Back in April of 2018, I wrote an article talking about the censorship that YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter were employing on Christian content creators, ministries, and organizations, and I said that Christians needed to invest in Alt-Tech platforms such as BitChute, Dtube, GAB, Minds, Lord’sBook, etc.
I went into detail on a number of different alternatives, and I know that everyone likes the idea of there being alternatives to Silicon Valley social media sites, but I’m sure that many people are probably wondering if any of these alt-tech social media platforms are actually viable alternatives to platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
If I invest in alt-tech platforms, will I be able to reach as many people as I would on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter?
My answer to that question is absolutely yes. While some alternatives to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have come and gone (VidMe, PewTube, and WrongThink come to mind), there are three alt-tech social media platforms in particular that have risen up to become viable alternatives to Silicon Valley’s highly-censored platforms: I’m specifically talking about BitChute, Gab, and Minds.
BitChute is a peer-to-peer, decentralized video sharing platform that first went online on January 3, 2017, and after its first two years of existing, the number of users on BitChute rivals the number of users that YouTube had back when YouTube was two years old. You can find many channels on BitChute that have 10,000 or more subscribers, most of which are the channels belonging to various members of the alternative media such as Mark Dice, Steven Crowder, Computing Forever, Info Wars, Styxhexenhammer666, and so on.
I decided to start a BitChute channel for my Truth: The Objective Reality ministry on December 5, 2017, and around the time I put out my article about Christians needing to invest in Alt-Tech, my BitChute channel had around 20 subscribers. In late July of 2018, I made the decision to leave YouTube and make BitChute my primary platform. It was a difficult decision to make because I had invested in my YouTube channel for over three years, and I had 520 subscribers to my YouTube channel, but I had enough of YouTube’s censoring ways, and I decided to place my faith in BitChute, a faith that was rewarded.
I watched my BitChute channel grow from 27 subscribers in late July of 2018, to having 137 subscribers at the time of this writing. Even more impressive is that my 175 uploads have garnered 35,402 total views, giving me an average of 202.3 views per video after being on BitChute for 15 months. By comparison, my old YouTube channel currently averages 280.8 views per video despite the fact that my YouTube channel has been around for almost four years, and despite having roughly five times as many subscribers as my BitChute channel currently does. Since my BitChute traffic is already comparable to my YouTube traffic, what this shows me is that BitChute does not algorithmically censor Christian content creators like myself like YouTube does.
I look forward to being a BitChuter for years to come.
I tried to start a Twitter account for TTOR in May of 2017, and after using the platform for only two months and gaining a meager seven followers, Twitter decided to shadow-ban me, probably because I posted a video exposing the double standards that liberal authoritarians were holding Donald Trump to. It took me four months of nobody engaging with my content to figure out that I had been shadow-banned, and so I was looking for alternatives to Twitter.
It was at the beginning of December in 2017 that I came across Gab, a Twitter alternative that champions freedom of speech and expression, and a platform that does not shadow-ban you or outright ban you for having wrongthink of any kind. What really makes Gab a zillion times better than Twitter is their recent release of a sister product called Dissenter, which is a site and browser extension that allows its users to make comment threads on any link on the internet, regardless of whether that site allows comments or not.
I’ve been using Gab for 15 months, and I currently have 432 followers there. Gab has been a great platform for not only sharing my content, but also for getting my daily news. I also have been using Dissenter since it came out, and it’s the most revolutionary browser extension ever.
Gab is the future, and Twitter is obsolete.
Up until April 19, 2018, I had been using Facebook for years to interact with people online, and at one point I used to use Facebook to get my news as well as share my TTOR content. I had a TTOR page on Facebook, and it had around 360 followers when I left Facebook. At times I experimented with budgeting money every month to spend on Facebook advertising in order to try and put my page and content in front of as many eyeballs as I could afford.
In November of 2017, I joined a platform called Minds, which is an alternative to Facebook that champions freedom of speech, and has multiple token systems that allow you to boost your posts without having to spend a penny of your own money. You can earn tokens for your off-line wallet by interacting with other people’s content, and other people interacting with your content by liking and commenting on your posts, and subscribing to your channel. You can also purchase tokens with the cryptocurrency Ethereum. As far as site functionality goes, you can pretty much do anything you can on Facebook: post status updates,share links, upload pictures and videos, write blog posts, and participate in groups.
After being on Minds for 16 months, I currently have 585 subscribers to my Minds channel. Most posts get dozens of views within a few weeks, and every now and then, I will throw a couple tokens at a post, and that post will get a couple thousand views, which helps me gain subscribers in turn. I use Minds to share my content, but since Minds has a good video player and video page on their site, I recently decided to start uploading my videos to Minds as well as BitChute, just in case the censorship brigade finds a way to get BitChute taken down.
I am not sharing my BitChute, Gab, and Minds statistics to toot my own horn; I am currently a small content creator that makes videos on my camcorder/webcam in a corner of my bedroom, and I am not the smartest, funniest, wittiest, or most attractive personality. The point in sharing these statistics is that someone like me was able to invest in alt-tech and, over the course of 15 months, increase my traffic to the point where my alt-tech presence is comparable to or greater than my YouTube,Facebook, and Twitter presences were back when I used to be on those platforms.
If you’re reading this, and making content is something that you want to do, I would encourage you to get on BitChute, Gab, and Minds at the bare minimum, and start making content. You are probably smarter than me in a lot of ways, you probably are funnier and more entertaining than I am, and you probably can get a much bigger following than me if you invest in alt-tech platforms. Investing is the key: If you use these platforms every day, and you put out content on a regular basis, you will grow there, and over time, you will get the traffic and reach the goals that you set for yourself. You just have to make the commitment, and put in the work.
If I can do it, you certainly can too.
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