Twitter “communities” hope to compete with Reddit as an alternative
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(Pocket-lint) – Twitter introduced what it calls Communities , a new Reddit-like section which, to date, is both invitation-only and begins with just four pages, but there are plans to expand the service until later after that first try.
Communities are a lot like Reddit, where only users from a specific community can submit content, like, and comment (or in this case, sub-tweet or reply) on other users’ posts, all without interfering with your regular Twitter page and everyone’s timeline.
At the moment, Twitter is just getting started with four communities as follows:
They should all be pretty self-explanatory, with the exception of #SoleFood, which is a place for sneaker enthusiasts to chat in case you didn’t get the pun.
imagine an alternate timeline where everyone understands you
say hello to communities, the place to connect with people who tweet like you. to test now on iOS and web, soon Android! pic.twitter.com/TJdKwUa4D2
– Twitter communities (@JoinCommunities) September 8, 2021
Currently, Twitter manually approves community moderators, but once the company looks to switch to a generalized version, it will likely work the same as Reddit’s system where current moderators can nominate new ones.
For now, however, absolutely anyone can submit a simple request to create a new community as long as you already have a Twitter account. If you submit a request, Twitter says they will consider your suggestion and “take further action where appropriate.”
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Now, with Communities being an invite-only service at the moment, it’s clear the business is looking to grow into a new style of operation where a lot of engagement time occurs in hyper-specific, private, and mostly exclusive areas of the internet. It worked pretty well for OnlyFans and Reddit, so why not Twitter?
Written by Alex Allegro. Originally published on .