plurk utilizes a horizontal timeline, with messages summarized by single verbs (“feels”, “loves”, etc.). As you would expect, media files can be shared, and Plurks can be liked. Emoticons are an important element of the Plurk user experience, and your selection increases as your karma grows. Karma is based on your activity on the social networking site. Group chat and direct messaging are also featured on Plurk.

In many ways, this service is indistinguishable from Twitter, but is overall a friendlier place.

Download: Plurk for iOS | Android | Web


One of those popular apps that adults have somehow never heard of, is aimed at 13-18 year olds. While it’s perhaps not ideal for such an age group this app (available for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire devices), nevertheless delivers access to an interesting social network.

However, it doesn’t make the best hub for conversation. Instead, is all about artistic expression. Plenty of Twitter users share their videos, artwork and more via the microblogging service, however, so makes a suitable alternative destination.

With this network, you’re able to use your phone as a microphone, and record songs, bits of dialogue, and more. Uploading it to then attracts views, and comments and likes. It’s here where things can get a bit sticky with privacy, however. Would a parent be happy for a child’s performance (potentially wearing an outfit that emulates a star known for their sex appeal) to be publicly available online?

Probably not. Fortunately, has privacy settings that can be tweaked to avoid problems here.

Download: for iOS | Android | Amazon

7. Instagram

If you ever share photos on Twitter, then you probably should be on Instagram. Sure, it might be owned by Facebook, and mobile-only, but with hashtag support and the ability to follow some of the biggest names in the world of entertainment The 10 Most Followed People on Instagram: Should You Follow Them Too? This is not our top 10 of Instagram. It's actually the top 10 accounts based entirely on the number of followers each one of them has. Do they merit the hype? Should you follow them... Read More  to some of the best comic book artists 10 Comic Book Artists to Follow on Instagram Many comic book artists find Instagram's clean layout and ease of use is conducive to their craft. Here's a brief selection of comic artists you need to follow. Read More , it makes sense.

alternative social networks to twitter

Perhaps the most important thing about Instagram is that there are so many users. Figures indicate that it grew to 800 million during 2017, which is more than double the number of Twitter users. Being so easy to use, Instagram feels like an obvious Twitter alternative.

Download: Instagram for iOS | Android | Windows 10 Mobile

What’s Your Twitter Replacement?

Whether you plan to get off Twitter today, or think it better to leave it until the people you follow jump ship, these seven destinations are currently the best option.

  1. Gab
  2. Mastodon
  3. Amino
  4. Raftr
  5. Plurk
  6. ly
  7. Instagram

Which one you prefer depends on what you hope to get out of a microblogging/social networking experience. Although Instagram is the best-supported alternative, the flexibility of Mastodon as a Twitter replacement makes it my own preference.

If you decide to stick with Twitter, maybe one of the best Twitter apps for Android will brighten your experience.

And if you’re also in search of a replacement for Google+ The 5 Best Google+ Alternatives to Use Instead Google+ had some great features not easily replicated elsewhere. Here are the best Google+ alternatives. Read More , check out these alternatives:

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  1. gsgsd
    July 15, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Instagram is garbage. There's nothing to it!

  2. Nunya
    May 22, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Most of these alternatives prohibit 18+ content.

  3. John
    March 6, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Hum, an anti-twiter post talking bout Instagram. Thanks, Mark!

  4. Harry
    November 15, 2018 at 8:52 am

    People will only follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens.

  5. trumpQFDaction
    September 12, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Social Media is hard to Make Use Of, same with all tech these days, ever tried cutting the cord with Kodi and Plex, no one wants to learn anything new, even signing up to try something new is not going to happen, when Trump moves, the base will move

  6. Goranko
    February 24, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Trolls, haters, racists... are on every social network. Gab also have racists. Mastodon blocks nazis and allows you to create your own social network. The best alternatives to social media are web hosting sites, blogs, file uploading and file mirroring websites and link bookmarking websites. They don't store too much personal data and there is no trolls, spammers and haters.

    • jose
      June 15, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      do they block communists too???
      communism has killed 5 times more people than nazism ever did.....nobody bans the CHE GUEVARA ...a plain mass murderer

  7. Br
    February 22, 2018 at 12:25 am

    I regret to inform you that twitter has more users than it ever had before and it grew users by 4% in 2017. It’s engagement is greater than its ever been before and it has become a profitable company. So it’s not dying. It’s growing. Sorry you don’t love everything about it. Have fun with the aforementioned alternatives!

  8. Big T
    January 23, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I tried I am a very hard rightwinger, but I ain't no Nazi and the antisemitic posts there disturb me. Raftr looks interesting. I will try that next.

    • Phids
      February 23, 2018 at 3:06 am

      I'm in the same boat. I'm as conservative as they come, but I was alarmed at all the racism and anti-Semitism over there. I started muting users over there (you can't completely block them) but now I'm realizing it may be just too hard. It's a shame since I would like to see a good Twitter alternative emerge in the future. Right now, Twitter is just too ingrained into our culture to be removed quite so easily.

    • Brian
      May 18, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      Raftr, yes, just wonderful (" possibly receives an estimated 58 unique visitors every day." ) according to Alexa ratings.

  9. Laurent de Giorgio
    January 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I mean -
    seriously now?
    Are all the above suggestions earnestly conceived alternatives to one of the best communication platforms ever?
    And an alt-right social network comes first in the line?
    Spare me.

    • FlowerPower57
      August 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Honestly! I was thinking of leaving Twitter but what’s really the alternative? I get the news faster there than anywhere else; I have been able to pretty much choose the information I get on my timeline ( which is all in one place at the same time if I want to see it); I can block out the deplorables (yeah, I said it!) what is a REAL alternative? Although I would leave in a heartbeat because of the continued support of Alex Jones and his ilk...and go to what?

      • gsgsd
        July 15, 2019 at 10:29 am

        WHAT NEWS?!

    • John Smith
      September 8, 2018 at 3:35 am

      "alt-right social network"
      You are indoctrinated into thinking anyone who does not agree with the far left echo chamber is an "alt-right", just because you can't do your own homework.

      "Spare me."
      You spare us your paranoia and conspiracy theories.

  10. dragonmouth
    January 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    All social networks are a cancer on the body of the Internet. They may be convenient, they may provide some desired services but they also provide as many undesired problems (if not more). If they are controlled or moderated, then everybody is only allowed to say the same things and have the same opinion. If they are open then they become platforms for abuse, cyberbullying, ostracism, etc. If social networks disappeared overnight, the Internet would become a much more civilized space.

    And a lot of data harvesting would be eliminated. :-)

  11. Rodrigo
    January 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    "then there’s virtue signaling celebrities, splitting their audience with a typical lack of self-awareness" You just defined Twitter. That is the best description I have seen.

  12. Susan Bellwood
    January 7, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    I have had Twitter since 2008, never used it until this Winter when we did daily treks to another city for health treatments. The rotten weather, road closures and guess what, the cops use Twitter, hydro guys, the road guys, the weather guys, they all use Twitter, so I'm sticking with Twitter. I'm probably in the minority, but I use my phone for texting and communicating when necessary. Gave up my landline 3 years ago and have a good data plan (2 phones, one for me, one for hubs). Twitter it is!

    • Godel
      January 19, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Yes, when many major companies and organizations, public and private, use the likes of Twitter and Facebook as their main forms of communication, whatever the platforms' faults we are probably stuck with them.

      I'm reminded of Winston churchill's comment on democracy, that it was the worst possible form of government except for all the others that had been tried.

    • gsgsd
      July 15, 2019 at 10:32 am

      The website is run by people who think it's okay to want white genocide. People can freely talk shit about white people, men, straight people. and people who aren't trans because they think it's justified.

      And the website is filled with people who claim to want equality, but clearly want some form of supremacy.

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    • BadJasper
      January 11, 2018 at 6:03 pm


      • John Smith
        September 8, 2018 at 3:36 am

        You are an idiot who calls everyone a bot because they trigger you.
        You are one of many reasons twitter is not usable anymore.

        • Badjasper
          September 11, 2018 at 3:33 pm

          LOL! You are one to talk "John Smith". Triggered from something posted 10 months ago. Head back to the basement, get yourself a bag of Cheetos and relax in your SafeSpace Snowflake.

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    • BadJasper
      January 11, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      And, another Bot. What's up with all these bots lately?

      • John Smith
        September 8, 2018 at 3:37 am

        You tell us. You act like a bot.

        • Badjasper
          September 8, 2018 at 4:14 am

          And here we have a troll who took 9 months to reply. LMAO!

        • John Smith
          September 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm

          Hey Badjasper,

          You know all about being a troll, you are one.
          Unfortunately for you, not everyone is glued to their computers/keyboards 24/7.
          Some of us have jobs, run businesses, feed our families, and have lives.
          You should try some of that, you pathetic lifeless troll.

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