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Assessing the alternatives to Twitter: Consumer Tech

Houston Chronicle consumer technology columnist Dwight SIlverman walks us through Threads and other competitors to Twitter.


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Threads is a newly released social media service by Meta, which also operates Facebook and Instagram


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In Sunday's paper, Houston Chronicle consumer tech columnist Dwight Silverman wrote about the proliferation of text-driven social media platforms designed to compete with Twitter.

While Donald Trump's Truth social was already out there, and upstarts Mastodon and Bluesky have been slowly growing, Threads – from the Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta – blew past them all with more than 100 million users joining in its first days – it's up to an estimated 114 million users now.

Each month, we talk with Silverman about developments in consumer technology. Today, we ask him about Threads and the other Twitter alternatives.

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Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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