Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion
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Elon Musk's $44bn (£34bn) Twitter takeover went down like a lead balloon for many, with the likes of Stephen Fry, Whoopi Goldberg, Gigi Hadid, Toni Braxton and Jameela Jamil parting ways with the platform.

"RIP Twitter" immediately started trending back in April when Musk initially sealed the deal, with one user saying, "if you're thinking about sticking around, you'll soon regret it." They speculated that Twitter "will quickly evolve into pro-Trump 2024 crayville."

Another added: "I always knew Twitter would kill their own app out of greed."

Fast-forward to November, and loyal Twitter fans have already seen Musk plans to charge for blue ticks, ban users for "impersonation" including Kathy Griffin and mass layoffs.

Twitter may still be one of the largest social media sites out there, but there's an incredible amount of alternatives to try if you're thinking of hanging up your Twitter hat.

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Mastodon gained22,139 new accounts this past week and 10,801 in the day after Musk took over, according to Mastodon chief executive Eugen Rochko.

People already started their transition to Mastodon in April after it experienced an influx of traffic following Musk's takeover announcement.

“Mastodon.social is being slow right now, as far as I can tell because there's twice as many people using it at the same time as ever have,” wrote Founder Eugen Rochko.

The decentralised platform is slightly different to Twitter. Rather than being one big social media site, users can run and host their own communities.


Plurk, an acronym for peace, love, unity, respect, and karma, is a free social media and micro-blogging site.

Like Twitter, a wide range of topics are covered and users can update their lifestream through 360 character posts. The platform even allows anonymous posts, too.


If you're one of the few who didn't cave into peer pressure over the first lockdown, then maybe it's time to join TikTok now.

Known in China as "Douyin", TikTok is a video-focused social networking service where most trends and memes are born.


Founded in 1998, Care2 approaches social media differently, focusing on the good in the world.

The platform aims to connect activists from around the world with other individuals, organisations and responsible businesses making an impact.


Reddit is one of the more mainstream alternatives that most people are familiar with.

It's made up of a network of communities to discuss pretty much anything and everything. There's undoubtedly something for everyone, from home hacks to memes, recipes, and celebrity scandals.


Medium is an open platform for people to share their takes on any topic.

Their said purpose is to "spread these ideas and deepen understanding of the world."

WT Social

WT Social was founded by the Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales – initially as an alternative to Facebook.

They pride themselves on being a "non-toxic" social network where "advertisers don't call the shots."

The Dots

If you used Twitter as a networking tool, The Dots could be for you.

It connects people from the creative industry and allows users to get advice, share ideas and find jobs.


Let's face it, most people probably already have an Instagram account, with roughly one billion monthly active users. The platform is a great space to capture, edit & share photos, videos & messages with friends & family.


Ello is a global community for creatives that allows people to showcase art, photography, fashion and web culture.

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