For all the complaints that surround it, Facebook is certainly the king of social media. If you want to connect with the most people and keep up to date on what’s going on with friends, colleagues and others, Facebook is simply the only option because its reach is so much bigger than anything else out there. That said, there are some great alternatives to the king of social media. These other social media outlets can allow you to connect with like-minded people, as well as offering you more control and different features than Facebook. If you want to add another site to your social media arsenal or simply want something that will allow you to unplug from Facebook altogether but still stay in the world of social media, here are some great options.
Diaspora* is a new social network that is still being perfected, but has already generated a lot of buzz. Because it is run by open source software and developed on a volunteer basis, Diaspora* doesn’t have the corporatized feel that Facebook is now known for. Users are able to set up “pods” where they can post information and network with others. Reportedly, users will be able to port content from their other social media accounts to their Diaspora* pods. The problem with Diaspora* is that it is still in the testing and development stages, so there may be some kinks to work out before it becomes a viable replacement for Facebook.
Friendica is competing with Diaspora* to become the main alternative to Facebook. Most social media mavens will feel that Friendica is more user-friendly than Diaspora*. The main site offers in-depth tutorials on how to get the most out of the site, while there are numerous themes and plug-ins available for users who want to personalize their Friendica space. Like Diaspora*, Friendica allows you to migrate content from your other social media sites quite easily.
Not all social media sites feel like direct stand-ins for Facebook. Pinterest, for example, is a much-buzzed-about site that has some interesting interactive and social features. Basically, users post photos and snippets to different boards that they are interested in. In a sense, users are recommending something (a story, a deal, and photo) to the other Pinterest participants who read that particular board. Friends can see what you have posted. Many people who spend a lot of time on social media have already given Pinterest a try, and the hope is that the site will eventually have a few more features that can make it a more complete social media experience.
Tumblr has become the bad-boy of social media. It is part social network, part blogging platform and part photo-sharing site. It is usually referred to as a more-muscular version of micro-blogging sites like Twitter, but it is used by a number of people as their main form of social networking. Users can follow other users’ accounts, like individual posts and photos, and personalize their own pages with plug-ins and themes. In the case of Tumbler, it is not so much a question of what the site can do. The attractiveness has more to do with the community that has decided that this is their social media tool of choice.
Tagged was originally launched when Facebook first hit the net. It has not enjoyed the same amount of success, but is certainly an interesting option that has stood the test of time. With more than 300 million users, it is a viable alternative for those who want a social network that is already developed and has plenty of features that can also be found on Facebook. On tagged, you can play games and post pictures and messages, as well as chat live with friends.