As of yesterday, I’m now on Gab at http://gab.ai/littlezotz – Follow me if you get on!
I had been using Gab for a few months as someone I ghostwrite for and I absolutely loved it. I believe in Gab as a social network and made some donations to the cause. Then, yesterday, I was invited to join as a verified user (check out my blue checkmark! I feel like a big shot!). And I already have several followers.
I believe that Gab is going to be the network for freelance writers. They already have a large community of writers — and people interested in good writing — and it’s growing every day.
A lot of us have noticed that our current social media outlets have grown stale (Facebook) or just plain awful (Twitter). It’s time to start looking at alternatives, and I believe Gab is the answer.
Gab is the new Twitter. But, even though it’s new, it’s already so much better. Here’s why:
1. You Can Speak Freely
Unlike with Twitter, you don’t have to worry about Gab censoring you if you have “unpopular” opinions. Gab truly believes in free speech and you’re allowed to say anything and not have to worry about it getting shadowbanned or deleted by the higher-ups.
Gab treats its users like adults! We’re allowed to share our thoughts and face the consequences, whatever they may be. People might not always like what you have to say, but you will be heard.
2. You Can Self Censor
I haven’t used this feature on Gab because I’m not a special snowflake who gets my feelings hurt easily, but I thought it was a neat feature. Although Gab lets everyone say what they want, they also give users the ability to filter the content they see. You can choose to mute certain users (without them knowing they’ve been muted) and any words you find “triggering.”
Rather than having a corporation control what you can and can’t see, you are put in control of the content you view.
3. Higher Character Count
Instead of limiting its users to 140 characters, Gab lets users share 300 characters.
Here’s a post I made recently on Twitter:
And here’s that same post on Gab:
You still have to be concise (which is always a good thing when it comes to writing), but you no longer have to write multiple posts to get your thoughts across. Due to the higher character count, users are able to write much more articulate posts than what you find on Twitter. Rather than just random blurbs, you get fully-formed thoughts!
4. Better Trending Topics
Thanks to Twitter’s heavy censorship, their “trending” topics aren’t always very accurate to what their user base is actually concerned about. Gab, on the other hand, has up-to-the-minute trending topics on exactly what their users are talking about most.
5. It’s Just Plain More Fun
The #GabFam is a fun bunch! Thus far, there’s been a lot less whining and a lot more productivity on Gab than on Twitter. And that’s a truly refreshing change of pace!
Since users aren’t being censored, you get to read a lot more real opinions and get a better grasp of what’s going on in the world around you. It doesn’t matter if you don’t always like what someone else has to say — it’s important that you hear them out! It’s unhealthy to live in a vacuum.
But Gab users aren’t just an opinionated bunch — they’re also very funny. Having the freedom to speak, also gives you the freedom to joke around.
There are still a lot of improvements to be made on Gab. A mobile app is in the works; however, it’s already leaps and strides ahead of its competitors.
You can get on the Gab waiting list at http://gab.ai
Make the switch. You won’t regret it!
Illustrations by Ramiro Roman.
Lauren Spear (née Tharp) is the owner and creator of the multiple award-winning LittleZotz Writing. She’s written hundreds of bylined posts helping freelance writers to become BETTER freelance writers. Thousands if you count all the articles she’s ghostwritten (but she’s not allowed to talk about most of those).