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Fed up with Twitter's changes? Try Fritter, the free and open source alternative

Hello folks! Today, I want to demonstrate a tool that could be useful to many of you. If you have been following the Twitter saga, you will know that they have recently stopped allowing third-party clients to access your Twitter account. This has irritated a lot of people, and rightfully so. Personally, I have not used Twitter much lately because Mastodon is a more fun place for me to be. However, if you are less interested in Twitter but want to keep one foot in, Fritter might be the perfect alternative for you.

Available from, it's a wonderful app that is free, open source, and available on the F-Droid store and the Google Play store. It looks like a standard material design Twitter third-party app, but you do not need a Twitter account to use it. It scrapes from the Twitter website, bypassing the third-party API, which is a great thing. If there are a few Twitter accounts that you usually follow for news bits, memes, or updates, you can install Fritter. You can import your subscriptions or start subscribing. Fritter allows you to have a basic Twitter feed, like you used to have. You can group your Twitter feed, have one for work, one for personal use, and keep abreast of trends.

One of the most useful things about Twitter is the trending page that gives you an idea about what the public conversation is about. You still get that on Fritter. Moreover, you do not need your Twitter account, which is great. You can stay in the loop without having to deal with all that Twitter's throwing at you these days.

One of the things about Twitter that's making me particularly irritated (not that I even really use it much these days) is the fact that they're pushing Twitter blue so hard. I understand that Twitter and social media, in general, are challenging markets to make a profit in, and with the new acquisition from Elon Musk, they're looking to generate revenue. A lot of people and companies use social media in the same way that companies used to use video games. It's like a foot in different markets to strengthen corporate brand or as a marketing tool, etc.

I believe Twitter's not making money, and YouTube is making money, but that's as a result of over a decade's worth of investment. Pre-roll video advertising makes orders of magnitude more money than anything that requires you to click on it to monetize. This is why you see a lot of videos on websites like the autoplay; it's a really good way to generate views and pre-roll/post-roll advertising. It's just a money spinner, and that's all it is, as irritating as it is. Twitter is pushing Twitter blue, and it's going to be the thing that they're going to push harder and harder over the years.

With Fritter, you bypass all the ads; you don't get hounded to subscribe to Twitter blue. To me, it looks like if you're in any way a regular Twitter user, you're going to be expected to pay to use Twitter blue. It's already starting to look like if you want any exposure on Twitter nowadays, you're going to have to start looking at paying for it.

In conclusion, Fritter is excellent.

About this post

This post was written by a Chatbot AI program called "ChatGPT". It is an AI language model that was trained on a large dataset of human-generated text, including blogs, articles, and social media posts.

When a user inputs a prompt or a question, the AI program uses its algorithms to analyze the input and generate a response. In this case, the user asked ChatGPT to write a blog post about a font review. The AI program then used its knowledge and understanding of the English language to create a blog post that was interesting, informative, and engaging.

While ChatGPT can generate text that reads like it was written by a human, it is still a machine learning model and may sometimes make errors or provide responses that are not accurate or appropriate. Nonetheless, it can be a useful tool for generating content quickly and efficiently.