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Don't Like Facebook? Alternative Social Networking Sites

Updated on July 29, 2015

What are Alternatives to Facebook?

There could be may reasons why you would look for social networking alternatives to Facebook. Perhaps you don't like Facebook's admittedly rather shocking privacy settings; maybe you think Facebook is too full of junk and has lost its original purpose, or perhaps you just like trying out the next big thing, and Facebook is no longer it.

Whatever your reasoning, we will look here at some alternatives, both the existing rivals to Facebook and the new kids on the block.

Facebook is kind of like prison. You spend all day staring at walls and getting poked by people you don’t know.

— Unknown

What is a Social Network?

Before we can look at alternative social networks, we need to understand exactly what a social network is. Dictionary.com defines a social network as:

a website where one connects with those sharing personal or professional interests, place of origin, education at a particular school, etc.

Using that definition, there are a great many social networks, including innumerable web forums. I'm going to be looking at the more typical social networks where you can add friends, link to people, share information/photos, etc.

Social Media Sites

Social media sites are similar to social networking sites. In fact, these terms are often used interchangeably. They may also be sites that concentrate on the sharing of media such as video clips, photos, and music.

In this article, we will be looking at both social media sites and social networking sites.

Why I Dislike Facebook: A Video

Current Facebook Rivals

There are hundreds of social networks, including quite a few 10 million + member networks. Different countries and regions have their own popular social networks (Qzone and WeChat in China, Cyworld in South Korea, Mixi in Japan, etc.). In the Western world, there are several alternatives to Facebook:

LinkedIn: A professional social networking site with approximately 347 million users worldwide. Good for maintaining professional contacts with colleagues, clients, and others, LinkedIn can also be used for finding jobs and recruiting employees.

Twitter: While smaller and more narrow in focus, Twitter is hardly an also-ran. At last count, it boasted over 284 million active users and 500 million tweets a day. It is growing at least as fast as Facebook and is causing quite a lot of waves with a well-publicised role in revolutionary movements in Egypt, Iran, and other countries.

Pinterest: This platform revolves around the concept of "pinning" interesting photos, web pages, articles, and other content onto virtual noticeboards, then sharing them with people. You can create different pinboards for different interests, events, collections, or whatever you want. You can view things on other people's pinboards and repin them on your own. Pinterest has over 72.8 million users and is growing rapidly.

Instagram: This isn't just a social network, but it is being used as one by many. It's an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service that lets users to share images, videos, and words. Instagram says 300 million people use its photo app every month, with 70% of them coming from outside the US.

Tumblr: Tumblr is part blog and part social networking site. Users can create their own blogs and follow others' in a similar way to social networks. Last I checked, it had 420 million users, probably 30-50 of which are active, and 217 million blogs.

MySpace: Originally the big name in social networking, it is most popular with young people and has 50.6 million monthly active members. Following a re-branding, it is now a music-orientated site targeted at young people.

Tagged: A social networking site with approximately 100 million users (but no clear data on how many are active), it is now also known as if(we). It was the subject of significant controversy in 2009 for allegedly using member's email accounts to repeatedly send invites to all of their email contacts.

The Ever-Changing Map of Social Networks
The Ever-Changing Map of Social Networks

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The Next Big Thing in Social Networking?

These are the new kids on the block. There are many contenders to Facebook's crown, but to really have any major effect on that hegemony, newcomers have to have a different take on the social networking theme, their own unique selling point, and something that makes them stand out from the crowd. Here are just a few of the contenders.

Diaspora: This is a nonprofit, user-owned and distributed social network that gives you full ownership and control of all the data, photos, writing, etc. that you post. This is in direct contrast to Facebook, whose policy is to use your data and posts however it likes.

Ello: An invite-only ad-free alternative to existing social networks, Ello is still in the beta testing phase but is still getting a lot of attention. Created by a small group of artists who'd grown tired of clutter, negativity, data mining, and ads. You won't be forced to watch videos or see ads.

Foursquare: There has certainly been a lot of noise about this recently: Location-based services are based in the mobile phone. The game or app recognises and uses your location. In Foursquare (with 45 million registered users and about 5 billion active ones), you collect badges for visiting different places and you can even become "mayor" of places (like your local coffee shop) by being the person who visits most often. Location-based services are starting to be used by shops and other businesses to attract customers.

Ning: An online platform that allows individuals and organizations to create their own custom social networks. Create and design your own customized hub to connect with your community.

Path: A social network that limits you to 50 friends. The idea of this is to allow you to interact with and share your photos, thoughts, and your life, really, with only the people you are closest to.

Interest-Based Social Networks

Many social networking commentators believe that 2015 will be the year of the interest-based social network, i.e. the niche social network catering to people interested in one particular hobby or pastime. A good example of a specialist social network is Goodreads, a social network for book lovers, with over 20 million users.

Here's a partial list of the options that are out there:

  • BlackPlanet: The largest social network for African-Americans for matchmaking, job postings, and discussion forums, with nearly 20 million users.
  • Care2: A network for social activists to connect with other people, organizations, and businesses around the world to make an impact, with a membership of about 15 million users.
  • CircleMe: A way to connect online with people who share your passions. A social network that isn't based on who you know but rather, what you love.
  • DeviantART: An online collection of all kinds of art: "The world's largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art."
  • Flickr: Widely used by photographers to share the images they make with an art-loving community.
  • Flitocracy: An online fitness game that allows you to enjoy friendly competition in exercise, even when you're exercising alone. "Fitocracy's mission is to make fitness a more fun, more addictive experience."
  • Flixter: A network of movie enthusiasts that allows you to share, recommend, and discuss and movies with online friends.
  • Foodspotting: A visual guide to good food and where to find it. Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can instead recommend specific dishes and see what specific menu items others recommend. A great way to discover the best thing on the menu!
  • Flipora: A service that connects you with others to exchange recommendations of online content, based on your personalized based on your interests and web activity. Basically, a way internet surfers can connect and share what they've found.
  • Goodreads: A free website for book lovers. Members compile virtual bookshelves of their favorite books and browse others' bookshelves, write and read book reviews, rate books they've read, start or join a book club or discussion group, contact an author, and even post their own writing.
  • MyHeritage: A social family tree that makes it easier for users to find their relatives and allows them to share genealogy, photos, and discussion with extended family.
  • MyLife (formerly Reunion.com): Helps users find old friends, classmates, relatives, and former workmates.
  • Last.FM: A social network of about 30 million music fans. Keeps track of what you like to and posts your lists to other social networks like Facebook.
  • Meetup: This site makes it easy for you to find people with common interests online and actually meet with them offline! Enter your zip code and your topic of interest and Meetup helps arrange a place and time to meet. For those for whom virtual connections are not entirely satisfying, this may be the way of the future.
  • Quora: A question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, and edited by community members: "the best place to find the answer to anything you want to know."
  • Reddit: A website where community members submit content (questions, pieces of writing or art, images, etc.) onto a public bulletin board and connect with interested others.
  • TagsChat: A new social network based on interests that lets you find and chat with new friends who share your interests.
  • Wattpad: A writing community in which users can post articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems, giving them an opportunity to connect with a wider audience.
  • WordPress: A blogging community where users post their writing and engage in conversations with like-minded friends.
  • Zynga: Their mission is "to connect the world through games." A virtual playhouse for those who like to connect by playing games with other people.

For more information, check out my article on interest-based social networks.

Facebook is not your friend, it is a surveillance engine.

— Richard Stallman

Google+: The Anti-Facebook?

When I first wrote this article, the popularity of sites like Facebook and Twitter was seen as largely unassailable, with the rest squabbling for scraps. Then Google entered the fray with Google Plus (or Google+ as it is often written). In its first month, despite being in an invite-only beta phase, it amassed 25 million users. This was the number Google cited, but it's not an accurate depiction since every Gmail address was automatically given a corresponding Google+ account. In other words, the vast majority of Google+ "participants" have never even logged in. Unfortunately, there is no clear data about how many active users Google+ really has, but the latest estimates suggest that between 4 to 6 million people engage, interact, and post publicly on the platform.

Google Plus is not just a Facebook clone. It is a social network that has good privacy settings built in and combines the best features of both Facebook and Twitter. You can share posts, photos, and videos with your friends and family, and you can also follow people you don't know (like celebrities, your favourite writers, sports stars) like you do on Twitter.

If you like, you can write posts and publish them publically like on Twitter, but with no word limit and with the ability to include photos and other content in your posts. In that respect, it can be a bit like a blog, too. The consensus seems to be that on Google Plus, you get much more interaction, comments, and feedback than you do on a blog post or a tweet. Several friends have told me they now use Google Plus because it is a good place for "intelligent conversation," and I would have to agree with this assessment.

At the heart of Google+ is "circles," the idea that you can add friends, family, contacts, and people you are following into different circles. This allows you to view and share posts with whichever groups of people you wish.

If you haven't already tried Google Plus, here are ten reasons why you should give it a go. Even if you've tried it out in its early days when it was something of a ghost town, and not been back since, you might be pleasantly surprised now.

Looking for a Different Kind of Social Network? Try Harnu!

Harnu is a different breed entirely from most of the networks covered on this page. It aims to connect people from different countries so we can find out more about the world and different cultures. Each person is registered from the country they live in which makes it easy to ask questions of others and answer questions about your country if you wish!

As an example, say you are from the USA and you want a question answered by someone in Nigeria. Maybe you are looking to travel there, start doing business with the country, or just want to find out what it is like to live there. You then ask a question to the people in Nigeria and someone (possibly several people) will write responses. Likewise, people from other countries might ask questions about your country, which you will be able to view and answer if you wish. A very simple, but clever idea. The company is still in its infancy but has the potential to really get the people of the world talking to each other, which can't be a bad thing.

Have I Missed Anything?

If you know of a good social network, particularly if it is new or creating a bit of a buzz, let me know in the comments. If it's good, I'll add it here.


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      jwozni2 2 weeks ago

      Another site that is worth checking out is CircleHubb.com. It is a new platform that allows users to create circles for each group of individuals they would like to stay in touch with. Good privacy settings, you can make the circle private or public. Nicely organized dashboard that allows one to easily see posts from different groups all in one place. Worth a look especially because there are endless possibilities for circles; family, friends, co-workers, clients, etc..

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      Invisocial 3 weeks ago from Global

      A new chip on the block, ProblemExpress.com offers not just social networking with greater privacy features than FB and also a means to de-stress and find solutions to everyday problems.

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      MissCapri 3 weeks ago

      So far, seen.life is my favourite out of the various sites listed here. They're still very small, but it's a clean design, works well for someone with accessibility issues, and the groups you creat or join are right on the main page when you log in, so very easy to just go do a few posts. I also love their discussion editor. You can do plain text or html posts, edit, and delete your posts too. The post status works like FB's, you can post to your profile or to any group you're in. Add videos and links too. And they're pro-free speech.

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      jfai 3 weeks ago

      these all sound interesting. i like google+. i am hoping to find one that is better than facebook but free- like facebook. i know that means some ads to support it. i checked out invisocial but i have a problem with any service that demands that i pay around $50 to invite friends to a private network.

      I can do that on google+ for free. and on facebook for free with their groups. my problem with facebook is that i am seeing people being blocked and banned over the use of a nickname or other stupid stuff. believe or not, there are stalkers on facebook and also in real life and sometimes people use fake names to protect themselves.

      i saw someone actually ruin a family member's life and cause a number of family members to no longer go around them. they contacted all family members on their friend's list and told them a bunch of lies. every time they changed their name on an account, that person found them and did the same thing. facebook did nothing to protect them, but shut them down for not using their real name.

      so yeah, i would love to see an alternative to facebook but without all of the blocking, banning, and restrictions of facebook.

      also they claim to have community standards. but when i reported lizard squad for bragging about how they took a game i played down and which game they were going after next, they informed me that lizard squad had not violated their policies. so terrorism is in and decency is out.

      i get it, but i really hate it. however, since my entire family is on facebook and it is the only way i can stay in touch with them, there needs to be a viable alternative that doesn't cost us money to use.

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      Frederick 4 weeks ago

      How about just getting your own personal homepage or blog and kicking these (typically commercial) proprietary networks (e.g FaceSpace type of sites) to the kerb?

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      Tammy 2 months ago

      Can I sign up to pinterest without using another account like facebook?

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      MissCapri 2 months ago

      Isn't gab.ai still invite only, or on a member submission approval basis? I remember hearing something limiting about it. Quora won't let you contribute unless you give your full name. I refused. Quotev is a frightening place. But I'll check out your chatterbox and medium.com. Seen.life is good, too.

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      libbilee 3 months ago

      Don't try Quora either. It is a disgusting place where a hand full of long term male members talk to each other but will pounce on new people especially females. They aren't overly intelligent and I get the impression they are a bunch of prejudiced idiots with backwoods ideas about their own superiority.

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      Tee Abe 3 months ago

      This was a great article! There are so many reasons why privacy is important, and the comments coming from Facebook's founder trying to minimize that shows that he's out of touch with the masses Facebook serves, probably because (1) he became successful young and likely has had people kissing his butt most of his adult life, and (2) he himself HAS HAD TO give up his privacy so he feels that everyone else should (including the majority of us non-mogul, non-celebrity folks, who may not be our own bosses (or have to regard our patrons if we are), be rich, and/or have the LUXURY of being unfiltered at all times. Why shouldn't the elementary school teachers, top secret and undercover military and law enforcement agents, people who have been stalked, refugees (as well as regular Joes and Janes - you get where I'm going here) share all of their plans, stops, wild weekends, family vacation photos, bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc., for all to see - jobs, churches, schools, patrons, colleaugues, etc., should see and know everything about everyone, right (I'm being very sarcastic here)?).

      I'm definitely going to forward the video along - that was awesome, too.

      I just want to mention, though, that Facebook now owns Instagram, and do you know that they are now trying to force people to open Facebook accounts or link their Instagram accounts to Facebook accounts in order to do certain things or change certain settings on Instagram, such as retrieving a password? I don't even remember opening my about-to-be-deleted Instagram account with a password - I just linked it to my mobile number. Soon they'll probably be making all Instagram users attach their accounts to Facebook accounts to make all users of both sites disclose their personal information to the company. Unreal.

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      Joe Sweeney 4 months ago

      This app is awesome and just came out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvB0R3DjXHY

      Never seen a to-do list mixed with a social network like this before. Totally original.

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      MissCapri 4 months ago

      Here's another one that looks very promising.


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      John 4 months ago

      Avatar Social Network has been around for a few years now but it's mostly for virtual worlds and online game players. Still it's a great website with no privacy invading issues.

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      Brien 4 months ago

      We need to restrict the control that Facebook has on its users.

      Their 'blocking' is discriminatory with no essentially no option for redress.

      I have been blocked for a 'nude' photo from historical archives as it offended some ultra-conservative.

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      Kalle 5 months ago

      Searching for a Facebook alternative?

      Check out: http://isso.club/

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      jwozni2 5 months ago

      There is a new website called CircleHubb. It allows you to create and easily communicate with people within your circle. You have total control over who becomes part of your circle. Unlike Facebook, you can keep everything private if you desire. As privacy becomes a more important issue for people I see them utilizing platforms like Chubb more and more. They have mobile apps coming out soon as well. Worth a look.

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      MissCapri 6 months ago

      I left Ning when it went pay. Left group site for the same reason.

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      Invisocial 6 months ago from Global

      Invisocial has gone through some changes in User Interface to make it more acceptable to mainstream users. Following are the changes.

      1. URL changed from Invisocial.com to Invisocial.net

      2. Moved from free hosting to paid hosting with SSD Drives thus making the site slightly more faster.

      3. SSL Encryption offers more security. This means the site is now https

      4. A help page is now available as a guide to getting started.

      5. Introduced a Private Chat room feature.

      6. Completely Ad Free and Zero subscription fees.

      7. A Donate button for members to support through voluntary contribution.

      8. Facebook login to make it easier for FB users to check in.

      9. Invite Friend button making it easy for members to invite their friends, colleagues and family or community members.

      Invisocial has also been featured on WeAreChange.org as one of the alternative to the Big 3 Social networks. The article is available at http://bit.ly/29saioO

      With over 100 users and a dozen active users, this social network is designed and developed and maintained by one person for past 1 and half years on a shoe string budget.

      Invisocial is not about connecting with strangers. It is about communicating with people you already know in a private and secure way.

      So lets not have this effort go waste. If you have any suggestions on improvement, please share it with the developer by writing to invisocial dot com at gmail dot com

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      Julie 6 months ago

      I would hardly consider linkedin an alternative to facebook.

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      MissCapri 6 months ago

      And don't forget the annoying memes. Facebook is full of stupid memes AKA chain letters. It's only gotten worse, though Fb claims to be clamping down on fake news stories, it still doesn't stop the spread and recycling of all other viral junk.

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      countrygirl 6 months ago

      Gonna try some on this list. Facebook has gotten out of hand.

      It is nothing more than a dating or hook site anymore.

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      Sam 6 months ago

      The only social network that is worth using is https://www.minds.com/

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      Sach Kand 6 months ago

      And don´t forget : https://www.minds.com

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      Krusnik Paul 7 months ago

      thanks bro!!! I DELETED IT

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      Invisocial 7 months ago from Global

      Lastly, Invisocial is not a public network like Facebook so do not expect to make new friends here by connect with existing members. This is not the place for that. When someone signs up on Invisocial they are by default invisible or their profile is hidden in search. Only when the go to edit profile and change it to make it available for search do they figure up on the Search or Browse profile list. This is the opposite of Facebook or other social networks which focus on connecting strangers with strangers and increasing the population swiftly.

      Whereas on Invisocial, this is meant to be the place where you invite and connect with your existing friends and family. Yes, they too have to sign up with Invisocial to be able to privately and securely communicate with you.

      So to do that, you need to use the Invite form once you have signed in and invite all your friends. For the moment as a free member you can invite only one free member.

      This is a limitation yes if you want to invite more. But then we are limited by server space which is expensive. So if you want to invite more than one person, you will have to pay $4.99 for each additional member.

      Likewise, all free members get 100 MB of server space to host their uploaded files and photos. Once this limit is crossed, they have to upgrade their membership to premium for only $9.99 which offers 2 GB of server space.

      This is not going to be a advertisement driven free social network and will be based on subscription.

      A one time fee of $9.99 or $4.99 is not a bad deal. So for no one is biting as most people are not figuring how to use Invisocial as they are still in the Facebook mindset.

      You can also start your own private Invisocial like network on your own website/hosting account. This starts for only $24.99 for a clone of Invisocial.net

      So until one gets out of the mindset of existing social networks, Invisocial will remain Invisible I guess. :-)

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      Invisocial 7 months ago from Global

      There are three versions of Invisocial and I am not sure which one Frank tried out.




      Invisocial.net is the most widely used and which I use regularly to bookmark, blog and use the in-built password manager as well as share private information with family and friends.

      Invisocial.com was hosted today and is basically a older version which offers only social dating/connecting features.

      FreeSpeech.tk is the enterprise version of Invisocial offering maximum encryption and an internal registration interface.

      I agree with Frank though that the interface is not user friendly and people sign up but cannot figure up what to do next.

      But I am limited by time, design sense and lack of coding skills.

      If anyone needs any personal assistance, get in touch with me online and I can guide you to using Invisocial.

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      Invisocial 7 months ago from Global

      There will not be any more changes with the Interface or design and if people are not able to figure out how to use it, then they should check up the other options out there and none of them offer end to end encryption for ALL data on the server. Unless you trust the kinds of FB and WhatsApp who claim to encrypt everything.

      Encryption means incorporating user friendly interface is a tough call.

      Yet, we keep it improving so long as there is traction and funding available. So far neither is forthcoming.

      If there are some good coders or designers willing to contribute in creating a more user friendly service, write to cryptoguru@invisocial.com mentioning your profile in brief and some project examples. As the project is not funded, each one will have to contribute on their free time and some kind of revenue share agreement can be attributed.

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      Frank 7 months ago

      No luck with invisocial either, I tried too many times. If you want people to use your site, make it user friendly.

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      Franklin Ames 7 months ago

      No luck with invisocial either, tried too many times

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      Rad 8 months ago

      Don't forget Snapchat. Used daily by all my friends.

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      Segmadis 8 months ago

      Lately I found one new network which is somehow like twitter but in the same time it is completely different. It is constantly being modified and new features are being added - http://trendy.live

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      Invisocial 9 months ago from Global

      Kevin, If you are having problem signing up, you can try the demo account username is demo password is demo.

      Any this is not at all like facebook.

      The site does not allow odd characters that can open up backdoors. @$# are allowed by ? and " or , may not be allowed.

      Invisocial is for creating a private network not joining a public network and making new friends. So if you cannot get your friends to Invisocial, it is pretty useless.

      What Invisocial offers is secure and encrypted information sharing. This means even I the founder cannot know what you are sharing with your friends.

      Everything that is textual is encrypted on the server. Photos and files are not encrypted but stored in encrypted folders.

      There is a password Manager, Contact Manager and Bookmark Manager.

      So even if you do not have any friends on Invisocial to socialize with, you can sign up to use the above apps.

      I use the bookmark manager quite frequently myself as I have three different computers at two different locations that I personally use. So saving the links on Invisocial makes more sense than the Browser.

      You can also use Invisocial as a Blog. Your blog would be http://www.invisocial.com/yourusername

      Check out for example the help page created as a blog at http://www.invisocial.com/help

      And if you want to start your own social network for as less as $25 then you can check out the features at http://www.invisocial.com/about

      I doubt Facebook offers so many features. They only want to know who you are, who you are connected to and what you do. Just spy on you period.

      Whereas Invisocial does the opposite.

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      Kevin Martin 9 months ago

      Facebook recently banned me for posting a link to a putlocker movie for my friends. I realized that I didn't care if they decided to ban me for their 3 day time out...I just went and closed it out. Facebook deems themselves to be much more important than they actually are, and I for one got sick of it. I am not a social media type anyway as I never "friend" anyone I don't actually know. I'm sticking with Google +, it has never banned me for anything!

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      Kevin Martin 9 months ago

      Sorry but invisocial seems just as screwed up as facebook. I have tried 10 different usenames and passwords but all i get is invalid. Cannot register an account there so too me it must be crap. Thanks though.

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      jponiato 9 months ago from Mid-Michigan

      I realize this is a 4 year old hub, but you might want to take a look at minds.com. It is a social network, decentralized, with an emphasis on privacy and security. It includes a messenger platform with full end-to-end encryption.

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      Invisocial 9 months ago from Global

      hey there. The latest news is the www.invisocial.com the social network that offers maximum privacy and security is back online and so is another social network which is based on opensource social network platform (OSSN) at www.easysecured.com which offers encrypted chat and privacy of profiles.

      Either way there are two alternatives to Facebook. Both of them free. Invisocial is completely Ad free and offers the maximum features and if you want to host a copy of Invisocial on your own website check out the pricing for that at www.invisocial.com/about You can get a clone of Invisocial.com or EasySecured.com of FreeSpeech.tk on your website.

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      LoverOfLife 9 months ago

      soclyfe.com is GREAT! I like it better than Facebook.

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      AmberP 11 months ago

      For me, helpmebro.com is at the top of the list!

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      Invisocial 12 months ago from Global

      I recently found out the problem with hosting your own social network.

      Your hosting provider may not really allow you to host one.

      As soon as they see the numbers are increasing, they will shut you down giving one ore more lame excuses. This is what happened to the encrypted social network, InviSocial.com

      Temporarily I have moved the official page to Invisocial.tk but the social network is offline for now.

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      MissCapri 12 months ago

      Ning was awful. They used to let you create your own social networks, then suddenly they changed their policy. Not only did people have to pay to create new networks, but anyone who had previously created a network for free, couldn't keep it. It was either pay up or buh-bye network. Bleh. group site was good for a while, until the member limit turned out to be 25 members. For more, you had to pay a hefty fee. Mix was great but they recently closed. I've goe with Google Plus communities for now, but am always looking for other options.

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      PT 12 months ago

      I just published a pretty interesting social networking site myself a couple days ago.. it's called Peipper and it is basically an endless paper. All user profiles (and their own zones around their profile) are in this same paper at different coordinates. I think it's pretty cool. You don't move up and down but in any direction.

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      Rodney 13 months ago from Canada

      Thank you for this information. All of these mentioned social networks each have their own uniqueness and individual benefits but Facebook will likely continue to offer a more well-rounded solution to people's social and business needs.

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      DarthBonnie 13 months ago

      I used to dislike google plus because none of my friends or family ever logged in there . I could not have facebook or twitter because my parents said I was to young but my mom only used facebook and my dad twitter . But after using it I began to like it's security as well the features of both facebook and twitter . I always thought of a twitter the only problemn i would have was expressing myself in 140 characters .

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      Invisocial 13 months ago from Global

      I would not develop anything that is addictive.

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      Invisocial 14 months ago from Global

      People are surely concerned about privacy aspect but are not doing much. Facebook and other social networks have something to offer that compensates the need to shift to another competitive network.

      I have launched my own social network at www.invisocial.com but the response has been almost "nothing". As this is a private network not a public network, the message I hear from existing users is "Whom to connect to?" if the network does not have as many "accessible" users?

      When I tell them, they have to get their friends to InviSocial, they balk at the idea as their friends and families may not want to be there.

      Unless there is fundamentally something attractive that a network offers the users (like whatsapp did) it is almost impossible to get millions of people accepting another network.

      Meanwhile, I am focused on getting people to launch their own private network as also businesses.

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      Stuart 14 months ago

      Hmmm...Social networking is sort of like an embryonic form of 'the hive'. All these kids and youngsters these days, walking down the street with their eyeballs sucked into a 'dumb-me-down' phone. Rehearsing for implants that will tap into the cloud and receive and transmit thoughts and other data, all under the watchful eye of those who run the NWO.

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      Tina 14 months ago

      Sorry if someone else already has mentioned:


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      Donna S. 14 months ago

      Another social media site is Iceland's alternative ... seen.is

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      J337 14 months ago

      Had no idea about these social networks. Have used FB for a few years and starting to wonder about how 'community standards' are enforced by moderators. Just had two comments removed and got warnings after a pro-right-wing troll reported me for disagreeing with her offensive, nasty remarks. My posts were not offensive. Hers remained. Wrote a complaint and posted it pointing out the issue and how so many other comments are actually out of line yet remain (including said troll's), and even how I reported a couple of photos a while ago people had posted of pro-ISIS murders (human heads) and a little girl being held down, naked, by predators mutilating her genitals while she screamed in pain. Was told to just block the pages if I didn't want to see them. Several people said she did the same to them and appears to be one of several LNP staffers. FB then removed the post, and everyone else's comments on the matter, and blocked me for 24 hours with a threat to delete my account if I didn't remain silent. Clearly FB has become an anti-social network with ties to right-wing politics, pushing their extremist agendas. If there are other social networks that have not becomes as corrupted as FB, I'd like to know which ones are worthwhile, and will be happy to encourage people I know to head on over. The only way to show FB their behaviour has violated 'community standards' is to get enough people to leave for a similar, viable alternative that their share value and profits take a hit. Anybody got any leads on a good one?

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      jane 16 months ago

      Plurk is a great alternative, it's a mix of twitter with instant messaging. It's mostly popular in Asia, but there's a pretty big English community, and you can cross post to Twitter and Facebook if you really need to

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      Danny 16 months ago

      My life is soooooo much better without any social media!

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      Invisocial 16 months ago from Global

      You can start pretty much anything on Invisocial. For example a blog, a company website, fan page, etc.

      Invisocial is far more secure than any of the other social networks out there. For example, I have created a demo account and locked it to my computer. The username is demo and password is demo. try it out on your computer and I am sure it will not work.

      You can lock your account to your browser or your computer or even a USB pen drive.

      Even otherwise there are security and privacy features built in. For a full list of these features check out the about page. Here are a few that I can mention.

      All your data is encrypted using AES 256 which is by far good enough to beat most hackers.

      Thus even if the site is hacked, your information will be safer than that on Facebook or other social networking sites who save your data in plain text so they can offer tools to search and mine your information and sell it to the highest bidder.

      No such thing possible on Invisocial.

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      The Friendly Web Guy 16 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You missed Tsu! It is a social media platform that was created a few years ago and is quickly gaining market share. It is taking over Facebook! Facebook is so scared, they banned any comments or links mentioning Tsu. Tsu pays users for sharing unique content. I signed up a few days ago, and I am already making money. The platform is invite only, so here is my invite link!


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      charlie 16 months ago

      Next Generation Social Network, Is it Friendscroll.tk

      why everyone switches in to Friendscroll, Does Friendscroll.tk become the next successful Social network. How does their privacy policy become that much attractive.

      Does Friendscroll.tk is the real alternative to Facebook ?

      I am astonished by seeing Friendscroll, it was actually recommended by one of my friend.

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      Invisocial 17 months ago from Global

      Invisocial is another social network worth checking it out.

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      Sneha Girap 20 months ago

      Awesome information i would also like to suggest http://alchetron.com which is a social encyclopedia

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      remy delaruppel 21 months ago

      What about private social networks? I think that more and more people are getting fed up with large social networks that drown you with too much data about anything and everything. I believe people prefer smaller, tighter, more relevant communities around a specific topic or interest. Nowadays you can have your own private and custom social network; there are tons of platforms for that. One example is socialengine. Well maybe not such a good example because I've tried it a few years back and thought it was very very clunky. Today I'm using something much lighter and most importantly mobile: Minsh. They can provide you with a custom social app. If you have your own community, it's a killer feature to have your own community app!

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      Springfieldhost 23 months ago from Springfield, Illinois

      I think you should give the new alternative social network BuddyList a try. BuddyList is a very unique social network that doesn't ask for your personal information. You don't even have to use a real name if u don't want to. Its worth a look. see what you think about it. http://buddylist.co/

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      Hezekiah 23 months ago from Japan

      I think that if you don't like Facebook then you should stay away from all Social Networking sites. Im trying to stay away due to the time it often wastes.

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      Cici 23 months ago

      Although nothing can compare to FaceBook there is actually a new site that is really good called SlyKatz. They have contests. giveaways,voice greeting, and you can even make money. I like the platform its cool, clean, and different. They have a youtube video :


      Well that's my 2 cents!

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      Jesse H 2 years ago


      It s called: Pass It On, that's a social media app for your phone, comes out march 25th 2015.

      Thats good

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      damiantof7 2 years ago

      There are a lot of them but at the moment the one that i am using is

      http://thepingr.com , just because the privacy is good and they have all the functions needed

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      Mac 2 years ago

      MeWe.com, they promise they don't sell your data

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I use both facebook and tsu but tsu gives you money

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Very interesting and informative. Hence I share it here and on FB. Thank you for this post.

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      TTGReviews 2 years ago

      Most of these different sites have separate, but similar, audiences and intended purposes. While Facebook and Twitter focus on making posts and others responding, other sites like Pinterest and Bebo are more focused on visual and graphical communicating. Also, sites like LinkedIn have a focus on communicating professionally with other members. Would you guys say this is correct?

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      Bosse 2 years ago

      ImUp is a free app for IOS... it's using the Facebook account to login to the app, but instead of Facebook focusing on the past (what has already happened) it's focus is on the future - what I want to do.

      Let's say I'm up for an afterwork beer, then I choose the beer from the list and all my friends know what I'm up for and can join.

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      grandaddy-O 2 years ago

      I have a love/hate relationship with FaceBook (ditto, google & google+). FaceBook works great for my social, family, friends & i enjoy being able to easily connect & share with a universe of people. HOWEVER - I live two (2) lives, my psrsonal life & my "gearhead" live. FaceBook & Google+ will not allow me to operate two separate social media IDs. Both place so many restrictions on my gearhead hobby pages (greedy trying to make them commercial) & forcing links back fo my personal pages, so much so that they are becoming a useless way to enjoy & share my hobby. I want my grandaddy-Os FaceBook page to function just like my personal page without restrictions & without tying me back to my personal page unless i want to (ditto, google+ gmail@grandaddyOs.com). If someone knows how to make these site "behave" & serve me rather than fight & restrict me ...please give me a shout! ...j.o. (aka: grandaddy-O). ps: same goes for linkedin.

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      Ovca 2 years ago

      Can't see losmatrix.com listed. It's small but cozy. Good for family.

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      Emmy 2 years ago

      Yes I hate Facebook

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      Alex 2 years ago

      Debyoo is cool. You connect with people using storytelling

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      Alice Jojo 2 years ago


      Feel good beautiful ,resource sharing.

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      nakmeister 2 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      It might be worth a try, it's always a good idea to have a look and see what else is around because it might suit your needs better.

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      Jennifer S 2 years ago

      Spiritual Networks is a good one, meant for people with a spiritual passion, 100,000 I think.

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      Niko Linni 2 years ago from Long Beach, California

      I have never really given Google+ a try. I've posted to it and followed some people on it, but I've never really gone full into it. Maybe it's something I should look into?

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      richard 2 years ago

      California has facebook and twitter NewYork City now has it very own new social networking website called. FacesbyPlaces.com its a website that solves your facebook blues , remembering a friend who passed away while socializing on your favorite website is a new idea behind the popular social website its creator says Facebook was at one point cool but it has become like a myspace. Google agrees and we will see who will win . We know its Google , Facebook is like a germ not respecting websites that started helping build a community.

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      Nathan 2 years ago

      Another good FB alternative is Twii. It's newer so doesn't have a lot of members right now but it's growing. Check it out at http://twii.me/ The great thing about Twii is that it doesn't have ads.

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      Jemuel 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Your title really caught my attention. Don't like Facebook?... A really interesting title isn't it? Well, you've got a good list of alternative social networking sites. I guess, this hub will be really helpful to those people who do not want facebook anymore. Thanks for this wonderful hub, I enjoyed reading this one.

      Voted up and interesting

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      Jason 2 years ago

      Good thorough list!

      Maybe viewers would also like to check out http://www.jottar.com

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      Martin 2 years ago

      Don't share baby photos and other child related info on Facebook. Instead use http://www.mytinybaby.com cause it's private and you can choose who can see your personal posts.

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      Calio 2 years ago

      I am tired of ads on Facebook. I just switched to muflr (www.muflr.com). They call themselves as Socially responsible and are completely ads free.

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      DanielTwistUK 3 years ago from Blackpool, Lancashire

      Facebook is still a great social network

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      James Richton 3 years ago from USA

      For some reason, I don't like any social media sites. I think that people use them to try and one up each other.

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      rock85cool 3 years ago

      Bebo and Tagged are pretty bad and almost unusable. Pinterest and LinkedIn are good and either fun or useful, but I personally don't get much feedback and it's same for twitter but I use the least out of all of them. Google+ is good, and I get a little feedback but that's likely cause I haven't invited everyone I know on it yet.

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      FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

      LinkedIn is awesome, so far I have so many connections there. So is Tumblr, I love its layout. :)

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      John Hollywood 3 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Great article and very practical!

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      Mcfly 3 years ago

      I have recently stumbled across a site called GLOM.com Though it doesn't have many users as of yet, the privacy policy is solid...

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      Erica 3 years ago

      I get tired of all the garbage on Twitter and Facebook. They track everything...I prefer using Google+ but I tried friendoozle and really like it. You can set up a private family or friends network and stay in touch with their Skype integration. I can see when my sister is online with Skype from within my friendoozle panel.

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      Brianna Berry 3 years ago from San Francisco, California

      This is an awesome article! I have done some research on the popularity of these sites, and there are some figures here: http://www.toptensocialmedia.com/social-media-face...

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      This is great! By now I'm still using Facebook but if ever I get tired of it I may try other social networking sites. Tumblr is always awesome btw -- owned three blogs there so far. :)

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      Mandy14 3 years ago

      The best facebook alternative I have found is Ravetree. There relatively new, but the site is pretty awesome. They have great privacy and they don't have ads. Ravetree also has several useful apps, such as a calendar and file storage. I've been telling all of my friends about them.

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      Aguy 3 years ago

      Twitter is here for the long haul, facebook is just a popular site at the moment. The difference is that Twitter is an effective way for companies to communicate to their customers and also a way for people to post their own status without the unwelcome incursions on privacy. I believe that many social networks will rise and fall, but each one of them that is successful will have an option to link to Twitter, eventually i think that all social media sites will be able to link together and no matter which one you choose, you will be visible to the same mass pool of users.

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      Cath 3 years ago

      I've been using http://www.notey.com . It says it's an 'interest network' and you only see posts via your friends or the world that is related to the interests of your choice! You can also link your instagram or blog post to find those who relates to you...

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      Mrinal Saha 3 years ago from Jaipur,India

      I don't think they are alternative to facebook,, They all are different with different concept , G+ is more of professional ,,, twitter is for micro blogging and facebook is connecting with friends,,

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      nakmeister 3 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Thanks for all the suggestions folks, keep them coming!

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      hoshmand 3 years ago

      Habbo is the best

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      iisteveb 3 years ago

      TheEventZoo seems like it will be pretty kool, heard they're supposed to launch sometime soon. I'm waiting on that one.

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      Ingmar 3 years ago

      Very new since 2013 january is http://www.friendshome.net

      It's a social network like facebook in its starting phase and offers a free email address. Though yet there are very less people registered, maybe that changes in reasonable time... Good luck!

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      KayLBrown 4 years ago from Grand Rapids, Michigan

      I can't even get past the sign-up phase of Harnu. I've tried signing in with my Facebook account, no luck. Then tried to sign up with my Google account, still no luck.

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      Gene 4 years ago

      Is there one which doesn't penalize you for being a fast reader/reposter? I'm sick of Facebook's "you're going to fast and misusing..." messages when I try to repost a number of notices about animals about to be euthanized. Or at least TELLS you what the limitations are, e.g. x number of reposts per hour, or whatever. And you can't have a dialogue with anyone at Facebook, only send messages they claim to read...

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      aditya 4 years ago

      www.Dreamsvillage.com is a Directory and social networking website for world film, media and art occupations, dreams village has brought the whole film ,media, art industry closer ,its useful not only as an information provider but also a powerful media networking. It is a platform that focuses on facilitating the building of social networks as well as business relations among people who belongs to any creative aspects.

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      sarah 4 years ago

      What about A Small World? This was the rage in affluent communities of pretentious douches about 6 years ago. Have they actually managed to keep it on the DL or is it completely irrelevant these days?

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      Homer-simpson Jay 4 years ago

      have you seen this social network that shares the advertisement places with the members ?

      new idea and its working with google adsense in a simple way ..

      check this out http://pinwage.com

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      GotID 4 years ago


      We are launching a new Social Identity Network www.gotid.me in March. It requires a paid subscription and we don't sell your data or have any advertising. We also verify your identity in 4 steps. If you want more info prior our launch email us otherwise we will post here again.

      Thank you

      Tarek Kirschen


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      paranaturally 4 years ago from United States

      Check out FreezeCrowd. It's a great newer social network that connects friends in college in group photos. It's easy to use, and it's fun!

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      David 4 years ago

      TalentSpace is an alternative to Facebook and Twitter. It allows it members to share on their Twitter and Facebook stream page direct from TalentSpace. TalentSpace is a social networking site aimed at the entertainment industry including actors, musicians, street entertainers and casting directors.

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      Bill 4 years ago

      I just found one called WeGup. It's new with hardly any members yet, but I joined and will wait and see.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      A great list of rivals, I would surely like to join some of them.

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      shameemweb 4 years ago from India

      New social networking sites can't beat Facebook its reached the people's heart

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      www.dawnkazmierzak.com 4 years ago

      insightful article...thanks for doing the research to provide some great options for a thinking generation !

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      JennyFrom 4 years ago

      I think you forgot www.Formvote.com lol :P I love that site. Awesome article!

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      Chris Hugh 4 years ago

      And now apparently Facebook is bidding off ad space for us based on our online shopping history. That is, spying on us and auctioning off the information.

      Facebook had been a convenient way to log onto different sites. No more. I'm also going to educate myself on cookies and try to lock down stupid Facebook's spying.

      Zurker is the primary place where I actually socialize. Zurker practices open accounting and will be owned and run by the users. The total opposite of Facebook.

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      jennifer 4 years ago

      Never new of these. Facebook is messed up. Now i can join better ones rather than facebook

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      sam dravid 4 years ago

      Hello nakmeister.Superb article and great information. I have registered on almost all of the above sites and I found them almost similar in nature.I encoutered with another site called todaylicious.com, its amazing and gives SEO boost to your website.

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      Bruce Chamoff 4 years ago from New York

      SocialSkyline.com also helps social media marketing professionals find paid social media projects and everyone logs in with Facebook. I made some good money on that site so far on Facebook and Twitter projects.

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      nakmeister 4 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      If you click on the link I gave it is an invitation link so you can sign up through that.

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      guest 4 years ago

      Zurker seems an interesting concept .Its stii in beta mode and sign up is only through invitations.

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      Adrian 4 years ago from Salford, Manchester,UK

      great list of alternatives to facebook. I've started using Pinterest recently and theres some great pictures and people on there, cheers.

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      steve 4 years ago

      The best social network I've found is my local pub. I've been using it for years and keep in touch with all my family and friends.

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      Bruce Chamoff 4 years ago from New York

      Hey, this is a great list. I am also reading everyone's comments here as they are also listing some interesting ones.

      Try SocialSkyline.com where social media experts get paid to write featured social network articles.

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      Amit Gupta 4 years ago

      Any site which enables to create page and members quickly

      in india

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      vk 4 years ago

      Diaspora is the best for me..... a distributed social ntwork

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      Rose s 5 years ago

      From above the tagged.com seems to be dating oriented site with vulgarity... How can it be in this list... Diaspora concepts isn't clear to me what is it!! but yeah Path is good.. while recently i tried friendsred.com . This site seems to be the mixture of mysapce & facebook. Even u can download free content & share it for free. & the amazing thing is that it gained 300 member within 1 month!!!

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      martin 5 years ago

      this is utterly useless I am afraid - just the list of some sites; in what way can linkedin or twitter stand against facebook I wonder

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Twitter is very different than facebook..Facebook is very messed up ..Google plus ..I think is better choice

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      halola1999 5 years ago from cairo

      Great information' keep going' thump up

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      Bruce Chamoff 5 years ago from New York

      nakmeister, great websites you listed as Facebook alternatives! I am now following you and voted up your hub.

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      GB 5 years ago

      Really useful information...Google plus will surely become popular as it's going to be launched with various applications.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for this information; I hadn't heard of all of these before. Have you heard of Google plus? Do you think it will become popular?

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