I hate Twitter. I don’t hate the people I follow, but I do get tired of the attacks and unhinged arguments against conservatism and Christianity I’m bombarded with regularly. It’s to the point I don’t often read many of the replies to my posts. Yes, it’s that bad.
Emerging competitor Parler, which promotes an environment of free speech and real community, has become a hot topic among conservatives who have grown sick of Twitter such as me. But there’s potentially a problem. Twitter is one of our biggest traffic sources. One good post by a Twitter “celebrity” can drive nice traffic to this site. Is Parler going to be able to match?
I like the engagement on Parler. It’s mostly positive, and any negativity is generally directed towards progressives, so I feel right at home. I want the site to succeed and will be speaking to someone from there later today. But is it just a friendly home for memes and insults or can news organizations receive benefits for building a community on Parler?
That really is the question. If it does point patriots to conservative news sites, I think it has a chance of really making an impact on the 2020 elections. If it’s just an echo chamber (pun intended for Parler users) for conservatives, then there’s a chance it won’t be much of a traffic driver.
For me, I’m on regardless. I enjoy it too much to abandon ship if it’s not helpful to my site. But I fear others may not take it seriously if they don’t get anywhere near the traffic they receive from Twitter.
Many in conservative media rely on Twitter to send traffic to their sites. Will Parler be able to replace that traffic if news sites like ours put more of our focus on this platform?
We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.
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