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More than a million people deactivated their Twitter accounts in the days after Elon Musk took over as CEO.

Musk has fired many Twitter staffers and announced that it will now cost $8/month for users who want the blue check mark that verifies that person is who they say they are. Additionally, Yahoo reports that tweets using the n-word jumped 500% immediately after Musk took over the giant social media platform.

Where will these Twitter users go? Before you think it’s going to be “Facebook,” you should know of a few other microblogging platforms that are already seeing a jump in new accounts and users.

The Mastodon platform benefited the most from the Twitter drama. Over a million people have created Mastodon accounts and about half of them were created in the last week. On Mastodon, tweets are called “toots” and retweets are called “boosts”.

New users complain that it’s hard to understand how Mastodon works and it’s confusing when you first start creating an account. Users must first choose a server where their account is hosted. Each server has its own terms, privacy options, and content policies. Some servers are set up for gamers, tech enthusiasts, metal music fans, and other servers for specific regions of the world.

Since you are starting from scratch, finding people to follow on Mastodon will take some time.

Tooting however is not difficult and there is a 500 character limit.

Tumblr is still going strong with over 500 million blogs on its site and millions of people using it to post photos, videos, and blog entries. It’s more like a blog than Twitter with long posts and videos. It’s very cool and I wonder why it never really caught the attention of social media creators like Twitter managed to. You might already have a Tumblr account that you stopped using. I was a bit surprised that mine was still there. My last post is from 2013.

There’s also Parler, which got a lot of new users when former President Donald Trump was banned from Twitter. These are mostly right-wing political messages at the moment. That might change if others start hanging out here.

If you are thinking of leaving the Twittersphere, know that if you deactivate your account, you will have 30 days to change your mind or reactivate it. If you don’t reactivate it within that time, your username will be available to anyone who wants to use it.