Spill launches beta on iOS: The Twitter competitor you are looking for

Emre Çitak
Jun 16, 2023

Spill, a new social media platform created by former Twitter employees, has made its debut as an invite-only beta version on the App Store, which you may sign up for by using the link here.

With its visually focused interface and multimedia microblogging capabilities, Spill aims to offer a refreshing alternative to Twitter. Let's delve into the details of this promising app but before we do, you might want to take a look at the tweet by Spill's Twitter account below.

Journey of Spill CEO Alphonzo "Phonz" Terrell

Spill CEO Alphonzo "Phonz" Terrell has had an eventful year. Previously serving as the global head of social and editorial at Twitter, he witnessed the company's acquisition by Elon Musk.

Subsequently, Terrell started a new entrepreneurial venture and successfully raised $2.75 million in pre-seed funding.

A look into Spill's interface

Spill greets users with a feed reminiscent of Tumblr, where recent posts from followed individuals, referred to as "sippers", are displayed alongside algorithmically curated content.

The app's user-friendly interface includes a top menu featuring trending posts and hashtags such as #spillionaires, #zaddiesofspill, and #baddiesofspill, which have already gained traction among early adopters.

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app was created by a team of former Twitter employees - Screenshot: Spill

At the bottom menu, users can easily share various forms of content, including text, GIFs, videos, photos, links, and polls.

Diversity is the goal

What sets Spill apart from other Twitter alternatives is its deliberate focus on building inclusive communities from the outset, rather than treating diversity as an afterthought. Terrell believes that catering to underserved culture drivers will result in a superior platform for all users.

During the alpha phase, Spill actively sought out Black and queer creators, recognizing their pivotal role in shaping internet trends and memes. The organic approach stems from the fact that the Spill team itself comprises members from these communities.

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The user interface of Spill bears some resemblance to Tumblr - Screenshot: Spill

Kenya Parham, Spill's global VP of community and partnerships, who joined in March, highlights the significance of placing these culture drivers at the forefront. She notes that historically marginalized groups, including Black and Brown individuals, marginalized communities, and queer individuals, have had to fight for their space on other platforms.

Spill aims to create a vibrant ecosystem by ensuring their voices are prioritized. Leveraging the team's industry connections, Spill intends to utilize media sponsorships strategically. An example of this is the partnership with "The Blackening", an upcoming horror film featuring an all-Black cast.

You get rewarded by using the app

While content moderation remains a challenge for any social platform, Spill plans to address it proactively. The app introduces a "rep score" system, rewarding users who consistently exhibit positive, non-toxic behavior with access to new features and benefits. Terrell explains that although similar scoring systems exist internally in most social apps, Spill is making it visible to users.

However, other users won't be able to see an individual's rep score, ensuring privacy while fostering a healthy online environment.

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One of Spill's differentiating factors is its deliberate focus on building inclusive communities from the beginning - Screenshot: Spill

The future of Spill is bright

Spill is currently in its beta stage, but it has ambitious plans for the future. The platform aims to develop a customized large language model for content moderation, specifically designed to understand Black dialects like AAVE.

Additionally, Spill intends to incorporate blockchain-based creator features to reward users who generate viral trends.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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