Alternatives to Facebook

June 10, 2011, By Christian Cawley

It seems that everyone has a Facebook account these days, and those that don’t are cueing up to join the popular social networking site, where people can share photos, movie clips and web links, leave messages for friends and family and make observations about their lives.

However, privacy issues have led to some people abandoning the service in favour of other, less demanding alternatives. Similarly, many people that have found their personal social lives cast adrift by addiction to online communication have turned their backs on social networking, believing it to be a flawed and slightly obsessive experience.

Security issues have prompted many users to find an alternative to Facebook

It doesn’t have to be this way, however. Although Facebook is a giant, and one of the most visited services on the web, there are various alternatives.


While mainly a micro-blogging service, Twitter is in the process of being upgraded into a more rounded experience, one where audio and video clips can be viewed without leaving the main website. Used for some time as a means by which users can leave their opinions about various subjects and link to other websites by means of URL shortening services such as, there is also more of a focus on followers and retweeting the comments of people you follow, all of which contributes to a thriving network.


A service which started out as a close competitor to Facebook but which has never really recovered from the massive PR campaign that took Facebook to the top of the social networking tree is Featuring games, chat, photo sharing and customizable user profiles, Bebo is the service MySpace would have been if it had been launched later. Some say that Bebo is in decline, and while that might be true there are still plenty of users on there that choose it as a functional alternative.


Finding a focus away from crazy videos and celeb-focussed weblinks, LinkedIn is a social network for professionals, where the idea is to provide a profile, reach out to colleagues and clients and generally market yourself. If Facebook is “social networking” then LinkedIn is basically the online version of old-fashioned, networking, the means of self-marketing yourself to attract work and projects, remaining on your contact’s horizon at all times.


If your needs are greater than the standard Facebook page or group offer, then might be the social service for you. SocialGo is designed to let users create their own socially-focussed website within minutes, and is currently used by various big businesses to create a social networking hub that can be linked to and promoted from other services (including Facebook).

As you can see, if you have any privacy concerns about Facebook or simply want an exit strategy but wish to remain socially active online, then these services are all great alternatives that you should consider.

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