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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 has lost its cachet.
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.
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-publicized 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 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.
If you do open an account at another social networking site, will you still keep your Facebook account?
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 on 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
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.
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.
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.
© 2011 nakmeister
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 15, 2020:
This is a cool idea for an article. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.
William Koller on March 10, 2020:
If you’re looking for a Facebook-like experience without all the Facebook-ish side effects, check out Nexklub . Nexklub still sports a bunch of the things you’ve grown accustomed to—private and public groups, newsfeeds, pages to follow, chat features, and more—and is available across the globe in 11 languages. https://nexklub.com
lianlaspinas on July 17, 2019:
Multiply will resume soon under new management
Lina on August 21, 2018:
Yea you missed soSAILize . interest based social network for sailing
leroy harris on June 22, 2018:
I never knew about this site,where have you been over the last year,i,m glad your here now.
Lyza jane on June 20, 2018:
MEWE is the social network just like Facebook, No censorship, No data collected, No trackers, and you make your own soial groups the same as FB. but are warned, may contain content that can offend you. but now forced to take down
MissCapri on May 29, 2018:
clicktrix is not a social network, it's a site for marketing...
MissCapri on May 29, 2018:
I tried Wasupcrowd, and really like the interface. The trouble is that it doesn't always display link posts. Sometimes if you post links there, it replaces them with a link to the wasupcrowd page instead. Not cool.
Timeswriter is great too, but it seems to be more for blogging.
MissCapri on May 17, 2018:
wasupcrowd.com and timeswriter.com seem to be working for me, and look very promising.
wasupcrowd on May 17, 2018:
WasUpCrowd The social network for those who are looking for a better social experience!
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WasUpCrowd the Better Social Network - Designed for you!
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Jay Andre on May 12, 2018:
I want to find a site, very similar to facebook, that people can post nude and lewd photos of whatever they want, and say whatever they want,without repercussions or reprimands of any kind whatsoever!! Basically a porn facebook!! Is there any such thing currently?
MissCapri on May 01, 2018:
Oh, FCOL not with the freaking invisocial again!
Invisocial from Global on April 30, 2018:
Post FB scandal, we have launched a more user friendly version of Invisocial and hosted on CaretoSolve.com
Here, we are encrypting all the user text data using their unique encryption key and also introducing privacy features where people cannot stalk others.
What this means is that we ourselves cannot have access to user data unless they share it with us by following us.
Even then, stuff like notes, chat messages are always out of bound and completely private and secure.
Hopefully people take to it and secure their online social sharing and messaging.
MissCapri on April 29, 2018:
Indgol.com doesn't look like a social network site to me. Just articles. Inlinx.com still requires you to enter your real and full name, and does not allow more than one account.
stasio on April 27, 2018:
If you’re feeling jittery about the recent Facebook scandal and are looking for new ways to connect and protect your information, you should act fast, and try something new. A new social site that takes your privacy very seriously is a site called inLinx.com.
InLinx has an array of privacy settings that make it easy to dodge the threat of people looking at things you don't them to see. Their "Treat as" feature give you the option to treat someone as a family or a Linx. If you choose to treat someone as a family, they can only view the posts in the group they belong in. If you decide to choose someone as a Linx, they can view both the family and Linx posts. This means you can choose what information you decide to share with your different groups.
Unlike other social media networks where you leave a trail of everything you post or say behind you, inLinx takes your privacy seriously ensuring that none of your activities with friends and families is found on search engines. There's no better time than now to try a new platform that allows you to connect and control your own private information.
MissCapri on March 28, 2018:
Same here. But the biggest challenge besides trying to find a good alternative is trying to get anyone interested. Everybody is hopelessly stuck on Facebook.
Andy Robinson on March 27, 2018:
I don't like Facebook or anything connected with Facebook but I want to fine something with social media in so I can chat with and to make friends
Johnstton on February 13, 2018:
Facebook has become a joke.they ban you for the stupiidest things.and dont even give you a chance to rebutt.they are just idiots and i hope they go soon.the quicker the better .
MissCapri on January 15, 2018:
I agree, and would like Facebook to go the way of MySpace. They were embroiled in a censorship scandal last summer, proving just how biased they really are.
Darren Morris on January 14, 2018:
I am so sick of constant bans for using words in conversations like " I have had a BITCH of a day" and getting 30 days ban for the word BITCH! Facebook has become draconian and you have more rights living under a dictatorship in an Islamic country. Their community standards are a joke, they never reply to questions and are solely finance based now. Basically if you don't want to pay we will limit what you say. I'm sure facebook is the media arm for sharia law implementation across the world., the way it restricts criticism of people harming others. I actually got another ban for reposting another news media outlets story on my page that contained the word "Penis". Nothing offensive and like I said, on another media site. Facebook is very draconian and are the world leaders at bullying anyone that uses common sense or questions their draconian antics. We seriously need a decent competitor to facebook so all of us can leave facebook once and for all and give the one finger salute to Mr Zuckerberg and his Islamic contributors that bully decent everyday people. Big brother draconian bully views that restrict freedom of speech and non offensive opinions. I for one would like to see Zuckerberg fall and wipe the smile right off his smug face. He forgets, every company has a use by date and I would like to see Facebook's sooner than later!
MissCapri on January 07, 2018:
One of the stupidest, most annoying things Facebook has done in recent years is that blasted "friendiversary"! Argh! I don't like all the re-shares.... Viral AKA meme AKA chain letter spam. Well, I used to get excited about people "adding new videos" as Facebook puts it, but then Facebook totally ruined even that with the big video meme scheme, the "friendiversary"! "Person A and Person B are celebrating x years of friendship." Those stupid videos are EVERYWHERE! *Facewall* And they are even taking over ordinary status updates now too. Memes, memes, memes. There's no original, interesting content any more, FB is all memes memes memes memes memes! Oooooh, that just makes me so mad!
Do people really not understand that nobody gives a crap who's been friends with whom for how long, and seeing these video/status memes cropping up again and again with the misleading way FB promotes them as "added" or "updated" instead of calling it a "friendiversary" is a deception on FB's part.
Warning right in the notify that it's another "friendiversary" would still cause mind-melting irritation at seeing that pop up so many times, but at least I wouldn't be clicking on it, thinking it was original content, only to find it's just another "friendiversary"!
Correctly labeling these meme posts could at least give those of us sick of the meme some way to block those kinds of notifications or at least skim right past without clicking it.
The re-sharing of year-old "memories" is annoying too, but at least that's what FB calls them in their notifications so I can just skip on past them while trying to search through the morass of memes, trying to find something somebody actually wrote themselves.
Of course, FB is the network everybody went to, and I honestly don't get why. I only signed up because everyone else I knew had gravitated to that place, and because of my own curiosity. But these friendiversaries are driving me right up the wall! I wish this meme would die in a super hot fire.
Gurudatt on January 06, 2018:
Recently we have launched a social network called ProblemExpress which offers posting of their issues and thus form a connection with other users, mentors and counselors. One important feature of ProblemExpress is when you post your problem you can select to post anonymously which means your identity is not tagged with the problem you posted. This social network is purely for sharing and addressing problems people face and not a place for gossip or idle talk and is a clean family friendly site.
Dimitar B Bojantc on January 05, 2018:
I think they committed suicide with their ridiculous new rules of banning people without any chance for recourse. Their arrogance got the best of them! A good idea that went bad in just one turn. I have been singing praises for Facebook for almost a decade now, but I believe that the love affair is over. There is a sinister side of that enterprise that reared its ugly head at me in a most blatant way and confirmed some ugly rumors – people are being blocked upon government complaints. It happened to my wife who has been a vociferous critic of the Bulgarian government. It is very clear that Facebook willingly and actively participates in censorship and blocking via pretty sophisticated means people who are stamped as “inconvenient”. There are multiple corroborating stories that Facebook has engaged in such activities and sold out to the governments of countries that are not comfortable with free speech. By that act Facebook violated the most sacred covenant of the modern society, the very foundation of which is established upon the principles of free speech. Whether for profit, or out of stupidity they have sold their soul to the devil. Zuckerberg may be a smart engineer, a genius marketer, but I have reached the sad realization that in moral standing he is no higher than a maggot. I am heavily vested on this platform having also created several large special topics forums involving many thousands of people and this will be hard to get out of, but man, I can’t stand the violation of some basic principles and will be looking for options. I also think that this is the beginning of the end for Facebook. I am tuning on to other options.
Marc Chinama on January 03, 2018:
If you're sick of Facebook then check out nap-sack.org. It has a similar look, but we want to be more. Check it out. The perfect alternative.
Also, we do not monitor your every move and if you have a problem you can reach a real person. Try that on Facebook. No way to solve an issue.
Rosemarie Wolfensberger on December 29, 2017:
I Hate FB, I am searching for an alternative, FB deserves to be put out of business, they own you once you join., and they monitor everything u do or post.
MissCapri on November 09, 2017:
Heh. Atlayo looks promising. BTW I'm getting the error msg with seen.life now too.
MissCapri on November 05, 2017:
Hmm. I haven't been to seen.life in some time, should go check it out again. There were no issues I can remember, but mostly politics stuff and very little else. I seem to be the only one interested in mangling memes no matter where I go. Everybody else just wants to re-share/spread memes. *SMH*
valdemar reis on November 05, 2017:
If I had left Facebook, I did not have a social network today, this thing of being a secure network is trickery, I am simply blocked, and yet I have never committed any crime or violated any law, simply freedom of expression is not accepted in the Seenlife, I've been on Facebook for years and posting the same thing that I posted on Seenlife, I've never been Blocked for this reason and I'm still there and I've done very well never to have disabled my account, when I try to enter my Seenlife Profile, it's always the same error, and just tell me to try later and the music is always the same, previdode from adhering to my profile, so give fame to those who do not deserve and defame Facebook.
Charlie-Walker on November 02, 2017:
Take a look at Oventy - a new social network that prioritises actually being social in the real world. Oventy is also completely advert free, and puts users in control of their own privacy.
Full disclosure: I'm the CEO and creator of Oventy, and I'm happy to discuss what we're up to, our aims and visions with anyone who's interested!
MissCapri on October 19, 2017:
Er um... Not for me, ProblemExpress. Thank you.
Gurudatt on October 18, 2017:
You can checkout ProblemExpress
MissCapri on October 17, 2017:
I'll check out Nojoto. Ning used to be great, but then they went pay and kicked everyone out who had created a social network on their platform unless they coughed up the cash. I believe you can still just be a Ning user for free, you just can't create and run your own social network without paying. Groupsites went the same way. You'd run into a 25 member limit, and then it was pay or else that was all the members your social network was allowed.
Alex Reddle from ALEXANDRIA on September 12, 2017:
Yes! I'm fed up with Facebook. I have a feeling that tries to acquire everything.
I would personally prefer creating something of my own.
https://www.ning.com/ i think the best solution to create own social network
MissCapri on September 10, 2017:
Oh FCOL! Stop with the Invisocial Invisocial Invisocial Invisocial Invisocial Invisocial already! This stupid network has been spam-promoted all over the comment section here. Aaaaargh! I get notified there's another new comment. Come here, hoping to find another network suggested, other than Invisocial again. And what do I see? "Invisocial invisocial invisi-freaking-social!" *Headdesk* I did check it out the first time seeing it mentioned here. Didn't like it for some reason. Didn't join, am not going to join no matter how many times it gets spam-posted here.......... The more it gets spam-advertised here, the more annoying, and less likely I'm going to give it another look-over. Please. Take a freaking hint!
Invisocial from Global on September 09, 2017:
There is a new social network coming that is focused on problem sharing that I am working on. Invisocial.com continues as a showcase of the encryption technology developed by me.
MissCapri on June 12, 2017:
Gah! "invisocial Invisocial" That site has been advertised and advertised - and advertised over and over on here already.
Invisocial from Global on June 11, 2017:
Check out www.secretshare.tk which offers anonymous sharing of information
Thomas Skayhan on June 07, 2017:
I am looking for an other site other than Facebook.
jwozni2 on March 13, 2017:
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..
Invisocial from Global on March 05, 2017:
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.
MissCapri on March 04, 2017:
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.
jfai on March 03, 2017:
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.
Frederick on February 27, 2017:
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?
Tammy on January 26, 2017:
Can I sign up to pinterest without using another account like facebook?
MissCapri on January 07, 2017:
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.
libbilee on December 23, 2016:
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.
Tee Abe on December 20, 2016:
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.
MissCapri on November 20, 2016:
Here's another one that looks very promising.
John on November 19, 2016:
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.
Brien on November 04, 2016:
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.
jwozni2 on October 15, 2016:
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.
MissCapri on September 23, 2016:
I left Ning when it went pay. Left group site for the same reason.
Invisocial from Global on September 23, 2016:
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
Julie on September 22, 2016:
I would hardly consider linkedin an alternative to facebook.
MissCapri on September 20, 2016:
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.
countrygirl on September 19, 2016:
Gonna try some on this list. Facebook has gotten out of hand.
It is nothing more than a dating or hook site anymore.
Invisocial from Global on August 04, 2016:
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. :-)
Invisocial from Global on August 04, 2016:
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.
Invisocial from Global on August 04, 2016:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Frank on August 03, 2016:
No luck with invisocial either, I tried too many times. If you want people to use your site, make it user friendly.
Franklin Ames on August 03, 2016:
No luck with invisocial either, tried too many times
Rad on July 29, 2016:
Don't forget Snapchat. Used daily by all my friends.
Segmadis on July 11, 2016:
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
Invisocial from Global on June 19, 2016:
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.
Kevin Martin on June 18, 2016:
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!
Kevin Martin on June 18, 2016:
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.
Joe Poniatowskis from Mid-Michigan on June 10, 2016:
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.
Invisocial from Global on June 04, 2016:
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.
LoverOfLife on June 04, 2016:
soclyfe.com is GREAT! I like it better than Facebook.
AmberP on April 11, 2016:
For me, helpmebro.com is at the top of the list!
Invisocial from Global on March 23, 2016:
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.
MissCapri on March 14, 2016:
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.
PT on March 14, 2016:
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.
Rodney from Canada on February 24, 2016:
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.
DarthBonnie on February 15, 2016:
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 .
Invisocial from Global on February 09, 2016:
I would not develop anything that is addictive.
Invisocial from Global on January 28, 2016:
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.
Stuart on January 27, 2016:
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.
Tina on January 23, 2016:
Sorry if someone else already has mentioned:
Donna S. on January 21, 2016:
Another social media site is Iceland's alternative ... seen.is
J337 on January 05, 2016:
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?
jane on November 26, 2015:
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
Danny on November 16, 2015:
My life is soooooo much better without any social media!
Invisocial from Global on November 16, 2015:
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.
The Friendly Web Guy from Atlanta, Georgia on November 12, 2015:
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!
charlie on November 11, 2015:
Next Generation Social Network, Is it Friendscroll.tk
Does Friendscroll.tk is the real alternative to Facebook ?
I am astonished by seeing Friendscroll, it was actually recommended by one of my friend.
Invisocial from Global on October 15, 2015:
Invisocial is another social network worth checking it out.
Sneha Girap on July 16, 2015:
Awesome information i would also like to suggest http://alchetron.com which is a social encyclopedia
remy delaruppel on June 11, 2015:
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!
Springfieldhost from Springfield, Illinois on April 18, 2015:
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/
Hezekiah from Japan on April 17, 2015:
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.
Cici on April 10, 2015:
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!
Jesse H on March 14, 2015:
It s called: Pass It On, that's a social media app for your phone, comes out march 25th 2015.
damiantof7 on March 01, 2015:
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
Mac on February 23, 2015:
MeWe.com, they promise they don't sell your data
peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 06, 2015:
I use both facebook and tsu but tsu gives you money
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on February 06, 2015:
Very interesting and informative. Hence I share it here and on FB. Thank you for this post.
TTGReviews on January 26, 2015:
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?
Bosse on January 24, 2015:
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.
grandaddy-O on January 21, 2015:
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.