Twitter layoffs: Will Elon Musk survive as users join alternative platforms?

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Last week it was sinking. Now we’re sinking lower and lower

A week is a long time on social networks. It’s hard to believe it’s only been a week since billionaire and Tesla chief Elon Musk got the keys to Twitter.com, but a lot has happened since then.

It started with the immediate firing of the site’s top executives, for “misleading” Musk about the number of spam accounts on the platform. In a dark and depressing turn of events, Twitter staff told NationalWorld they expect all UK staff to be put on gardening leave. On top of that, they expressed concern about the spread of misinformation and the long-term health of the platform.

In the meantime, we’ve had some frankly bizarre claims from users being charged for a blue tick or paying to get a blue tick themselves for just $20 a month. So much for freedom of expression. It’s hard not to echo Twitter staff’s concerns about the long-term health of the platform. The platform rarely makes a profit, but it’s hard to see how removing people who help moderate and curate the content we see on the site will prevent it from becoming the “”Free-for-All”. Hellscape “” which Musk said he wanted to avoid when he bought it.

Elon Musk’s Twitter account displayed on a phone screen (NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It will be even more difficult if people leave the platform. Unconfirmed reports suggest up to a million users have left since Musk walked into Twitter headquarters with his sink. If the situation turns bad, there are alternatives…

What are the best Twitter alternatives?

  • Mastodon: Until about a week ago, this (shameful) writer had not heard of this platform. But it seems like a lot of people saw the platform as an alternative to Twitter, with an estimate 70,000 registered users on the site since Musk became the head of Twitter. In style, it most closely resembles Twitter, with micro-blogging features and, reassuringly, they’re hot on environmental protection stories. Interestingly, the platform is decentralized, which means that it cannot be controlled by one company or billionaire. Relief for users everywhere.
  • Reddit: The world forum. There’s not a lot that goes undiscussed on Reddit, offering the variety that Twitter offers, though its range of topics can prove overwhelming in our instant world. Although it doesn’t have the microblogging features or easy-to-use interactivity, it is moderated by a team of dedicated moderators. Again, a relief for Twitter users.
  • tumblr: 2010 called and they want to talk. It wasn’t us, it was them and they want us to give them another chance. Tumblr is back. From a user experience perspective, Tumblr was ahead of its time. Its layout and variety made it interesting to see, and users can post text, videos, or images, which other users can then comment on or “reblog.” The site that was probably ahead of its time may experience a (cleaner) rebirth again.

Other variants:

  • Blue sky: The new project of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, which is still in beta phase. However, it recently emerged that Dorsey remains invested in Twitter under Musk, so it’s not really an “alternative”. Sorry.
  • Discord: Like Reddit, but more of a general discussion rather than focusing on individual topics. A good platform in its own right, but not very similar to Twitter.
  • Instagram/Facebook/TikTok: Never change a winning formula, etc. All social media platforms have their issues, but there’s a reason these three platforms are some of the most popular in the world. If you can look beyond those, these three offer the variety you need.

If next week is as chaotic as the last, go to [insert website name] later.

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