Fed Up with Facebook? Here are 6 Alternatives

So, you’ve finally had enough of Facebook – privacy issues, time drains, relationship-straining political debates, and all the rest. Still, social media is a valuable tool, so what are your other options?

There are always Twitter and Google+, but if either of those appealed to you, you’d already be there. There are a few other options, though: social media sites that haven’t gotten much traction yet but that offer better privacy and more control and just might help you to partially fill that Facebook-shaped void in your life.

1. Sociall.io

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Sociall is a blockchain-based social network that values your privacy by scrambling data and not selling it off to dubious third-party groups.

All data in Sociall is decentralised, so it’s much less likely that the information you enter into it will be tracked by web crawlers. Sociall is monetised by its own cryptocurrency called SCL, which you can use to buy various bonus features. It’s based on the well-known Ethereum blockchain, so you can be sure that nothing dodgy is going on.

Other than that, Sociall functions very much like Facebook, offering user-to-user messaging (with extras like sending voice recordings), public wall posts, and options to organise social events and gatherings.

2. Ello

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If you work in any kind of creative field – illustration, graphic design, film, you-name-it – or just want to hang out and share content in a space designed around tasteful images and art, then you should try out Ello. It wasn’t always like this, with the social network that used to called itself a “Facebook Killer” reeling in its ambitions to something more focused and tenable.

It was a great call, as it turns out, as Ello has grown from a somewhat sparse social network into a buzzing online creative hub, image-led and filled with artists sharing their work free of selfies, political mudslinging, and family photos. Think of it as a high-brow twist on Instagram.

3. Minds

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Minds does a little bit of everything, and its open-source, privacy-oriented, community-owned platform has actually attracted quite a few users. It has most of the standard Facebook features – profiles, timelines, media sharing, messaging, etc. But it also has hints of Reddit and Medium.com, with its content curation features and emphasis on original blogging content (which can be monetized using the site’s cryptocurrency tools).

Its open-source code, encrypted messages, and zero-censorship policy make it a great place for anyone with slightly above-average tech skills, though these features also make it attractive to extremist groups (alt-right, techno-anarchist, etc.) who have found themselves exiled from Facebook or Twitter.

4. MeWe

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MeWe hasn’t gotten quite the coverage it deserves, especially given that Tim Berners-Lee, one of the primary architects of the World Wide Web, sits on its board of advisors. Its interface is simple and intuitive, it covers all the Facebook basics, and it is dedicated to maintaining user privacy. It has advertising, but it is not targeted. They compensate for lower ad revenue by selling add-on services, like voice messaging and message encryption. It’s quite user-friendly, and you may be able to connect your Facebook and Twitter to it, though if this feature currently exists, it’s somewhat well-hidden.

5. Vero

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In March 2018 Vero jumped from 150,000 users to over 3,000,000 in the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data breach. The mobile-only platform is well-designed and has some great photo management tools, which may have led to the overall alternative/artistic vibe given off by the current user base. Their privacy policy is not as strong as some others, but they do give users plenty of control and eventually plan to charge a subscription fee in order to avoid advertising, though early adopters will get a free lifetime membership. The mobile-only platform and eventual need to pay for the service may turn some off, but Vero certainly shows some potential.

6. Diaspora

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This is one of the oldest Facebook alternatives out there and also one of the most unique in terms of its setup. Rather than being owned by a single company, the open-source Diaspora software can be run by anyone who wants to set up a server. Users can choose which “pod” they want their account information to be stored on and set up an account there. Once their data is on that server, they can interact with any other user on the network, regardless of host location.

Diaspora has a pleasantly intuitive interface and supports cross-posting to other social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, their decentralization means that app development has been slow, which is a downside for mobile users.

Honorable Mentions

  • Steemit: a decentralized blogging/media platform, a little more like Reddit/Medium than Facebook
  • Mastodon: open-source, zero-censorship Twitter, with a distinct subculture/techie feel
  • Gab.ai: Zero-censorship Twitter, but with an unfortunate reputation for being the home of extremists (particularly alt-right) who were banned from Twitter.

Conclusion

Realistically, Facebook has the advantage of scale – everyone is on it, and it’s not going to be easy to get enough people to switch over to a new network to make it a viable alternative. Networks that focus on niche communities may have better luck, but for average users, the best option is probably to pick a network that appeals to you, join up, explore, and cross-post with your regular social media. Like it or not, Facebook and Twitter are dominant, and any serious competitor is going to have to integrate with them to at least some degree to make switching a softer move for the users.

29 comments

  1. “relationship-straining political debates”
    That can happen on any social network, unless political debates are specifically forbidden.

    “It’s based on the well-known Ethereum blockchain, so you can be sure that nothing dodgy is going on.”
    Unless, of course, the entire cryptocurrency concept and setup is dodgy.

    I wonder how long it will be before Facebook makes the operators of these substitute social networks offers they cannot refuse as has happened with WhtsApp and Instagram.

    1. Took the words right from my mouth, minus the crypto currency part.

  2. Hello,

    I can’t help but notice that this list is missing one of the best social platforms out there. Although, Gtribe (https://www.gamingtribe.com/) was specifically created for PC gamers, it is a safe place for everyone. Privacy is of the utmost importance. No ads, no sharing of data to other sites, etc. Site also restricts talk of religion and politics which is nice. A nice change of pace since I moved out of Facebook.

  3. Why not invent a social media platform where everyone get’s a network graph-derived social rating by collective voting on an individual level?

    1. “By collective voting”? Sounds like you want something like China’s “sesame credit”. Sorry, but it’ll be a cold day in hell before I ever join something like that. Silly communist.

  4. Thanks for the mention of Gab.com (they’re changing from .ai to .com) & check out their Dissenter browser & commenter.

  5. I want to delete my facebook account and not return.

    1. I did exactly that last year, and I am happy I did.

    2. I remember when (anti) social media made its presence known… was called Bebo & MySpace.

      I saw ALL the problems inherent in it then and never, ever joined any anti-social media sites. When I hear the horror stories of my friends, acquaintances and ex-work colleagues (I’m now retired) I pat myself on the back for my insight all those many years ago.

  6. There is another one that is centered around privacy and family friendliness, faithflock.org. There is also a place where members can share videos and photos publicly if they wanted to, and also there’s a main group where everyone can socialize together is they so choose.

    1. I’ll try this, thanks for mentioning it.

    2. I got this site can’t be reached.

  7. I’d like to suggest another website that is relatively new: Moptu.com

    You can publish whatever articles you want on it, make comments, follow people, etc. and there is no censorship at all. It’s a little complicated to use at first, and they are still working out some bugs, but it is well worth the time and effort.

    I started using MeWe about 2 years ago, and have added Moptu to the mix. Now that the truth has come out about how Facebook, Google, Amazon, Pinterest, and other giant tech companies have been using a software that filters out conservative voices, it is well past time to abandon them and look for platforms that support free speech — whatever that might be.

  8. Thanks for this article. For many reasons, I am so done with Facebook.

  9. Thank you for this article. I switched from Facebook to Spreely, but it has unexpectedly dropped from the net. So, rather than be forced back to Facebook and its arbitrary and capricious censorship policies, I’ll go with one of your suggestions.

  10. MeWe does not let you delete your account. If you try to, they endlessly give you the run-around. They’ll even message you, saying they’re looking into the problem, but they never do squat.They do this, of course, to keep their user list as high as possible. Makes them look good and popular. I finally just abandoned them, but I still have an account!

  11. You are incorrect about mewe. It has no ads at all. If you are going to write an article you need to do research or your credibility is shot.

  12. Michael Dickson, you can delete your account. I have tried it on an account and haven’t had anyone from mewe messaging me.

  13. These people working on these alternatives can better work together IMO.

    Definitly need FREE SPEECH these days.

  14. Parler in place of Twitter. This is a right leaning social media site however. Parler is very, VERY 1st amendment. It’s growing fast, and its an exact replica of Twitter.

  15. Found pocketnet.app on reddit alternatives. It is pretty new but on the blockchain, without corporate entity and opensource.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/RedditAlternatives/comments/cxb2xq/list_of_active_reddit_alternatives_40/

    https://pocketnet.app/
    https://pocketnet.app/blockexplorer/

  16. MeWe membership is largely a pro-Trump, anti-Semitic, radically conservative – basically a bunch of haters.

    1. How is pro Trump equal to haters?

      Many liberals hate on jews and are radically conservative in their own hypocrite ways.

      Do me a favor and be PRO ANYTHING, choose something and put Your effort INTO it. Don’t choose the ANTI-SOMETHING organization or the ANTI X movement.

      Be SOMEONE and stand for SOMETHING.
      SOMEONE that is not against SOMETHING.
      And SOMETHING that does not do things AGAINST/ANTI/CONTRA anything.

      Just be YOU. Not a group, not an opinion or a party or a side or a club….

      Thank YOU for reading this and I DARE you to THINK for the SELF YOU ARE.

      (I like the Donald sometimes but that does not matter here, it really doesn’t. I am saying that if you stand FOR progress rather than AGAINST conservatives, you will be muuuuuch happier, more effective and many “haters” will be ON YOUR side, standing FOR YOU and FOR SOMETHING WORTHWHILE. Which by then would be the same… But now it’s just another Brick in the wall.)

  17. It seems to be a million social media apps nowadays to many to even sign up for!🤓🤗

  18. after the abortion on wheels called facebook – i have no interest in social media

    1. And yet, here you are…

  19. “Like it or not, Facebook and Twitter are dominant, and any serious competitor is going to have to integrate with them to at least some degree to make switching a softer move for the users.”

    The above quote is incorrect. Competitors DO NOT integrate with their competition. People do not need StupidBooks or Twittycraps help to move to another platform. You DELETE account then CREATE account. Easy.

  20. How is “alt right” unfortunate? Stop cucking.

  21. After several years of off and on Facebook, i finally ditched it for good. Got tired of all of the BS with everyone and everything especially all of the ads. You offend someone, they block you and all of the childish games they play. Free at last.

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