Seriously, we have work to do in 2018. Gab is now our most popular platform and it hasn’t even scratched the surface of its potential. Yes, it sucks that we have been deplatformed by Facebook and Twitter, but those brands have abandoned free speech in the process. Henceforth, the ADL will be thought policing and shoahing accounts which will create a constant stream of refugees.
Gab is still very useful to us for a number of reasons:
1.) First, it isn’t a ghost town. It is already more popular than our other sites.
2.) Second, it is a free speech website, so it can appeal to a broader audience on the Right that is becoming fed up with the censorship of Facebook, Twitter and Reddit.
3.) Third, we can use Gab to import and rebuild our social networks and recreate the sort of hive mind that was wiped out on Twitter. It is still very valuable for organizing and sharing links.
4.) Fourth, if we were to put the effort into it, Gab could become a very popular platform as Silicon Valley abandons free speech. It won’t have any of the tricks either like shadowbanning.
5.) Fifth, it is the best option for reconnecting when we are banned elsewhere, and mainstream social media platforms are becoming more boring by the day.
This is going to be the future so we may as well embrace it. We can continue to play whack-a-mole on Twitter, but nothing we create there will have any permanence. Unless you are trolling, you are just wasting your time. Half the time your own followers aren’t receiving your tweets anyway. The normies aren’t even seeing your tweets because of the shadowbanning.
Since getting on Gab, I have been struck by how many more likes and responses I have been getting even with 1/7th the followers. It is like Twitter was two years ago. I had long suspected that my account was placed in some kind of limited state for months before I was banned. My stats were telling me that I was getting millions of more impressions, but it didn’t match likes and retweets.
Anyway, these rigged social media platforms are a waste of our time. Even if I hadn’t been purged from Twitter, I would have been better off investing my time in OD and Gab. The only real question is how long they stretch out this shuttering on Facebook and Twitter and how far it goes. If it is stretched out for a long enough period of time, it will only delay our adapting to it.