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 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 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.
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 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.
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.