Hive, Mastodon, Truth Social or Tribel? MailOnline tests four Twitter alternatives as millions of users desert Elon Musk’s platform

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  • Twitter CEO Elon Musk warns that Twitter ‘will not survive’ if it doesn’t make money
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  • In case Twitter folds, MailOnline tries four options and picks the best

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It’s been quite a dramatic start for new Twitter owner Elon Musk since he bought the platform late last month for $44 billion.

The self-proclaimed ‘Chief Twit’ has fired nearly 3,700 of Twitter’s 7,500 employees, while hundreds of others have resigned after Musk decided not to be part of the ‘extremely radical’ Twitter 2.0.

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Musk’s takeover has also raised concerns about the spread of misinformation and hate speech on the platform, with several controversial accounts – including Donald Trump’s – having been banned in the past.

According to MIT Technology ReviewTwitter may have more than a million users since Elon Musk took over — many of whom have demanded an alternative app.

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Here, MailOnline tries out four Twitter rivals – Mastodon, Hive Social, Tribel and Donald Trump’s Truth Social – and picks a favourite.

MailOnline tried out four Twitter rivals – Mastodon, Hive, Tribel and Donald Trump’s Truth Social – and picked a favorite

Trump founded Truth Social in 2021 after being banned from Twitter.  Truth Social lets users post 'truths' instead of tweets

Trump founded Truth Social in 2021 after being banned from Twitter. Truth Social lets users post ‘truths’ instead of tweets

Trump has no plans to use Twitter

Former US President Donald Trump has no plans to return to Twitter despite his account being restored by new owner Elon Musk.

When asked whether he would return to Twitter at the annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, the former president said, “I don’t see any reason to.”

He said he would stick with his new platform, Truth Social, an app developed by his Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) company.

Truth Social has better user engagement than Twitter and is doing ‘phenomenally well’, Trump said.

Musk restored Trump’s account @realDonaldTrump on Monday following the results of the Twitter poll.

Trump’s account was deleted after his role in last year’s attack on the US Capitol.

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Truth Social is a social media platform founded by former US President Donald Trump after he was banned from Twitter last year.

Trump’s Twitter account was deleted after the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, although it has been restored by new Twitter owner Elon Musk.

Truth Social is remarkably similar to Twitter.

In fact, it feels like a place for people who have been banned from Twitter at one time or another – almost like a rival treehouse for kids at school.

Posts are called ‘Satya’ instead of tweets, while verified users have red instead of blue ticks next to their names.

For desktop, the layout seems almost identical, with a menu on the left with ‘Home’, ‘Search’, ‘Alerts’, Profile’ and ‘Settings’.

To the right is a list of trending topics, including #Jan6, #CelebrateLifeMonth and #EndTheFBI.

To create an account, I must enter my date of birth to verify I am at least 18 years old.

It then wants my phone number, which I reluctantly give so it can send me a verification code, followed by a username and a photo.

Once my account is created, Truth Social gives me a list of accounts to follow, with Donald Trump at the top.

Also on the list are his wife Melania Trump, their son Eric Trump, American conservative political commentator Dave Rubin, Paramount activist Jack Posobiec and controversial Australian columnist Miranda Devine.

There are also official accounts for the conservative news and opinion site American Greatness and the far-right site Breitbart News.

I follow Donald Trump and later decide to follow more accounts. Then I am directed to the homepage.

I notice that in the last 24 hours Trump has ‘Make America Great Again!!!’ Posted.

Ah yes, it sounds very familiar. It’s like throwback to Twitter in 2016.

With the same profile photo, handle and bio, Trump's Truth social account looks remarkably similar to his Twitter account - except with red ticks instead of blue ticks

With the same profile photo, handle and bio, Trump’s Truth social account looks remarkably similar to his Twitter account – except with red ticks instead of blue ticks

Twitter: Donald Trump's account was restored by new owner and CEO Elon Musk following the results of a survey

Twitter: Donald Trump’s account was restored by new owner and CEO Elon Musk following the results of a survey

Truth Social's layout relies heavily on Twitter.  It is selected for the red verified check next to the account name instead of blue

Truth Social’s layout relies heavily on Twitter. It is selected for the red verified check next to the account name instead of blue

Browsing the list of ‘People to Follow’, I noticed that there are no accounts I want to engage with, and instead what seem to be a lot of alt-right figures.

Truth Social soon starts to feel like a microcosm of ultra-right commentators who need their own clean version of what’s true and what’s not.

The interesting thing is that it does the opposite of what it claims to offer on the app store – An online space for many people to ‘share their differing viewpoints’, including ‘hardcore liberals’ and ‘hardcore conservatives’.

But then why would a ‘die-hard liberal’ start an account on Truth Social?

Unlike Twitter, Hive Social has a chronological feed instead of an algorithm-driven feed

Unlike Twitter, Hive Social has a chronological feed instead of an algorithm-driven feed

I don’t think there is anything here for me. Not all of the people or companies I’m interested in following have an account.

So it’s time to make another attempt.

hiv social

Hive Social is only available as an iOS and Android app and not for desktop, so I’ll have to pick up my smartphone for that.

It claims to have been created in 2019 by two college students ‘with a fresh approach to social media’, one of whom goes by the name ‘Raluka’.

Unlike Twitter, Hive Social has a chronological feed rather than an algorithm-driven feed, which means there’s no personalized content shoved in your face by AI.

Hive Social says: ‘Raluka was tired of the restrictions on social platforms in which her posts were not seen by many friends and felt the pressure of complex algorithms.’

It recently revealed that it has hit one million signups since…

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