Can’t Decide What to Do About Twitter? Here Are Some Options

Not everyone is impressed by Mastodon. Some call it clunky and slow, others in the security world say it’s far from perfect, and because different servers may operate differently, there’s no consistency in moderation and rules.

And you may be philosophically opposed to messages on Mastodon being referred to as “toots” instead of “tweets”.

The case for Post, Hive Social or other networks

Post News is another interesting option; it seems built for news dogs and journalists. But it only launched at the end of November, so it’s still in beta and has a waiting list. Founded by former Waze CEO Naom Bardin, it seems geared towards allowing users to buy, comment on and share articles from news providers as well as tipsters without the character count being limited to posts.

Another new social network, Hive Social, is mobile-only and currently ad-free. It feels a lot more like Instagram or even a throwback to MySpace than Twitter in that it’s very media-centric and geared towards connecting with friends, not discussing serious world events or running for office. You can add a theme song to your profile and share things like your zodiac sign on your profile.

The case against Post, Hive Social or other networks

Many of the same reasons against switching to Mastodon apply to these other social networks. They have far fewer users than Twitter, they may lack features you rely on, and since many of them are startups, they may not be available long-term.

Security is also dubious on the newer social networks, and we don’t know that much about how they’ll handle an influx of users and the challenges that come with it, or if they’ll do much to moderate content.

Ultimately, it’s risky to put a lot of energy into unproven social networks that might go the way of Plurk or Google+. Instead, you could just focus more energy on established platforms you already use, like Instagram, Facebook, or Linkedin. Obviously they all have their own issues, but they’re very unlikely to go away and are much more stable than Twitter is in 2022.

The case for ending your Twitter career

What if you just let go? How about accepting that Twitter was a moment, a very long time, when people posted their micro-thoughts, and those micro-thoughts had an unprecedented impact on politics and culture – and that time was finally over?

Instead of continuing on a path that has run its course, how about just quitting? Not looking for another way to do the same thing, but looking for something completely different to do with that time and energy? What if you had a hobby that didn’t involve posting at all?

It sure feels like many users have reassessed their entire relationship with social media over the past few years, and that can go beyond just deciding whether or not to continue tweeting.

You could leave your Twitter account in place, frozen in time without deleting it, or just Save your tweet archive For posterity, delete the account and walk away forever.

Maybe this is the moment when your life changes completely because you decide never to tweet again. If this idea fills you with nervous, elated excitement, it may be the best and longest overdue decision you can make.

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-decide-quit-twitter-mastodon-post-hive-social/ Can’t Decide What to Do About Twitter? Here Are Some Options

Zack Zwiezen

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