The #DeleteFacebook has been gathering steam even as we speak. Now even Elon Musk of Tesla has joined the #DeleteFacebook bandwagon by deleting Facebook pages of Tesla, Hyperloop and other Musk products. The repercussions of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal are even felt in India where the matter was put on record in the Parliament though there was no discussion on it.
While everybody is aware of Facebook’s relentless data collection drives and ways to make the profit, the Cambridge Analytica scandal has put forth a new dimension to the data breach. Using user data for making opinions in a favor or against an elected representative. This is perhaps the first time a social networking website has reached our bedrooms by making us decide who will be the next president/prime minister.
This revelation has forced many users to raise questions and look for Facebook alternatives. In this article, we look at top 5 alternatives to Facebook, some of which may be unknown to you.
Top 5 best alternatives to Facebook
The hacker group Anonymous had realised it years ago that Facebook was selling data to the highest bidder and authorities. Ello thus came into being. It was taunted as the next big thing to hit the Internet. Soon it was able to capture the imagination of the venture capitalists who poured in $$$ for Ello funding. It gained popularity in the US where it is called the Facebook killer. But outside of the United States, nobody knows or uses Ello. Now that Zuckerberg’s service is facing flak, Ello is again gaining some popularity. Primarily focused on artists and creative people, Ello is also ad-free. Though it has mentioned it in its ToS, Ello has so far refrained 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.
Available for Desktop, iOS, and Android
In early 2000s Digg is where all the Internet loving public used to be. Digg is considered a great source of getting your daily dose of news and events. Not long ago, going viral on Digg could mean that the website would face a sure shot outage. Thus was the popularity of Digg.
Digg stands out among them due to its interesting curation process. From various media outlets, it provides the most important stories and videos. You can use it even without creating an account.
Available for Desktop, Android smartphones and iPhone
Vero is a comparative newcomer to the social networking world. Vero functions entirely on a different revenue model. Instead of the run of the mill selling user data for profit, Vero uses subscription based model which is much safer if data privacy is your chief concern. Having subscription model also means that it doesn’t show ads and collect data for the same. This fast-growing social media network is available only for iPhone and Android smartphones. Do remember, 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.
Available for Android smartphone and iPhone
Mastodon appeared in 2016 when it was touted to be a Twitter and Facebook killer. Mastodon differs entirely from Facebook and Twitter as it functions much like Tor’s onion layer network. 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.
Available for Desktop, Android smartphones and iPhone.
Developed by a former Yahoo executive, Raftr was conceived as a no nonsense Facebook competitor. It works by connecting you to the communities of people who share similar interests. As you sign up, it gives you two options: find out what’s going on in the real world or connect with people at your college.
On the privacy front, Raftr does collect some data to build your profile. However, it doesn’t share any personally identifiable information with third parties. Overall, it’s a great option to follow your interests and what’s relevant happening around the world.
Available for desktop, iPhone and Android smartphones.