Twitter isn’t quite what it used to be, and a new overlord is the reason why, but another service is out of invite-only status if you’re looking for a new place to try.
Ever since Elon Musk took over Twitter, it’s safe to say that the social network hasn’t been quite the same. Twitter is now X, tweets are now posts, and the network seems to be filled with more hatred and vitriol than we’ve seen in the way, way, way too long this journalist has been on that platform.
Doomscrolling may as well be just regular scrolling, because X/Twitter is a place that feels frustrating, almost like it wants you to see anarchy and chaos and so on and so on.
It’s no doubt that other players are popping up to fill the void, such as the slightly more complex Mastodon, and the Meta-owned Threads, both of which work differently, yet still provide the micro-posting social approach Twitter thrived on.
And there’s also now another, as the project by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey reaches more people.
Previously an invite-only sort of deal, Bluesky is now open to everyone, offering another Twitter-like social media service in a decentralised way, which is also how Mastodon works.
You can post on the platform and have the algorithm trigger suggestions, though given the smaller user base, it might not have all of the craziness going on over at X/Twitter. Mind you, that’s probably a good thing.
The downside is it’s like starting over, which can be a drag for some. Hopefully, though, finding a social network you’re happy with means finding a group of humans to follow, connect to, and converse with means being happy on social media once again, and there is much more choice now, it seems. TikTok even has one to check out.