Tribel1 is an alternative to Twitter and, to see what it was like, I joined up.
The setting up of an account is clunky. I just wanted to use my real name but a warning came up that this would be made public, which I didn’t want, so I entered ‘Blotreport’ into the ‘first name’ field, and it asked me for a ‘valid last name’. When I tried to do that, the warning kept popping up over the top of the field into which I was supposed to insert the name so that I could not enter anything in the field. So, I had to back out of the whole process and start again. This time it worked; so I then had a Tribel account.
It asked me what groups I wanted to ‘belong’ to, so I naturally chose ‘activism’ and ‘politics’ rather than anything like ‘animals’, ‘comic book artwork’, or ‘Stephen King fandom’. So, I launched my first post2, and it asked me who my target audience was, so I chose ‘activism’ from what looked like a dropdown menu, but actually wasn’t (you normally have to use the search function). It was a simple post about the decline of religion around the world with an attachment of my most recent article on the topic3.
As you will see in this first post, I made a mistake in stringing the first two words together, as ‘Religionis’. However, trying to correct it using the edit function seemed to get the system locked into an interminable loop when I hit ‘save’. I waited for minutes for it to save, but gave up in the end and backed out. However, it did save anyway. Editing a post is something you cannot do in Twitter, but can in Facebook.
My second post4 was sent to ‘activism’ and ‘politics’ but I also made it public, by ticking a little box in the bottom left hand of the post dialogue box.
This post was about me being a Twitter ‘refugee’, and I attached an article which explains how Musk will bugger up Twitter, mostly because he acquired it for political rather than business reasons5. It is an interesting read.
Both posts engendered likes and comments which were quite quick, but were not as immediate or as numerous as you get on Twitter, unsurprisingly, as the number of users in Twitter is in the millions while that of Tribel is in the many thousands. However, the latter is apparently increasing rapidly.
While I have now made posts on Tribel, I only have a vague idea how it operates; much as I did when I started on Twitter. I presume I will eventually have a crack at the ‘how to’ site on Tribel when I get the time. However, I wanted to start in the dark, so to speak, to see how intuitive it was. It was a bit of a struggle for someone of such limited experience as me, but I got there eventually. I’ll do this for a couple of the other alternatives to Twitter, to see which I think is the best, and will likely stick with the one that suits me the best, if indeed, I do leave Twitter permanently.
P.S. I thought that I might start a group ‘Australian Politics’ on Tribel, and checked out the groups list and surprise, surprise, such a group already existed. So, I joined it; it now has 10 members!6