I have never been one to just run out and join the latest social media platform. I do most of my stuff on facebook, not because I like facebook, at all, but because that is where most of my people seem to want to interact with me.
Parler is marketed as a free speech version of twitter, and it seems to be, but that is also not why I decided to give it a shot. Here is why I am on Parler and why you may want to come parley with me and others there.
- I know I have been shadow banned for years on Twitter. Only my most dedicated people there seem to see my posts many seem to have directly visited my feed and interacted enough to over ride the shadow ban. It has been a few years but my growth on Twitter died, even with almost 15K followers most of my stuff is barely seen, I can see this in the stats. I actually really like the twitter format but they have been directly purging people and shadow banning for a long time. This will only get worse, I can’t see putting any more effort into the platform. So I will post stuff there but not put much effort into it. This is different from Facebook where though I am sure the TSP page is shadowbanned the group and my personal page are not.
- Unlike MeWe which I really have tried to get something going on Parler has a slew of big names and large news outlets on it. I have to say on some levels Parler can be a right wing echo chamber, but tell me Twitter is not a left wing echo chamber. At least on Parler people are not shut down, censored, etc. at least for now. The future we all know holds no guarantees. Anyway I found Parler when someone posted a screen shot of a Ron Paul post. I realized I had not seen a tweet from Paul forever so I figured I’d check it out. I think (I don’t know) there is enough horse power in names on Parler to make it a success.
- I like a lot about Parler, the interface is similar enough to twitter that you don’t need to learn it but it seems to have more features. The character count is a full 1,000 words which is enough for full thoughts yet keeps any post brief. Does pics fine. It short it works well technically. Frankly so does MeWe but again unlike MeWe it seems bigger names are adopting and driving things on Parler.
- So far with a whopping 71, like just 71 followers on Parler my posts are getting almost as much interaction as I get on twitter with about 15K followers. Yea really! Um f-u twitter!
So I will give it a shot and I am going to be posting some really cool stuff that I won’t post anywhere else to give it a real chance. It may flame out like MeWe but you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. As to the “right wing echo chamber” concept. First I think that is over blown. Yea all the right wing news sources are there, but what do you expect many have been shadow banned or out right banned. Frankly I am glad they are there, they bring uses and we need users to make any platform run.
The other side though is if you want anarcho, agorist, libertarian, etc. voices, show up and speak, be heard. At least it seems we will be able to be heard, have discussions, etc.
bUt wHaT iF pArLeR sTaRts aCtiNg LiKe fAcEbOOk?
Oh bugger off! What if your aunt had balls, she’d be your uncle. In truth the answer is it will hurt them, people will leave and may be some day someone will do it right.
Anyway if you want to interact with me join Parler and then look me up here.
P.S. – Yes I am aware of some claims Parler is already banning leftists. I think they are people that got banned on purpose, mostly deserving it, I will explain why on air today.