You are currently viewing Alternatives to Reddit et al

Alternatives to Reddit et al

Big Tech is increasingly censorious, essentially an online oligarchical police state spreading to the offline world. With that in mind, you might want to avoid some of their services. Reddit is one such site, who is going so far as to ban people for liking the wrong comments, truly beyond STASI levels.

So what can you do? Well, the first option is to migrate activity to some friendlier places. Unfortunately, due to the way networks work, they are more useful the more other people use them (‘network effect‘). This makes it very difficult to make a new competitor, as it needs to reach a very fast growth rate to hit a sufficient number of users to stay useful compared to the traditional sites. So what are some Reddit alternatives? There is of course a subreddit for that question too. Some options, and their traffic indexes per Alexa.com, from August 2019 and now.

(After making the below, I found there was an updated version here…)

 

name url rank 2019 Aug rank 2020 Oct rank change (negative better) rank 2020 Oct features
parler parler.com (not listed) 4,990 1
the donald thedonald.win 40,900 5,855 -35,045 2
gab gab.com 14,100 8,210 -5,890 3 open source
minds minds.com 20,800 11,886 -8,914 4 open source
steemit steemit.com 14,600 21,421 6,821 5
open source, blockchain
papaly papaly.com 40,000 24,298 -15,702 6
voat voat.co 11,700 28,276 16,576 7 reddit-based
mastodon mastodon.social 26,700 43,495 16,795 8
open source, federated
mamby mamby.com 173,000 51,649 -121,351 9
saidit saidit.net 45,800 52,195 6,395 10
open source, reddit-based
sapien beta.sapien.network 224,000 84,273 -139,727 11
snapzu snapzu.com 70,500 89,644 19,144 12
pillowfort pillowfort.social 132,000 90,627 -41,373 13
notabug notabug.io 51,000 96,584 45,584 14
open source, federated, reddit-based
hyvor groups groups.hyvor.com 491,000 121,565 -369,435 15
lobsters lobste.rs 186,000 269,768 83,768 16 open source
raddle raddle.me 206,000 297,317 91,317 17
open source, reddit-based
hubski hubski.com 202,000 322,244 120,244 18
poal poal.co 156,000 380,817 224,817 19 reddit-based
yours yours.org 444,000 748,538 304,538 20
tildes tildes.net 465,000 2,093,349 1,628,349 21
open source, reddit-based
phuks phuks.co 490,000 2,830,297 2,340,297 22
open source, reddit-based
shufflehex shufflehex.com 94,900 5,689,347 5,594,447 23

Comments

So what to choose?

  • The most Reddit-like sites are Voat (‘vote’), Saidit (‘said it’ like ‘read it’), Notabug, and Raddle. The last is basically a Reddit clone, with same theme too. Saidit and Vote the best, but even their traffic ranks are dropping.