4 of the Best Twitter Alternatives

Twitter remains the big dog of condensed public conversation. The all-powerful platform is the closest thing we have to a speakers’ square in the digital era, but many people are increasingly frustrated by it and looking for alternatives.

On the one hand, you have people who believe it’s curtailing free speech by banning outspoken users, and on the other hand it’s a toxic cesspool where there isn’t enough control over what’s being said.

So why not jump ship, abandon Twitter altogether and find a social platform that’s more aligned with you? There are some great alternatives out there now, and we’ve picked out the best of them.

1. Mastodon

Probably the most popular Twitter alternative currently available, Mastodon is an open-source microblogging platform filled with ‘toots’ instead of tweets. See what they did there?


Instead of being centrally hosted, Mastodon uses individual “instances” created by users, allowing you to join various instances each with their own rules, policies and codes of conduct.

Mastodon essentially lets you find instances and communities whose principles of online conduct you most agree with. This way you get to engage with the types of people you want to rather than exposing yourself to the whole world.

Toots are a bit longer than tweets, too, with 500-character limits as opposed to Twitter’s 280.

2. Gab

Swinging to the opposite end of the political spectrum, Gab has built up something of a reputation as a haven for conservatives, libertarians, and other traditionally right-leaning folk.


The principle here is free speech above all, which inevitably means a lot more unmoderated and virile content. On the other hand, maybe you see this as the worthwhile price of free speech?

Gab is where you’ll find several of the high-profile people who’ve been banned from Twitter, chief among them the infamous Alex Jones – messiah to others, weirdly watchable madman to others.

3. Amino

Once again returning to the theme of tailored social networking, Amino is a teenager-focused platform based around communities. This ensures that you can engage with people who share your interests, making it a more focused alternative to Twitter.


With over a million communities chattering away within it, Amino is pretty well established, with some of its most successful communities revolving around geek culture like video-games, movies and anime.

One of Amino’s more interesting quirks is its dedication to anonymity, to the point that you can have one name when engaging with one community, and another name for a different community.

4. Peeks

If we say “Twitter but with videos,” you’d probably think that something like that must exist already (aside from Twitter itself, which does support videos). But there isn’t a social network out there that’s as committed to the idea of short video snaps as Peeks (formerly known as Keek).


With a maximum length of 36 seconds, a video on Peeks forces you to be pithy and snappy with whatever you post. It’s almost word-free, except for a private messaging option, so it’s all about your capabilities to express yourself in front of (or behind) the camera.


These are the best Twitter alternatives we’ve found. Do you have anything else that we haven’t stumbled upon?

None of these social networks can match Twitter for raw popularity, but they all have more focus on tailoring your experience. Besides, maybe getting away from all that text-based noise is part of the reason you’re looking for an alternative in the first place!

Robert Zak Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.


  1. Gab is GArBage. I took a quick look and it is downright poisonous filth and the users look like drug addicts or something. There is even a profile of ,real Melania Trump. Don’t you imagine the posters on the website Gab?

    Why do all these sites quickly descent to anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and bashing refugees? As if there is nothing else in their lives. I am going to hate myself first if every second of my life is spent hating people of other races and nationalities. That would mean something is wrong with me.

    1. There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re just living in the wrong country. China, North Korea and the former U.S.S.R. are “hate” speech free. What are you waiting for?

      1. Your sarcasm was not lost however I believe you may be.
        I’m what you would call impartial as I’m a Canadian with no ties to any political party. I’ve been paying close attention to my brothers and sisters to the south (mexico too) and am appalled at the “pack mentality” raging through America like California wildfires. The unfounded hate speech in question is obviously protected by your freedom of speech however the average individual citizen who prefers to entertain logical fact founded ideas doesn’t want to waste their time listening or responding to self imposed ignorance.
        Now, I may be wrong but it certainly sounds as though you (morete) fall under this category…..I guess GAB IS FOR YOU. “you’re living in the wrong country”……..No sir, it is you who is living in the wrong time, goose step your way back to Nazi Germany and you’ll find yourself amongst friends…. JAWOHL

      1. It’s called mute or block. Free speech is entirely free not just your opinion. You should be allowed to say what you want, people will stop listening to the insane, they will weed themselves out.

  2. I signed up for Mastodon already. :) It works just like Twitter – the only negative is that I can’t @ any famous people. I use Twitter mainly 4 venting excess thought and live tweeting shows & stuff tho – I think it will give me enough to scratch those itches.

  3. Mastadon is censored & therefore rubbish.
    Free-speech and open debate are not permitted on Mastadon

    1. @Philly9milly

      That’s true! What’s more, the Gab site now contains Mastodon’s in-house technology, a feature that arrived in July 2019. I have always preferred Gab’s earlier look, which is much more unique and clean.

  4. Seems the reviews say it all about these sites apps . They crash . Waste of time to download. Not interested .

  5. So my comments above call these four sites you mentioned one way or another as censored. Twitter’s not exactly a bastion for free thought especially if you’re conservative. But then again your article isn’t exactly free of bashing on conservatives yourself.

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