Best Facebook Alternatives

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Social networks have redefined our lives since their advent nearly a decade ago, and from then on, we were never the same on the internet. The picture that jumps to notice in our minds, when we talk of a social networking website, is undoubtedly Facebook. There are over a billion members to it and it was also funnily analyzed as the third highly populated continent in the world.  When time goes by, the mainstream social sites like Facebook, Myspace (Recently revamped) and etc may turn boring, and there were always times when many people wished to have new kinds of social places on the internet that would offer them a little detour from the regular ones.

It is also necessary in the current lifestyle to know more about the ways to socialize with people, because social networking is no more only about good pastime. It is recently becoming a source for employers to find out those skills, qualities and best interests, in a person, that doesn’t usually show up in the corporate offices or job interviews, thus helping them to find the right candidate for a job. Especially this trend is very prominent for online artists, who exhibit their artistic skills on the internet and earn well from it, all through the social media interaction.

 Vero

The subscriber usage data is the bread and butter of social networks like Facebook. Vero is an option in this case as it’s based on the subscription model; so, it doesn’t show ads and collect data for the same. This fast-growing social media alternative is only app-based. They do collect your usage stats but make it available to you only to monitor how often you use the service. However, this option is turned off by default.

It calls itself a social network for people who love anything enough to share it and want to have a better control over what they share. Due to heavy rate of new signups, this social app has extended its “free for life” offer for the first million users. It already has a good number of artists and a polished interface.

 Minds

Minds was launched in 2015 having millions of registered users. It is open-source, community-driven. privacy-oriented and decentralized social media platform. Minds allow users to create original content and earn rewards in cryptocurrency.

Minds features are similar to Facebook – timelines, profiles, media, messages, groups and more. It is encrypted end-to-end, free and open-source with no any censorship. Users need to decide whether a news is fake or real, no need for an algorithm like that of Facebook.

 Diaspora

Diaspora is a non-profit, user-owned social network which is based on open-source Diaspora Software. Diaspora is decentralized which means it has different access points. The users will have to choose “pod” on which they want their information to be stored and set up an Account. Users have the right to control the things which they want to share with their family, friends or colleagues. It has features like hashtags, mentions, reshare which are similar to that of Facebook and Twitter.

Diaspora supports cross-posting to other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr account.

Mastodon

Last year, Mastodon made splashes as an open source Twitter competitor but you can also use it as a Facebook alternative. Apart from all the differences in terms of privacy, character length, what really sets Mastodon apart is the “instance” feature. You can think of the service as a series of connected nodes (instances) and your account belongs to a particular instance.

The whole interface is divided into 4 card-like columns. If you use this service as an alternative to Facebook, it might seem confusing but you might get a hang of it with time. Mastodon.social is the most popular instance, so you can start with it.

Web version available, multiple iOS and Android apps thanks to developer-friendly API

Sociall.io


Sociall is a decentralized blockchain social network and a secure alternative to Facebook. The social networking site offers encrypted data and enhanced user privacy. Sociall does not store any user data and it also discourages search engines to view user profiles or show them in search results. It lets users purchase goods and products from its own cryptocurrency called SLC and also offers a decentralized wallet to store SLC.

Sociall is currently in beta stage.

Ello


Ello first gained popularity in the US about 3 years ago when it posed itself as a Facebook killer social network. This happened due to Facebook’s policy of forcing the members to use their legal name. Since then, it had made headlines on different occasions due to different reasons. Now that Zuckerberg’s service is facing flak, Ello is again gaining some traction. Primarily focused on artists and creative people, Ello is also ad-free. It also refrains itself from selling the information about the users to third parties. By being a niche website, Ello continues to attract users and establishing as a creators network.

Steemit

Steemit also appeared on our list of open source alternatives to Reddit. This website could be seen as a combination of Quora and Reddit. You can publish your posts on Steemit and based on the upvotes, you receive Steem crypto tokens. To cryptocurrency and open source enthusiasts, this website might seem better than Facebook.

Steemit claims to record about 10 million visits per month. The growth of Steemit has been organic and the users are sticking with it due to the compensation they are receiving in return for their time. Even if you don’t post content on your own, you can use it as a news aggregator and get involved in conversations.

These are some of the best Facebook alternative sites according to us, and we're sure you must be having your own list of similar sites. Do share  your list of alternative sites to Facebook, and let us discover more interesting social-networking sites. Meanwhile you might like to read following articles too:

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