Twitter Alternative Pebble Is Shutting Down
So, I just received an email stating that Twitter alternative Pebble will be shutting down next month!
We have some sad news to share with you today: as of November 1, 2023, Pebble will be shutting down.
We are immensely proud of what our team and our community have accomplished together, and we feel validated that our vision for Pebble proved true: that purposeful growth, supported by a deep commitment to safety, can foster a beautiful online community full of vibrant human connection.
The painful truth, however, is that we were not growing quickly enough for investors to believe that we will break out. Combine that with a crowded space of alternatives – and the uphill climb is even steeper. In order to continue to build out a complete Pebble, we would have needed more investment, and more time.
Over Pebble's final days, we are turning our attention to serving those who've supported us: friends, family, investors, and you — our community. We are looking for ways to keep you connected with each other, but perhaps in a different form. Stay tuned for more on this.
I am unsure what the Pebble team's next move is, but I think their end might signal the exit of other Twitter alternatives.
Unless a micro-blogging platform adopts ActivityPub, I do not see a viable future for most stand-alone Twitter alternatives, especially regarding revenue via advertising or subscriptions.