Alternatives to Twitter and Facebook

A lot of people out there are looking for something when it comes to their everyday social media.

One of the top concerns of social networks like Facebook and Twitter is the issues both companies have is censorship.

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On top of that, when it comes to third-party apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific, both apps have received limitations from Twitter such as its streaming feature and notifications.

Plus, there is always a market for the next big thing. So, with that said, here are the following social networks you can use outside of Twitter and Facebook.

  • Mastodon: This one works a lot like Twitter, with the only big difference being that the social network is not known to be big when it comes to censorship, as well as the fact that users are given 500 characters per post, whereas a tweet on Twitter is 280 characters. Mastodon does not have its own official app in the App Store, but there are multiple apps for the social network available for iOS, iPadOS and macOS devices. Of course, the service is free to use.

 

  • Parler: For this one, it is more popular with those who are politically conservative/Republican types, so it may not be the place for you. However, the social network is completely open to free speech and no censorship. It works similar to Twitter, but users are able to comment on tweets instead of responding to tweets with another tweet. At this time, the social network only has apps available on iOS and iPadOS, but nothing at this time on the Mac.

 

  • Micro.blog: Honestly, I have used this social network briefly and can say that it reminds me a lot of the App.net days. What does make it different is this social network actually costs $5 a month to be a part of. It’s a way so the people who work on it have a steady income and are not reliant on money from advertisers, which could bring privacy concerns to users. However, there is a free version of it too. Additionally, there are apps available to use the service on iOS, iPadOS and macOS.

 

  • Bonfire: It’s one of the newest social networks of 2020 and we have a community on it too. It works similarly to Reddit where users post content based on a community they are a part of. For example, if you wanted to post that you got the new iPhone 12 Pro Max, it would make sense to put it in the Apple community, as that would be the best place to get a good reaction from, especially since users in it would be interested in that. It can be accessed on iOS, iPadOS and macOS.

What do you think of this list of social network alternatives? Let us know if we missed any on our Twitter at @appleosophy.

David Becker
Author: David Becker

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