6 Alternatives to Facebook

Posted on May 20th 2010

With the entire internet attacking Mark Zuckerberg and the folks at Facebook for their extreme approach to Privacy (or the lack thereof,) many influencers including Leo Laporte have deleted their Facebook accounts in protest. With that being the case — the concept of an alternative to Facebook has been brought to the forefront of the tech industry's buzz. Here are a few of the interesting alternatives to Facebook that can help you connect even if you do decide to oust Facebook from your daily routine:

Diaspora*

Diaspora aims to be a distributed network, where totally separate computers connect to each other directly, will let us connect without surrendering our privacy. We call these computers ‘seeds'. A seed is owned by you, hosted by you, or on a rented server. Once it has been set up, the seed will aggregate all of your information: your facebook profile, tweets, anything. We are designing an easily extendable plugin framework for Diaspora, so that whenever newfangled content gets invented, it will be automagically integrated into every seed.

TrustWorks

TrustWorks is a software company that enables private conversations within enterprise and social networks.  When a user needs assistance on any personal or business matter, the system sends a confidential message to one member of the community who has the relevant knowledge.  This contrasts the “news feed” model of Facebook, where users read as much or as little as they choose; it also contrasts the “email to all” model of LinkedIn Answers, which sends questions to many people.  For matters that are too sensitive to broadcast, or which require immediate responses, one-on-one communications get a faster and safer response.

“The more people we know, the less we know about each one,” says founder Aaron Sylvan, “so TrustWorks solves the problem of finding who to ask.”  Users ask questions about travel destinations, personal health problems, recommendations and referrals, as well as serious business questions.  A confidential database allows the system to find which friend, classmate, or co-worker has experience with Venezuela or cancer or knows a great babysitter.  Users provide their information on an opt-in basis, and questions can be asked or answered anonymously, by email or SMS.

webNetwork

webNetwork lets anyone start their own social networking community site with profiles, pictures, videos, music, events, and more. The software is fully template based, so you can change the look and feel of the site to make it stand out from others. It runs on your own server (which can be provided by Web Scribble), meaning you own that data, and no one else!

A social network can be your primary site, or part of your existing site. If already have a site and you'd like to add some interactive and community based features, adding a social aspect using webNetwork is a great way to do it. As with all Web Scribble products, updates and support are free for a year.

Snabbo

SNABBO is a free-to-use social networking website created expressly for the Baby Boomer generation. The name “Snabbo” is an acronym for Social Network Allowing Baby Boomers Only. Driven by nostalgia for the “good old days”, members are encouraged to use a photograph taken any time during the 1940's through the 1980's as their Profile page picture. The more information members provide about their past, the more likely someone can rediscover them. A member may list other names they have been known as during their lifetime. For example, you might have been known as Margaret Smith in elementary school, Maggie Smith in high school, Tootsie Smith in college and finally Meg Eldringhoff when you got married. Members are also able to list (with corresponding years) towns they grew up in, schools they attended, companies they have worked for, military service and organizations they have joined. Snabbo's “Find Friends” feature is able to successfully search for a person even if all you can remember is their nickname when you knew them in elementary school.

Statistics indicate that Baby Boomers are the fastest growing online population, so much so that the phenomenon is referred to as the “silver tsunami”. However, this demographic may be more reluctant, than their younger Facebook counterparts, to post personal information on the Internet. In order to address the privacy concerns of their members, Snabbo became a licensee of the TRUSTe Privacy Program. Snabbo also states clearly in their privacy policy that they will never share personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes. Finally, Snabbo offers members opportunities to explore a wide variety of shared interests through features like Groups, Blogs and Discussions. Snabbo has an easy-to-use Photo Album that can help members create, organize and share pictures. All in all, Snabbo provides a Boomer-friendly exposure to what might be a first time online social networking experience.

SocialGo

SocialGO.com is a do-it-yourself platform that enables anyone to quickly and easily create a fully functioning online social network, with features and functionality similar to Facebook or Myspace.  With SocialGO you are your own network and are not simply populating a master network (Facebook). With this set-up comes complete data ownership & control—including content and network API, which is becoming a hot button issue in the social networking industry. By customers owning their own platforms there is the distinct advantage of being able to customize a network with HTML, Javascript Flash and other source code anywhere in the network. With this control of the network comes the ability to monetize content, completely white-label a network, and control the advertising banner.  With the SocialGO platform an organization or business can integrate social networking features (like video chat or instant messaging) into an already existing web-site. Although there is an entry-level free network option, SocialGO's premium user created network is priced for everyone at $25/month.

JackTheDonkey

JackTheDonkey.com is a free social network where users can ‘give a poop' about charities and causes…simply by sharing content with others. Have a picture or “deep thought” you think other people might enjoy seeing? Please put it on JackTheDonkey.com, the community where being “social” makes 1.1 cents every page impression for your choice of more than 20 charities from Canada,  The US and UK.  Some people call it Facebook with a conscience. The members of our community call it giving a poop freely, regularly and socially for the charity of your choice.

Added to the JackTheDonkey.com community in May 2010, “iGiveapoop” provides unsigned musicians with the opportunity to directly better the world as well. 
 
In my honest opinion — I'm sticking with Facebook, since a) I don't feel like my privacy is at risk, and b) I don't think my information is important enough to have to be top secret.

 

Comments

Posted on October 18th 2010 at 5:27PM

I don't think my information is important enough to have to be top secret.<-- Then you must not have anything of interest to say - or maybe you don't realize how much we're being penalized for speaking our minds these days.  People are fired or refused a job all the time because an employer doesn't like the person's religious or political views. I have my settings set to friends-only but if I can't even trust it will be friends-only then I think it's time to at least look at these other options. I'm just not the sort of person who is content to post pictures of my cat and shut up about what's going on in the world.

Posted on January 18th 2011 at 1:18PM

Another problem is that Facebook makes it too easy for someone to harass you, and fraudulently get your account disabled.  Example: If you post on topics such as human rights, environment, or something else which certain political groups don't like, a band of them can get together and flag your posts as objectionable.  Facebook then disables your account automatically, and it can take months to get it re-enabled -- if at all.  And you're never told what the objectionable posting was.

Posted on January 27th 2011 at 6:44PM

Fact is that posting any policitical opinon on Facebook that fails to conform with Fox News editors of corporate terror sponsors, funders and advocates will be flagged. Free speech is thusly immediately eliminated by Goldman Sachs and Likud   who operate US media and monitor media for targeting worldwide using NSA-CIA and FBI taxpayer funds.. Corproations pay Faacebook, Tahoo and all other media "flaggers"  whose job is attacking and eliminating any speech not in agreement with the GOP-Dem-Fox-Tea Party of corproate sposored worldwide terrorism.

This is not conjecture, nor "conspiracy theory" rather a specific operating procedure.

Such factual comments as mine above entail that I am upgraded as target for enhanced US deficit taxpaid surveilllance and of course the eleimination of all of my comments speaking that truth. Mere facts.

Of course Teaparty and GOP online targeting and murder cults calling for anyones murder with successful proven results is guarded and preserved. Online right wing terrorismis maintained and safeguarded by the identical US taxpaid surveillance and terrorism encouragement system,. Of course that means GOP Tea Party terrroists speak, incite and commit terrorism including murder with impunity. None of the corporate incitements to terrorism can thrive without right-wing US agencies NSA-CIA and FBI who tacitly ensure success of uniinbited online terror communication systems, web pages and chat groups. Daily observe Fox News and CNN feature their reasonable "experts" call for terrorism openly against the elected Dem Progressive representatives...the Tea Party ofTerror-Fox-CNN Corp..

Posted on January 30th 2011 at 3:55AM

Ya my face book comments on such sites as BBC and other show that they posted on the account that posted but if i check from another face book account the comment is not there. I have been touching of politics and world veiws nothing that should have any kind of censership. I noticed the censorship is triggered by key words or even things posted in the past.

Posted on February 5th 2011 at 3:11PM

folkdirect.com is making waves in the social networking ocean too - I've been on there for 6months after defecting from Facebook finally. All my friends are there too. Everything is hosted in-house so no third-parties get your info nor are any companies able to set-up apps to scam you. It's a safe place to hang out.

Posted on February 22nd 2011 at 3:37PM

My account was disabled for discussing how objectional child molestors were.  A "friend" who is gay said that "pervy old men" was code for homosexuals and got a group of people to flag my profile.  I submitted a request for reinstatement 5 days ago and I haven't even recieved a response.

Posted on March 22nd 2011 at 10:41AM

Another alternative that me and my friends left fb for is fuzzyorb.

its a simple site, but it does what we want and we like it.

sam

Posted on May 5th 2011 at 5:01AM

Facebook disabled my account and said the following:

Upon investigation, we have determined that you are ineligible to use Facebook. Unfortunately, for safety and security reasons, we cannot provide additional information as to why your account was disabled. This decision is final.

I went back and forth with them in email, and a douchebag who calls him/herself Arwen insisted that I scan a copy of my government-issued ID where I clearly cannot produce due to security concerns. Facebook failed to understand that I am currently being hunted by the police, Islamic authorities, and other Muslims and I suspect my internet usage is being monitored too. My crime: for leaving Islam, speaking my mind about Islam (criticizing the life of prophet Muhammad and the teachings of Al-Quran and Al-Sunnah), and supporting others in like-situation for leaving Islam and wanting to be safe in such threatening Islamic environment...

And here Facebook thinks that when a mass cyberjihad is being conducted against me by Muslim users of Facebook, I am the criminal here, when clearly my blood is halal to be slaughtered by Muslims. Ever since there have been hate groups that mushrooms out throughout Facebook against me, calls for the beheading of me and others who criticize Islam, to kill me, etc. which Facebook failed to remove.

It is so frustrating to use Facebook these days. Every status update I made has been mass-reported by Muslims who have been monitoring me to silence me out of existence from saying anything about Islam.

In my previous Facebook account that was disabled, I took pictured of my government-issued ID that clearly shows my religion (Islam) and I blacked out my full name and security ID code and Facebook found that to be insufficient. Ugh. I am just venting here.

I am actually looking alternatives to Facebook where I can continue to further this cause to protect apostates of Islam in my country while at the same time fight for freedom of religion and freedom of expression in Malaysia.

Posted on May 5th 2011 at 5:03AM

Facebook disabled my account and said the following:

Upon investigation, we have determined that you are ineligible to use Facebook. Unfortunately, for safety and security reasons, we cannot provide additional information as to why your account was disabled. This decision is final.

I went back and forth with them in email, and a douchebag who calls him/herself Arwen insisted that I scan a copy of my government-issued ID where I clearly cannot produce due to security concerns. Facebook failed to understand that I am currently being hunted by the police, Islamic authorities, and other Muslims and I suspect my internet usage is being monitored too. My crime: for leaving Islam, speaking my mind about Islam (criticizing the life of prophet Muhammad and the teachings of Al-Quran and Al-Sunnah), and supporting others in like-situation for leaving Islam and wanting to be safe in such threatening Islamic environment...

And here Facebook thinks that when a mass cyberjihad is being conducted against me by Muslim users of Facebook, I am the criminal here, when clearly my blood is halal to be slaughtered by Muslims. Ever since there have been hate groups that mushrooms out throughout Facebook against me, calls for the beheading of me and others who criticize Islam, to kill me, etc. which Facebook failed to remove.

It is so frustrating to use Facebook these days. Every status update I made has been mass-reported by Muslims who have been monitoring me to silence me out of existence from saying anything about Islam.

In my previous Facebook account that was disabled, I took pictured of my government-issued ID that clearly shows my religion (Islam) and I blacked out my full name and security ID code and Facebook found that to be insufficient. Ugh. I am just venting here.

I am actually looking alternatives to Facebook where I can continue to further this cause to protect apostates of Islam in my country while at the same time fight for freedom of religion and freedom of expression in Malaysia.

Posted on May 20th 2011 at 4:40AM

My main issue is with the facebook group and feed settings.  I'm an author and I have around 5,000 friends on there.  But with the new feed settings only about 250 people see my updates.  So it's odd that facebook is making it more difficult for people to stay in touch with each other.  Also on the group settings if you took the time to amass a large group which is a great way to keep people updated about your work, it's going away in the next few months and you have to start again from scratch. 

 

The entire reason why facebook was appealing was that it let small authors keep in touch with their audience and use their tools to tell people about their work.  We can't afford to advertise on facebook.  But everything that was initially appealing about facebook is now being taken away as they try to milk every last advertising dollar.  I'm fed up with it and want to move over to something else that let's me keep in touch with my audience.

Posted on May 24th 2011 at 5:21PM
Another alternative to Faceboo is www.zuppon.com
Posted on June 3rd 2011 at 9:33PM

Hi everyone, have a look at : www.pagecoop.com It is a new private social media. The concept is to create different groups and have fun personalizing each group and creating a different profile for each group. I think it is great : I created it :-) Thanks. Antonin

Posted on June 3rd 2011 at 9:52PM

It would be nice to see Necter (www.necter.me) listed here.  It's relatively new, and has only been out of beta for a month, but already it's gaining a userbase.  I would consider it a solid Facebook alternative.

Posted on June 3rd 2011 at 10:02PM

Necter is quickly becoming a solid alternative to Facebook! It is currently is beta testing. check it out www.necter.me

Posted on June 20th 2011 at 11:32PM

I'm still with fuzzyorb.com after a year and loving it!

Posted on July 23rd 2011 at 3:03AM

Enukee.com just launched a new website last week. Looks promising if they can get the members. They state in their terms of use that their number one concern when starting was for member privacy. They don't claim to own everything posted on their site and don't sell you personal info.

Posted on September 9th 2011 at 8:57PM

I just started a new alternative site called blogurp.com. I am a real person, a musician, zaddick.com, and a web designer, zaddick.net. I hate people prying into my business where I don't want them to be, so, blogurp.com is my answer.

Posted on October 4th 2011 at 2:34PM

You may also want to add that http://www.netterland.com is also another alternative to facebook. if you like the old myspace, you'll like NL too :)

Brad Seraphin
Posted on December 5th 2011 at 9:12PM

I just joined the Social Media today group on Linkedin. I want to recommend a great blog post on the topic of Facebook Alternatives: http://blog.altly.com/2011/05/the-need-for-an-alternative-to-facebook/

Also, in an effort of transparency, I should mention that I work for the recently launched Anybeat.com ( http://mashable.com/2011/11/21/anybeat-social-network-taboo/ )

TalentComMedia
Posted on December 12th 2012 at 6:53PM

TalentCom Media is another alternative to Facebook. It allows members to publish to Facebook and Twitter direct from it's social networking site. Share photos, videos, status, links, news, events, auditions and much more. http://www.socialnetworkingsite.biz

wel809
Posted on January 2nd 2013 at 3:50PM

check out exploringtree.com . simple cool start-up social networking website.

eichcj
Posted on February 7th 2013 at 3:24PM

I am getting tired of the spam in my wall - ads that I don't want to be affiliated with.  I also don't care for the restrictions that are placed on users...banning and dropping users for little justification.  I am trying a new social networking site that so far seems pretty good.  They are trying to censor material like nudity and language...trying to keep it "G" rated.  They have some of the same features and even Skype integrated.  So hopefully they will continue to grow.  They support uploading of your videos from your mobile device like youtube.  That's kinda cool so I can shoot and upload a video right from my HTC Android phone.

Check 'em out www.friendoozle.com

SuffolkJason
Posted on March 11th 2013 at 6:51AM

Zurker has the right founding principles for a social media network-

  • Owned by its members
  • Open (every cent of income and spend online)
  • Democratic
  • Freedom of speech (no censorship - check policy here)
  • Transparent and easy to use privacy policy
  • Over 18's only

At the moment, Zurker's in beta - here's an invite

Aryan Shroff
Posted on December 9th 2013 at 7:50AM

Have you checked out http://www.vebbler.com? Has a brilliant UI and is clutter-free and privacy-aware. Here's the promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slWQdNZzNQI Check it out :)

Shivram Shenoy
Posted on January 24th 2014 at 10:47AM

After the NSA story broke out, I started taking steps to protect my privacy. First i checked out of Facebook, Gmail and Linkedin that I was using most often.

For email i switched over to unseen.is and for social networking I created my own wooiswoo.com