What is the next new social media platform? Who is the next Facebook or Twitter? The answer most likely is no one. New and powerful social media sites are coming on the scene with a new user-centered approach that can be broken down into two categories:
- Focused Driven or Niche. Platforms that connect individuals in a certain cohort around a specific notion or cause.
- Decentralized and Data-less. Networks that may have mass appeal but either do not have centralized hosting and/or don’t focus on individual’s data collection.
Given this criterion, here are five new(er) social media platforms that are worth checking out:
Alternative to: Instagram
Vero is the main contender to the digital media sharing behemoth known only as Instagram. This app allows for easy sharing of movies, TV, music, books, places, photos, and links. This opens up the “collection” to help build a better profile of the individual. It is an excellent tool for artists who want to release their own art and share it with others. Also, there are no ads on Vero. Only content. And speaking of content, you can set who you share your content with through four options: close friend, friend, acquaintance, and followers. This opens up our virtual socializing in a way that mirrors real life privacy. I believe this is a simple but sweet improvement that will bring Vero a solid customer base.
Alternative to change.org
RallyCall.io provides free online petition, activism, and campaign tools for people and organizations around the World to create change. RallyCall uses the power of the internet and the power of people to create change and have a social impact for issues big and small.
RallyCall gives anyone the ability to create a petition to support their cause and bring together hundreds or thousands of others locally or from around the world to create real change and have a powerful impact.
- One Click Signatures
- Media Rich Campaign Builder/Editor (Video, Picture, Embedding)
- Direct Messaging
- Quick Share
- Quick Updates
Alternative to Reddit
Steemit is a blockchain-based blogging and social media website, which rewards its users with the cryptocurrency STEEM for publishing and curating content. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steemit
Founded in July 2016, Steemit was an early blockchain project that showed promise and, with more than a million registered users, it has been one of the most successful in terms of adoption. The premise is a Reddit-like space that is supposedly decentralized — so not subject to removals — and where users are compensated in tokens for creating or curating popular content.
Alternative to SnapChat
FaceCast is a popular global live video Community with young people’s favorite short videos, live broadcasts and random matching video chats, creating a new “video social” era. FaceCast is being used by users in more than 150 countries around the world.
Alternative to Facebook
Mastodon is a free and open-source self-hosted social networking service. It allows anyone to host their own server node in the network, and its various separately operated user bases are federated across many different servers. These servers are connected as a federated social network, allowing users from different servers to interact with each other seamlessly. Mastodon is a part of the wider Fediverse, allowing its users to also interact with users on different open platforms that support the same protocol, such as PeerTube and Friendica.
Mastodon has microblogging features similar to Twitter, or Weibo, although it is distinct from them, and unlike a typical software as a service platform, it is not centrally hosted. Each user is a member of a specific, independently operated server. Users post (by default) short messages called “toots” for others to see, and can adjust each of their post’s privacy settings. The specific privacy options may vary between sites, but typically include direct messaging, followers only, public but not listed in the public feed, and public and posted to the public feed. The Mastodon mascot is a brown or grey woolly mammoth, sometimes depicted using a tablet or smartphone.
While some of these platforms are specific and provide a certain function to groups, others provide great new social media alternatives to already popular social media use cases.
Please share you experiences with any of these platforms and share any new social media sites that are up and coming we should know about.
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