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Gab is calling itself “the free speech alternative to Twitter”. Which (inevitably) means “hotbed of disinfranchised righties”, barring a few obvious trolls. Registration isn’t open; if you click the link, you get yourself in a queue.

When I clicked about a month ago, I was told I was number ninety-six thousand something something in line. I finally got in over the weekend.

Annnnnd…now what? Anybody here? JoanOfArgghh! was the first name I recognized. I went and followed everybody in her list, but it’s still early beta (the service was started in August) and slow going.

Here are some articles on Gab in Breitbart, Digital Trends, BuzzFeed, Libertarian Republic and Heat Street.

If you’ve been avoiding Twitter because it’s a sinkhole of SJW nonsense, sign up for Gab. And then look me up, please.

If you’ve been avoiding Twitter because you think the whole idea is stupid…carry on!


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 2, 2016, 10:33 pm

I’m in there somewhere as “Uncle Al” of course. I have never done a social medium before and am totally ignorant of how things work. There’s no help page that I could find on the site (I’m using various browsers on a Win7 box) and I don’t see anything that looks like an official app for Android.

So, Mme. Ermine, can you or anybody else point me to Twitter for Dodos or something applicable to Gab? Thanks 1e6

EDIT: Oh, yeah, thanks for the graphics I stole from you and used for the thingamabobs on Gab.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 2, 2016, 10:38 pm

I can’t find you! I’m in as @stoaty by the way.

And I suck at Twitter. I never really got the bug. Perhaps someone else will weigh in.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 2, 2016, 10:40 pm

@UncleAl isn’t there? Dang.

OK. Standing by¹ for emergent expertise…

1. Sitting by, to be honest.

Comment from Janna
Time: November 2, 2016, 10:53 pm

Ok, I give up, how in hell do you “follow” somebody? Where’s the damn button?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 2, 2016, 11:08 pm

I did a search for @UncleAl and turned up nothing. I don’t see a @janna either.

Janna, you search for someone’s name (ex: @stoaty) in the search box in the upper right corner of the screen. Then click the name to see their profile, then click FOLLOW at the right on their profile.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 2, 2016, 11:11 pm

Down the left side of the screen are a bunch of hashtags, like:


Those are trending topics. Click one to see all the tweets (gabs?) that include that hashtag.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 2, 2016, 11:12 pm

It looks to me like searching for a username in the search box doesn’t do anything — it only picks it up if someone’s mentioned you. So if nobody’s said anything to @UncleAl, then it won’t appear.

Let me try addressing you directly.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 2, 2016, 11:13 pm

Yay! Gotcha!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 2, 2016, 11:15 pm

Nope, no janna. What’s your username, then?

Comment from Janna
Time: November 2, 2016, 11:31 pm

Okie. I haven’t posted anything there, probably just follow.

Comment from Janna
Time: November 2, 2016, 11:42 pm

That’s interesting, it put my real name down as a follower. Not sure I’m liking that much.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 3, 2016, 2:13 am

Yay! @stoatie and @okie – something is working!

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: November 3, 2016, 2:43 am

I’m “in the queue” – but it’s gonna be awhile; they’re in the low-six-figure range presently…

See ya in a couple months, maybe – meanwhile, pls. report on experience(s) thereon, yes?

BTW: I don’t Tweet/Chirp/Twit, etc., never have, never will – only breaking-in on the idea of Gab ’cause it seems like it MIGHT be a useful alternative communicator…we will see –

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: November 3, 2016, 2:48 am

I don’t get it. To join this GAB you have to sign up and wait a few months and then somebody’s external blog to find out who is in there?

I don’t think twiiter is much good, but seems way better than GAB.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 3, 2016, 3:48 am

It isn’t likely to take long. When I signed up my number was six digits. I got the green light about an hour and a half later. I’m looking forward to playing with it a bit tomorrow. Has anybody found an Android app yet?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 3, 2016, 8:41 am

These things are useless until they reach a certain size, tom. I’ll never forget my first look at the Web. I thought it was the biggest pile of hippie bullshit ever. There was nothing there!

The thing about Gab (and Twitter, for that matter, but it’s easier with Twitter because it’s big and mature) is that you have to follow enough people to make your timeline move. And you have to follow people whose words you’ll find interesting, for whatever reason. I’m not quite there yet.

I tend to be a passive observer of social media.

Comment from caseyreno
Time: November 3, 2016, 10:22 am

I’m a (mostly) passive observer of this blog.

Social media for me is putting notes in a bottle, but since I’m not near the ocean, I just throw them in the trash. Strangely, nobody has answered yet…

Comment from dissent555
Time: November 3, 2016, 1:07 pm

Go Cubs GO!

Yes. Yes I am in Illinois.

It’s not easy to admit, but today, I admit it.

Comment from Hutch
Time: November 3, 2016, 7:19 pm

#110715 in the waiting list.

Comment from The Mad Soprano
Time: November 6, 2016, 6:13 pm

What social media site *isn’t* a “sinkhole of SJW nonsense”? They get that way naturally. I can safely say that within a short amount of time this new site that wants to be a “Free Speech Alternative” will become the very thing it despises.

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