Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Facebook Alternatives

Facebook's not the only game in town.  Some people want the social, but not the deluge of crap from everywhere and everyone.  It's like living in a house where every telemarketer has your address.  So, some clever folks are working on alternatives.  Among these are two that I know.

One is Ello.  No ads.  Their manifesto is here:

Ello Manifesto

Your social network is owned by advertisers.
Every post you share, every friend you make, and every link you follow is tracked, recorded, and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity, and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.
We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life.
You are not a product.
Another site is Tsu.  Here's their version:
We believe in quality content, real ownership, and the value of one's own network.
  • As a free social platform, we recognize members for their likeness, image and content by sharing earned revenues.
  • Create content, interact with your community, and invite your friends and followers to join what is now your personal network.
  • As a content creator, you'll earn fair value for all the social things you normally do.

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