Twitter is the world’s most popular micro-blogging site. However, it is certainly not the only option in cyberspace. Yes, many other micro-blogging sites have come and gone, but there are still some viable alternatives to Twitter. If you want to reach the most people, then Twitter is the obvious choice, but if you want to have the best possible user experience and connect with people who are serious about a certain niche, then one of these Twitter alternatives may be worth a look.
Tumbler is not a pure, text-only micro-blogging site, but it is certainly a good alternative to social media’s big boys. Many people use this site to share snippets of information or snapshots, just as they would on Twitter. Tumblr has a lot of niche activity, so it is easy to find and follow people who are interested in the same subjects as you. This is a great tool for those who want to post pictures directly to their social media site rather than having to use a third party site to host their image and then post a link to the site on their Twitter account. If you like to post images or you want a site that has vibrant communities organized around specific niches, then Tumblr is a good choice for you.
Vibe is a social networking site that has one huge advantage: people can use it without signing in or creating an account. This anonymity has made Vibe a top choice for social activists and protesters. Of course, you don’t have to be a part of some sort of social justice movement to take advantage of Vibe. The promotional copy for this site says that it is a location-based social media platform that is akin to a bulletin board. People can leave “fliers” that are based in a certain location and others in that location can then comment on the postings. Rather than following all the posts or tweets, you can simply focus on the ones that have to do with the specific area that you are in.
This site is ideal for people who want to blog from mobile devices. It is a cross between Twitter and Tumblr. In fact, Twitter has recently acquired Posterous and made it even more mobile-friendly. Posterous can be seen as a blogging platform that has a mirco-blog site’s feel and convenience. Like Tumblr, it is a great choice for people who want to share pictures without having to go through the process of uploading them to a third party site and shortening URLs. Obviously, since the site is now owned by Twitter, it is not a good choice for people who are trying to distance themselves from the company, but, at the same time, it is hard to deny the usefulness of Posterous, especially if you are looking for a site that is more photo-friendly than Twitter.
Social media’s up-and-comer has a micro-blogging-like stream that occupies part of everyone’s Google+ home page. Friends and contacts can publish information that is then streamed directly to their followers’ Google+ homepage. The “stream” on Google + looks very much like a Twitter feed, except that images and other media can be added directly to the posts. Google+ does not yet have the following that Twitter does, but since it is backed by Google, the web’s biggest name, it certainly seems to have a bright future. The main advantage of this site is that people can utilize other Google tools to enhance their + experience. This includes tagging items searched for on Google’s search engine and adding Google + contacts from your Gmail address book.