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The best alternative to Twitter is Mastodon, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Twitter and many of them are so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting alternatives to Twitter are Gab, Minds, Diaspora and Pixelfed.

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  1. Mastodon icon

    Mastodon

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    108 alternatives to Mastodon 

    Mastodon is a Free and Open Source federated social network, made with a focus on more personal interaction.

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    1.  DecentralizedMastodon is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeMastodon doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Privacy focusedMastodon is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    4.  Support for ActivityPubMastodon support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    5.  Two-factor AuthenticationMastodon supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    6.  Dark ModeMastodon supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    7.  Support for @mentionsMastodon supports the use of mentions through @ to a particular user, who will be notified personally.
    8.  No TrackingMastodon will not track you or use your personal data.
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    Social networking, back in your hands
    You're in control. You decide who you see in your home feed. No surprises.
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    Almost everyone thinks Mastodon is a great alternative to Twitter.
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    Goldmaster

    Many people are moving to mastodon due to being centralised the Twitter basket with eggs is beginning to crack.

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    Festo

    It is a great alternative because, unlike Twitter, it is: Ad-free, Uncensored, Decentralized, Open source and Privacy focused.

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    AlternativeToMe

    A great tool to chat like IRC and Discord, but nothing like a traditional social network like Twitter itself.

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    sander732

    I like at as a Twitter replaser because it does te same but better

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    Guest

    Free of talking not buried with the algorithms no restriction completely freed.

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    Mawoka

    Mastodon feels like Twitter, but friendlier people without an algorithm, so you don't get addicted to Mastodon.

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    Guest

    The connection with other people is greater then anywhere else I’ve been on the internet.

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  2. Gab icon

    Gab

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    136 alternatives to Gab 

    Gab Social is an open source and fully decentralized social network powered by the Gab Platform. It is the new social network of Gab.com. This change was made to further Gab's commitment to its users trust and privacy online.

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    1.  Ad-freeGab doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Privacy focusedGab is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  DecentralizedGab is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Gab without registration.
    5.  Dark ModeGab supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Gab is less moderated compared to other social networks and could be offensive to some people

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    Almost everyone thinks Gab is a great alternative to Twitter.
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    RemovedUser

    Gab caters more to an alt-right audience, and in no way values the speech of its opponents.

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    bernieshowalter

    Free. No commercials. No shadow banning or censorship of Views.

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    altenativeto

    It's dominated by far-right racists from the USA. No sufficient Moderation

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    dessalines790

    Its not a twitter alt, just a hate site.

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    s0raz

    Without censorship. Unfortunately, there is so little people using it.

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    Guest

    It's great for free speech and not controlled by big tech.

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    3li0

    Gab is a solid social network, whereas twitter and facebook censor information Gab does the opposite, it lets the user decide what is relevant to them and effectively does not treat their user base like five year olds.

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  3. Minds icon

    Minds

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    139 alternatives to Minds 

    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. It is a global social network of social networks. Available in either decentralized or centralized options.

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    1.  DecentralizedMinds is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedMinds is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  GamificationMinds makes use of game-design elements such as point scoring, competition, achievements, etc.
    Minds.com homepage
    Channel. Also known as profile.
    Ad-Sharing and monetizing options
    Minds vs Twitter opinions
    Most users think Minds is a great alternative to Twitter.
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    samclark

    It'a FB, Twitter and youtube rolled into one.

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    MindMunition

    I can do everything on Minds I can do on Twitter with no censorship!

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    wonderwarthog

    More like Facebook than Twitter.

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    iamdesmondking

    Minds is equally secured, zero tolerance to spammers

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    kozumel

    Got kicked out recently... no reason why, cannot login, password recovery does not work and won't be able to use the same @ if willing to sign up again because it is "already taken". This looks to me like if my account has been stolen in some way a couple of months ago but I am not able to get it back again since help is just not working. Too bad.

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    thomasfrankenbach

    some posts are from Minds + Users - to see them you need a Minds + Account, wich is not free.

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    Guest

    I have been on Minds.com since the beginning.

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  4. Diaspora icon

    Diaspora

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    126 alternatives to Diaspora 

    Diaspora is a federated social networking service, designed to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Facebook . Share what you want, with whom you want.

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    1.  DecentralizedDiaspora is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedDiaspora is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  No TrackingDiaspora will not track you or use your personal data.
    4.  Ad-freeDiaspora doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  Support for MarkDownDiaspora supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    6.  Support for ActivityPubDiaspora support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
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    Diaspora vs Twitter opinions
    Some users think Diaspora is a great alternative to Twitter, some don't.
    Guest

    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

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    Guest

    decentralized and easy to use

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    velnemed

    Diaspora is a Facebook alternative, it's not Twitter-like

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    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.

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    Guest

    because you can type what you want and they won't ban you for it!

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    Guest

    not a micro blogging site.

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  5. Pixelfed icon

    Pixelfed

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    125 alternatives to Pixelfed 

    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.

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    1.  DecentralizedPixelfed is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedPixelfed is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Support for ActivityPubPixelfed support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    4.  Ad-freePixelfed doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  6. Pleroma icon

    Pleroma

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    29 alternatives to Pleroma 

    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.

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    1.  Support for ActivityPubPleroma support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    2.  DecentralizedPleroma is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    3.  LightweightPleroma consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Privacy focusedPleroma is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  No TrackingPleroma will not track you or use your personal data.
    6.  Ad-freePleroma doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Almost everyone thinks Pleroma is a great alternative to Twitter.
    swapnilgnu

    A light-weight decentralized alternative for microblogging.

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    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.

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    ccesar

    Interface similar to Twitter, interacts with the Fediverse, better moderation tools than Mastodon.

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    GNU social

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    90 alternatives to GNU social 

    GNU social is a continuation of the StatusNet project. It is social communication software for both public and private communications. It is widely supported and has a large userbase.

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    1.  DecentralizedGNU social is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeGNU social doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionGNU social has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  Privacy focusedGNU social is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    Screenshot of a GNU social website with Swedish localization.
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    Almost everyone thinks GNU social is a great alternative to Twitter.
    godisinthewind

    It is very similar to twitter, but it is decentralized. In many instances the character count is higher which is nice.

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  8. Friendica icon

    Friendica

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    122 alternatives to Friendica 

    Friendica is a distributed social network application. Which allow users to connect with others via their own Friendica server, but may also fully integrate contacts from other platforms including Twitter, diaspora*, Pump.io and StatusNet into their 'newsfeed'.

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    1.  DecentralizedFriendica is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedFriendica is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Support for ActivityPubFriendica support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
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    Timeline of the user meeting forum. Duepunto Zero theme.
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    Friendica vs Twitter opinions
    Some users think Friendica is a great alternative to Twitter, some don't.
    skyling

    Designed after the Facebook-style model, not microblogging

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    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.

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  9. Hubzilla icon

    Hubzilla

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    76 alternatives to Hubzilla 

    Hubzilla is a powerful platform for creating interconnected based websites featuring a decentralised identity, communications, and permissions framework built using common webserver technology. Hubzilla is very suitable for communities (of any size).

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    1.  DecentralizedHubzilla is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Support for ActivityPubHubzilla support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    3.  Calendar IntegrationHubzilla lets you sync your tasks and events with your calendar application.
    4.  Privacy focusedHubzilla is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Ad-freeHubzilla doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Patchwork

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    51 alternatives to Patchwork 

    A decentralized messaging and sharing app built on top of Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB).

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    1.  DecentralizedPatchwork is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Works OfflinePatchwork can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Ad-freePatchwork doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  No TrackingPatchwork will not track you or use your personal data.
    5.  Privacy focusedPatchwork is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    Discontinued

    Patchwork v3.18.1 was the last release.It is no longer in development since May 2021. Furthermore, the GitHub repository was archived.

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    Almost everyone thinks Patchwork is a great alternative to Twitter.
    Guest

    Patchwork is a decentralized messaging platform where your computer networks have the same topology as your social networks.

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    ktorn

    Patchwork the p2p social network is actively used and growing fast. The "Patchwork" client is being replaced by newer clients, like patchwork-next.

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    borysn89

    this is a healthy community space

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