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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2024 10:31 am    Post subject: I am done with X / Twitter

Yesterday I deactivated my X / Twitter account. I have done this in the past off and on over the years but it has gotten worse since Musk bought the company. During the 2022 mid terms Musk tweeted (vote republican). Me being a democrat I was willing to still give it a chance until yesterday when my timeline started filling up with tweets from conservative republicans / MAGA. That was the last straw. Musk has turned the site into trash.

I am looking for an alternative site. I can't do Threads because I have no instagram account and don't want one. I signed up for Mastodon but the accounts I like are bots and not very active.

Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2024 11:07 am    Post subject: Re: I am done with X / Twitter

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Yesterday I deactivated my X / Twitter account. I have done this in the past off and on over the years but it has gotten worse since Musk bought the company. During the 2022 mid terms Musk tweeted (vote republican). Me being a democrat I was willing to still give it a chance until yesterday when my timeline started filling up with tweets from conservative republicans / MAGA. That was the last straw. Musk has turned the site into trash.

I am looking for an alternative site. I can't do Threads because I have no instagram account and don't want one. I signed up for Mastodon but the accounts I like are bots and not very active.

Any suggestions?


I'm on Threads a lot (I never use IG but had it to keep up with younger family members).



There's another that starts with "T" that started fast when Twitter went hard right, but I've forgotten its name (it was on my old phone) and I haven't used it much since Threads came out.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2024 11:11 am    Post subject:

There are no good alts. I started a new account just to stay dialed in. The algorithms feed me lakers, design, California etc. I don’t post.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2024 11:20 am    Post subject:

This is the only social media platform with which I participate. It is well moderated, and though I've disagreed with some of discipline and objections with the minority opinions herein, there really is no other place I've found that is informative, interesting, humorous, yet without the crazy (most of the time).
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2024 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: I am done with X / Twitter

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32 wrote:
Yesterday I deactivated my X / Twitter account. I have done this in the past off and on over the years but it has gotten worse since Musk bought the company. During the 2022 mid terms Musk tweeted (vote republican). Me being a democrat I was willing to still give it a chance until yesterday when my timeline started filling up with tweets from conservative republicans / MAGA. That was the last straw. Musk has turned the site into trash.

I am looking for an alternative site. I can't do Threads because I have no instagram account and don't want one. I signed up for Mastodon but the accounts I like are bots and not very active.

Any suggestions?


I'm on Threads a lot (I never use IG but had it to keep up with younger family members).



There's another that starts with "T" that started fast when Twitter went hard right, but I've forgotten its name (it was on my old phone) and I haven't used it much since Threads came out.


Thanks. I went ahead and opened an Instagram account so I could open a Threads account.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2024 9:06 pm    Post subject:

The key to x is to regulate your follow list carefully and never use the “for you” tab. I keep up on Ukraine and some political and news issues there. Still nothing like it for a curated up to date news feed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2024 5:25 am    Post subject:

Omar Little wrote:
The key to x is to regulate your follow list carefully and never use the “for you” tab. I keep up on Ukraine and some political and news issues there. Still nothing like it for a curated up to date news feed.


Thanks Omar. That was my problem. I used the "for you" tab and it was a mess. Maybe I will re activate my account and just follow my followers.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2024 9:13 am    Post subject:

32 wrote:
Omar Little wrote:
The key to x is to regulate your follow list carefully and never use the “for you” tab. I keep up on Ukraine and some political and news issues there. Still nothing like it for a curated up to date news feed.


Thanks Omar. That was my problem. I used the "for you" tab and it was a mess. Maybe I will re activate my account and just follow my followers.


For you just means from Elon. Find good people to follow, read your following feed and also make a point of getting around directly to the feeds you find most timely/relevant. I even have a couple guys I don’t follow because they’re MAGA then crops up on my feed but I go periodically to theirs and hunt information they have on specific subjects like Ukraine. You have to be your own algorithm
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2024 7:24 pm    Post subject:

It would be nice if people put more energy into something like threads. I've never used much social media outside of maybe reddit. It feels like the whole thing is woefully undermoderated and twitter has never been an exception. It just feels like a dumpster fire outside your bedroom window 24/7. The only thing you can do is move, especially with Musk running things. He's just been dumping tires into it
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2024 7:52 pm    Post subject:

Theseus wrote:
It would be nice if people put more energy into something like threads. I've never used much social media outside of maybe reddit. It feels like the whole thing is woefully undermoderated and twitter has never been an exception. It just feels like a dumpster fire outside your bedroom window 24/7. The only thing you can do is move, especially with Musk running things. He's just been dumping tires into it


Twitter is still pretty great as long as you follow the right accounts, never look at the For You tab, and never read comments. I hardly ever tweet anything so it’s essentially read-only and I can curate my experience save for an unsavory ad (and those have definitely increased post-Elon.)

Don’t get me wrong, he has done significant damage to the platform. The whole verified badge fiasco has made the place much worse. But if you use it for sports and some news and other non-political interests it’s just fine. Everyone worth following is still there which is why other alts like Threads and BlueSky haven’t taken off.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2024 11:26 pm    Post subject:

Twitter is only usable if you use a chrome/firefox addon. It removes all ads and suggested posts and only shows what you follow.
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