Twitter Alternatives

    As a social network infamous for its strict character limits on posts and feeds that update in real-time, Twitter has grown into one of the most ubiquitous social networks and websites on the entire Internet, used as a source for communication and news alike.

    It’s easy to see why, considering its easy to use and understand user interface and availability on the most popular platforms. Its popularization of hashtags and trends make you feel like you're participating in a global conversation.

    It's hard to match the platform availability that Twitter has, but it's been met with criticism on its policies in regard to what can and cannot be discussed. There are alternatives to Twitter that highlight free speech, as well as those that are decentralized in order to ensure impartiality and total user control.

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 25, 2021

    • A social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online. View 152 alternatives to Gab
      Almost everyone thinks Gab is a great alternative to Twitter.

      Warning

      Gab is less moderated compared to other social networks and could be offensive to some people

      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Online
      • Android
      • Self-Hosted
      Gab vs Twitter
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      GAB does not censor free speech, but instead allows users to mute users/ content themselves. Superior to corporate censorship.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      bernieshowalter Free. No commercials. No shadow banning or censorship of Views.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      ccesar Have a different feature set: a voting on links system similar to Reddit.
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

      Gab is NOT a haven for extremists. It's a haven for people like me who want to get away from extremists. There's no censorship of your views and opinions because the CEO doesn't like them and it's totally free of the cancel-culture lobby.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      Open to Conservative voices
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      Gab's Pro Free Speech is better than Twitter's denial of freedom. Alternativeto should remove warning on Gab and place it on Twitter.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      Gab is a Free Speech site... not illegal. There's a difference. I'm sad that this site has a Warning label on a great site with great users. Disapppointed in you, alternativeto.net :(
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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    • Mastodon is a decentralized microblogging engine. FEATURES - Free and open-source. - Decentralized, no worries about a single company controlling your communications. View 100 alternatives to Mastodon
      Almost everyone thinks Mastodon is a great alternative to Twitter.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Cloudron
      Mastodon vs Twitter
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Decentralized social media app that doesn't collect private data, has no advertisements and uses free and open source software. Censorship free due to ability to host your own instances. No recommendation algorithms that contribute to online radicalization. Optimizable and extendable for individual needs due to being open source.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      mrmbl It's very much like Twitter with a character limit of 500, except there's not *one* website you have to trust, but you can choose the mastodon server ("instance") that you trust and they are linked, so you can follow people from other instances. The instances all have their own rules, so you can pick a place with as few or many rules as you are comfortable with.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      XanderLeaDaren It’s part of the Fediverse
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      Lot better than twitter plus lot safer
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      Mogster Similar to Twitter but decentralized with no ads, no tracking and open source!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Open source, secure, customisable, and managed by people who care about the quality of it's users
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      amenthes Mastodon is similar in a lot of ways, but different in a very important one: people or small groups of people can have their own server. These server then connect to each other in much the same way that email does. Everyone can talk, but you really own your own data.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    • We are a free and open-source platform to launch your digital brand, social network and mobile app. We are also a social network ourselves. View 150 alternatives to Minds
      Most users think Minds is a great alternative to Twitter.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Minds vs Twitter
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      samclark It'a FB, Twitter and youtube rolled into one.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      MindMunition I can do everything on Minds I can do on Twitter with no censorship!
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      thomasfrankenbach some posts are from Minds + Users - to see them you need a Minds + Account, wich is not free.
      Positive comment 19 days ago

      I have been on Minds.com since the beginning.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      twiinscorpio More of an Alt To Facebook. Great site. 100 times better than facebook.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      free speech. no censorship. no politcal bullcrap. simple, honest and true. hope they do now become a political social conglomerate under disguised as leftist.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      No arbitrary, hypocritical and officious biassed moderation of free speech for corporate self gratification electing itself to moral superiority (albeit hypocritical- no criticism of Israel allowed) thus among a self-appointed Chosen of the modern neo-Marxist Cult Mind.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    • Diaspora is a federated social networking service, designed to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Facebook . View 130 alternatives to Diaspora
      Some users think Diaspora is a great alternative to Twitter, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Online
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      • Ruby
      Diaspora vs Twitter
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Diaspora makes great use of hashtags, and has a large user base with many established instances. It also allows a person to have an account there but connect across other platforms like GNUSocial, Friendica and Hubzilla
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      clacke_ Diaspora is a network, not a single service. You can run your own service ("pod"), and still follow users from other pods in the network, and like and comment on their posts.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      velnemed Diaspora is a Facebook alternative, it's not Twitter-like
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      decentralized and easy to use
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      because you can type what you want and they won't ban you for it!
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      not a micro blogging site.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

    • Pixelfed is an image sharing platform with focus on Privacy, Safety and Security, an ethical alternative to centralized platforms like Instagram. Federated, Ad-Free, No algorithms, No 3rd party analytics or tracking. Can run on your own server. View 134 alternatives to PixelFed
    • GNU social is a continuation of the StatusNet project. It is social communication software for both public and private communications. View 99 alternatives to GNU social
      Almost everyone thinks GNU social is a great alternative to Twitter.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      GNU social vs Twitter
      pros, cons and recent comments
      godisinthewind It is very similar to twitter, but it is decentralized. In many instances the character count is higher which is nice.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    • Distributed social network. With focus on decentralization, privacy, interoperability. View 127 alternatives to Friendica
      Some users think Friendica is a great alternative to Twitter, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      • PHP
      Friendica vs Twitter
      pros, cons and recent comments
      clacke_ Friendica is part of the OStatus fediverse, the ActivityPub fediverse and the Diaspora Federation. Your service is only one out of many, and you can interact with users running Diaspora, SocialHome, Mastodon, Pleroma, PixelFed, PeerTube and other services, and like and comment on their content. If you don't like how your service is run, you can run your own and still be part of the same networks.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      skyling Designed after the Facebook-style model, not microblogging
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

    • Nitter is a free and open-source front-end mirror of Twitter, which allows you to consult Twitter, with a focus on privacy. View 126 alternatives to Nitter
      Almost everyone thinks Nitter is a great alternative to Twitter.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Google Chrome
      • Firefox
      Nitter vs Twitter
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It's a good front-end alternative to Twitter, if you like privacy and such. It's not an alternative _service_ to Twitter, as it still connects to Twitter servers.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

    • Pleroma is a free, federated social networking server built on open protocols. It is compatible with GNU Social, Mastodon, and many other ActivityPub and OStatus implementations. View 17 alternatives to Pleroma
      Almost everyone thinks Pleroma is a great alternative to Twitter.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      Pleroma vs Twitter
      pros, cons and recent comments
      clacke_ Pleroma is part of the OStatus fediverse and the ActivityPub fediverse. Your service is only one out of many, and you can interact with users running SocialHome, Mastodon, Pleroma, PixelFed, PeerTube and other services, and like and comment on their content. If you don't like how your service is run, you can run your own and still be part of the same networks.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      ccesar Interface similar to Twitter, interacts with the Fediverse, better moderation tools than Mastodon.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    • A decentralized messaging and sharing app built on top of Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB). View 54 alternatives to Patchwork
      Almost everyone thinks Patchwork is a great alternative to Twitter.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Patchwork vs Twitter
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Patchwork is a decentralized messaging platform where your computer networks have the same topology as your social networks.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      ktorn Patchwork the p2p social network is actively used and growing fast. The "Patchwork" client is being replaced by newer clients, like patchwork-next.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      borysn89 this is a healthy community space
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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