Twitter is changing rapidly under its new Elon Musk ownership. On Thursday night, rumors that the social media platform was on the verge of crashing prompted users to write possible goodbyes should things go down.
The app is still making the rounds, but users are struggling to find alternative methods of communication. The hashtags #TwitterOFF, #Twittershutdown and #TwitterMigration are all the rage in the US and Google is looking for alternative platforms, such as MustardThey are increasing.
Here’s a list of places to go, online and in person, instead of Twitter.
Young people are increasingly relying on visual platforms instead of Twitter. In fact, investigation bank says that most American teens don’t use Twitter at all. Instead, their time on BeReal, Instagram and TikTok is growing.
In Philadelphia, locally run Instagram and TikTok accounts cater to a variety of interests. From public art accounts like @phillypublicart to the local rapper 2 rareboth apps have a little something for everyone.
It would be nearly impossible to create a comprehensive list, but here are some Philly accounts to start:
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Reddit is a popular network that acts as a message board forum. Users can subscribe and participate in subreddits, subgroups based on categories. Each subreddit has its own moderators in charge. Those moderators act as administrators and can determine the rules along with who can join and who can be kicked out of the group. Posts can be upvoted or downvoted (like the recent thumbs-down feature on Twitter).
Philly Main Subreddit, r/philadelphia has more than 434,000 subscribers. It’s a place to share news links, talk about neighborhoods, and ask for advice. The platform has thousands of other subreddits that users can join based on their interests. For example, him Eagles the fans have their own subreddit with 237,000 followers. the 76ers, Phillies, frillsY Union fans also have dedicated subreddits.
Discord and Mastodon are separate server based platforms that allow users to communicate with each other. Discord can be compared to Slack or Microsoft Teams. It allows users to exchange voice messages, texts, calls, and files. By contrast, Mastodon is promoted as an open source application that is like a “less toxic Twitter.” It works like an email account. You choose your server when you sign up and you can chat and interact with others based on your interests.
The Internet can be a great place to connect and meet new people. But it can also turn into a festival of dark, toxic sludge. A popular meme on Twitter featured people telling each other to “touch grass”, implying that they were spending too much time online. know your meme says the phrase became more and more popular throughout 2021. But you don’t have to take this literally. Any kind of time outdoors can help. fight all that blue light. Amidst Twitter rumors disappearance, users joked about finding peace and happiness without feeling tied down to the app. So maybe just… go outside?
Phones are banned at Hop Sing Laundromat, the quirky cash-only laundromat chinatown cocktail bar. There is no internet and you better not even think about taking a selfie. Hop Sing opened in 2012 and its strict policies gained national attention. House rules include phones, flip flops, sandals or shorts. Going to films or a theatrical production will also bring you closer to a phone-free zone.
Change your hands to write for a tactile activity like pottery or candle making. Throughout the Philadelphia area, there are classes offered for performing arts, fitness, arts and crafts, and cooking. With the new year approaching, it could be the perfect time to start something new, maybe glass blowing?
And remember: if you really miss tweeting, you can always try your hand at bird watching.