Switter magically appeared into our online realm not too long ago, yet it's constantly getting high volume and new users every single day. The server has crashed a few times due to overcapacity! It's a social networking site tailored for adult entertainers and their admirers. The website seems to be growing more in popularity as well. Users very much enjoy the liberal atmosphere within the network when it comes to adult oriented content.
Assembly Four is an Australian based company that's dedicated to empowering sex workers globally with their products and services. They're known for their latest creation, Switter. The company has only been in business since early 2017. Here's their statement with the reasoning behind Switter:
Switter is hosted on a decentralized, open network called Mastodon.
Mastodon is basically a huge free social network source that hosts dozens of instances. An instance is a server such as Switter. Switter is its own entity within the whole Mastodon network.
There's no advertising, no central authority and no data mining (emphasized because of the Facebook's data drama) on Mastodon.
Mastodon is a competitor of Twitter, FYI.
Let me break down the terminology of some of the features from Switter for you.
- Toot - similar to 'Tweet' in Twitter
- Boost - similar to 'Retweet' in Twitter
- Favorite - similar to 'Like' in Twitter
- Local Timeline - Everyone on the Switter network
- Federated Timeline - Others within the whole Mastodon network
That wasn't too confusing, right?
After the demise of Backpage, Switter created listings so that users can post a listing within their area about their availability, service, contact info, etc.
It's been seen with success so far!
Access listings here: listings.switter.at
Switter's Code of Conduct
Switter just released a newly written Code of Conduct pertaining to the listings since there's been raunchy ads on there and such. Snapshot from Switter's Twitter:
Switter's past host was CloudFlare; however, the popular content delivery network dropped Switter from its servers in mid-April. This sparked controversy since CloudFlare is notorious for hosting a hate website called Stormfront.
CloudFlare makes it impossible for your website to go offline, and that's why Stormfront still stands. Yet, they were so quick to pull the plug on Switter.
Switter, Twitter, etc.
They both have their pros & cons, but with Twitter getting more vigorous with shadowbanning & deleting accounts, it's no wonder Switter is becoming a non-stop house party bursting with energy.
Which do you choose?
You know, I really admire that the company behind this is not even American. Yet, they cared enough to put all this time & effort into a project dedicated to American sex workers who were (still are) on the verge of being censored by the government. Aside from being censored from the government, even before FOSTA/SESTA fiasco, those working in adult entertainment are always at high risk of getting their accounts shut down from social media platforms based on one thing only: their profession.
If anything, it's refreshing to have a social media network welcome us with open arms.