Is the “Alt” Right? (Twitter edition)
@NOAA vs. @altNOAA

“Alternate” vs. Official Social Media Accounts

@NOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Twitter has long had @NOAA. Now it also has @altNOAA and similar pairings.

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But we began to wonder — regardless of why they were deemed necessary1 — how do the “Alt” social media accounts really compare to the official government agency ones? Here we’ll make it easy to form your own conclusion, with the most recent posts from two accounts for comparison:

@NOAA vs. @altNOAA

1. In early 2017, scientists, technicians, and other employees of U.S.A. federal agencies began expressing fear of suppression or complete loss of research, data, and their freedom to communicate about it transparently. A number of people created independent social media accounts to serve as the uncensored, alternative counterparts of official accounts under control of federal agencies.