By Trevor Brown
Previously I have reviewed my experience with 4 YouTube alternatives. In the spirit of that article I seek to tell my story about these twitter alternatives. It is my hope that by putting in writing the virtues, flaws, functionalities,…etc to full attention in the public light. Then people will be able to compare and contrast that to their own social media experience and thus decentralize their online social media presence as I have. Now that I have explained myself further here is my experience with these liberty based twitter alternatives. Since twitter has editorial policies under the disguise of community guidelines. It is important to find micro-blogging sites like twitter with more inclusive and first-amendment friendly guidelines.
Parler is a social media platform that functions exactly like twitter. However, it’s community is quite different. First and foremost one of these differences is that to sign up you need a valid email address and a phone number.
Parler as a jury of your peers feature for when your post or account violates terms of service conditions allowing Parler communities to stay wholesome and maintain free-speech.
Secondly, the community is quite different. Parler is packed with conservative, libertarian, liberals, leftists, socialists,…etc just like twitter. However, their is an over-representation of anti-establishment types permeating throughout. People who have been banned from twitter either because of cancel culture or legitimately breaking the rules are on this platform.
To date their has been no instances on cancel culture. However, you will find plenty of people calling various things degenerate.
You will find some artists are on the platform, but much like twitter it is mainly politics.
Functions exactly the same as twitter. However, Gettr is primarily concerned with free-speech and much like Parler I personally have never seen any instances of cancel culture.
Recently, Stand up comic and popular podcaster Joe Rogan joined this platform and has been quite active on what seems to be the most likely candidate for replacing twitter.
The politics of Gettr is similar to Parler however it is far more wholesome. Yes, you will encounter the occasional troll both left and right. However, the culture of anti-establishment boomers, millennials, and Gen-z is something of an odd blend. Patriots, classical-liberals, and conservatives make up the majority of it’s users.
Since micro-blogging site like Twitter and Parler have a dominance of politics throughout. Gettr is no different. However, their is more artists on there musicians or otherwise.
The CEO of Gab Andrew Torba is seeking to use gab to create an alternative economy for people affected by Cancel Culture. Gab functions more like Facebook with pages, groups,…etc. However, it does have some twitter functionalities. Sadly, it is difficulty to grow without joining these group pages.
Gab is basically conservative twitter. A complete and total mirror image. You do have some none hardcore conservative or nationalist voices, but I think time will inevitably heal this wound. Vote with your wallet gab unlike twitter does not discriminate against ideology and I think we should not let Gab become a conservative echo chamber the same way
The Community of Gab is again a mirror image of Twitter. However, you could regard it as edgier. Since Gab’s only editorial policy is the first amendment if you join this platform you will find posts that will make some twitter puritans uncomfortable.
This Article is part of an ongoing series about the decentralization of the internet.