External companies are also looking at reining in the data that Facebook has access to. Mozilla, which makes the Firefox web browser, has just launched a Facebook Container Extension (a downloadable plug-in) that prevents Facebook from tracking you across other websites. Other plug-ins, such as Ghostery for Google’s Chrome browser (also available for other browsers) and Facebook Disconnect 2016, offer their own tracker-blocking features.
If you primarily use social networks for getting your daily dose of news, you have tons of options at your disposal. Digg, Flipboard, Feedly, Google News, Apple News, etc., are great options. Digg stands out among them due to its interesting curation process. From various media outlets, it provides the most important stories and videos. It’s a thumbs-up-based website and you can use it even without creating an account.
MeWe’s Alexa ranking is lower than Steemit’s, coming in at 28,506 globally and 7,300 in the U.S. But it’s definitely growing in interest. David Westreich from MeWe shared some interesting statistics about the site with Heavy. MeWe currently has more than 70,000 groups, and it’s available on iOS, Android, and Desktop in eight languages. MeWe is currently the number 6 trending app in the Google Play Store. Its global appeal is seen in that it ranked number one as the most downloaded app in Saudi Arabia last month.
There’s always a risk that a network turns into a home solely for niche sites, alienating folks who are simply looking for a new home – the experiment that was (and still is) SecondLife springs to mind. Most detractors of decentralized networks say that they’re too niche, and maybe a bit too nerdy, to ever catch on enough to supplant something like Facebook. Really though, only time will tell.
Snapchat will be hoping to pick up some Facebook refuseniks in the coming weeks, especially since a recent (controversial) redesign of its app to make it less confusing for new users. Last year saw plenty of speculation that Snapchat was losing customers to Instagram in particular, although for the moment there is no sense yet that the flow is reversing following the Cambridge Analytica revelations.
The app supports 14 different filters, 15 photo borders, and operates a social stream much like Twitter where you can @-reply other users and follow # hashtags to see photos of specific places, topics, or events. You even get the missing-from-Instagram tilt-shift option for your shots, in rectangular, elliptical, circular, and parallel varieties. Finally, you can also edit your photos—crop them, rotate them, edit the contrast or color balance, whatever you choose. It's also available for both Android and IOS, and with the number of features it's packed with, it's surprising it's not more popular than Instagram.
Instagram's real appeal is the closed nature of its product—the fact that it's walled off by default, with no open browsing of user photos by just anyone, and before its Android release, built a brand off of being iPhone only, private, and that thing that a select few used to take photos on their phone and then, for fear that no one would see it, pushed it over to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, or anywhere else that people actually hang out. Aside from design and marketing, there's little that makes the app special to this writer. (Your view may differ, and if so, that's cool. You should use Instagram!)
But regardless of whether you’re using Twitter, Instagram, or Google+: Awareness and consideration about privacy and data protection are also important factors in choosing to use any of the other social media giants. One common complaint targeted specifically at Facebook is that that Facebook Newsfeed algorithms decide exactly what you do and don’t see. Another problem is personalized advertising, which is of course only possible through accessing and interpreting personal user data. As you can see: the list of criticisms for the social network market leader is long. So it’s good news that there are a few other alternatives to Facebook on the market. Some of these Facebook alternatives are more conservative, offer less advertising, others offer improved data protection, and some even offer extended functions and features that aren’t currently available for Facebook customers.

The best replacement is a password manager, which can store your credentials for every site you use in one place. It can also generate a new, secure password every time you sign up for a new website or service. Here's an in-depth guide to choosing the best password manager for you and why you should be using one. Our two favorite picks are 1Password and LastPass.


Before Snapseed there was Camera+. Its photoediting features are a lot better than Instagram’s, and even though it’s not as fully featured as Snapseed, you might like it more because it’s cheaper and bit easier to use. Other than the great filters provided, the best thing about Camera+ is the ability to capture photos by setting the exposure at a different point than the focus (something most camera apps don’t let you do). For only $0.99 Camera+ might be the most cost effective Instagram alternative.

The biggest problem with Plurk is its lack of growth. The service still lacks some quality of life features and makes it difficult to do things like search and manage multiple conversations. This means that Plurk is widely used by long-time users. Since many of those long-time users are based in Taiwan and Asia, you might feel like a stranger in a strange land.
And if all else fails, there is always the option to revisit old social haunts. Myspace still exists, albeit as a mish-mash of pop-culture news and dormant profiles of friends who have not logged in since its relaunch in 2012. However, the fact that the opportunity to mine user data for advertisers was one of the reasons cited by media giant Time Inc when it bought Myspace in 2016, perhaps it is best not to rush to revive your Top Friends list just yet.
And if all else fails, there is always the option to revisit old social haunts. Myspace still exists, albeit as a mish-mash of pop-culture news and dormant profiles of friends who have not logged in since its relaunch in 2012. However, the fact that the opportunity to mine user data for advertisers was one of the reasons cited by media giant Time Inc when it bought Myspace in 2016, perhaps it is best not to rush to revive your Top Friends list just yet.
One of the main features that Diaspora prides itself on is its decentralization. This is to do with its technical background: the platform consists of many different networks, known as pods. User data isn’t collected and stored centrally by the provider, instead the infrastructure is distributed by users themselves, with data carried by these so-called pods. If you have good technical know-how, you can actually operate your own pod, which essentially functions as a server. This means that you can be certain that your private data remains private and in your own hands. Less technically gifted users can use ‘open pods’ in the network instead.

Diaspora's key advantage is that it's based on open source software that multiple servers can run. It does not put your private information, your likes, your contacts and your photos in the hands of one corporation who then use it to increase their own private profits by selling your privacy. Diaspora is much smaller though. The UI feels more like Google Plus than Facebook. JohnFastman • Dec 2016 • 8 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
Tumblr is another free social networking platform like Instagram. It is famous for offering its microblogging interaction. Unlike some other social networking platforms, on Tumblr, you can only create a short content post where members can post text, images, videos, links, and audio files. Moreover, this program is available in all popular mobile operating systems. It is also accessible on Mac and Windows PC. The dashboard feature of this app allows the users to search blogs or visit and follow other users easily.
Maybe you don't care what everyone in your "friends" group is thinking or doing every minute of the day. You've gotten enough of that on Facebook over the years. Instead you're looking for design inspiration for your wedding, recipes for dinner this week, and travel ideas for your next trip. Whatever your interest, you'll find it on Pinterest. One of Pinterest's more interesting features is Pinterest Lens, which lets you snap a photo of anything that appeals to you in the real world and then shows you how to purchase, create, or do it yourself.  You can share your posts or pins publicly or hide your pins, or even hide your account from search engines.
I have an animal rescue and we’ve been using facebook to communicate within our volunteer group. The algorithm has gotten ridiculous. I don’t get notifications about posts for 10+ hours. Even if I scroll the group page, I’m not shown everything posted there. Facebook is great for getting the word out about animals looking for homes, but it’s becoming unusable as a work/volunteer group tool. We’re currently looking for a new place to call home. Looking forward to checking these suggestions out.

The official Twitter 4.0 for iPhone has a radically overhauled user interface which, while it might potentially make tweeting more discoverable and approachable to new, mainstream users, could also annoy and alienate long time, power users. Luckily, if you're one of he annoyed, the alienated, there are a variety of alternative Twitter apps in the App Store for you to choose from. These are some of our favorites, the ones we consider the very best, most must-have third party Twitter clients for iPhone and iPad.


Instagram is really best known for engaging the "hipster photo" scene, an appropriate term when you consider the irony involved in retro-looking images being produced digitally. Instagram's cheesy, low-grade filter effects, which some shutterflies simply abhor, let anyone with an iPhone or Android phone turn their photos back 40 years. And who could resist that slightly fuzzy 70s haze appeal (answer: anyone with an appreciation for photography as an artform).
last week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 6,000 / 10,933,000, '21' by Adele 9,000 / 29,516,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 8,000 / 5,100,000, '25' by Adele 10,000 / 21,912,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 20,000 / 2,949,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 38,000 / 3,041,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 7,000 / 3,261,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 52,000 / 4,766,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 9,000 / 1,851,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 9,000 / 1,848,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 30,000 / 1,082,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 13,000 / 2,031,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 14,000 / 5,216,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 8,000 / 2,444,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 41,000 / 14,226,000, 'DNA' by the Backstreet Boys 8,000 / 546,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 21,000 / 4,378,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 30,000 / 1,734,000, 'Head Above Water' by Avril Lavigne 16,000 / 204,000, 'I Am > I Was' by 21 Savage 28,000 / 779,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 9,000 / 8,013,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 27,000 / 2,623,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 23,000 / 2,461,000, 'Love' by Michael Bublé 10,000 / 1,108,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 15,000 / 2,286,000, the 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' soundtrack 6,000 / 1,339,000, 'More Life' by Drake 13,000 / 4,133,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 28,000 / 1,092,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 19,000 / 1,187,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 10,000 / 1,198,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 55,000 / 3,210,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 10,000 / 1,774,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 12,000 / 4,764,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 43,000 / 4,936,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 19,000 / 1,687,000, 'Simulation Theory' by Muse 6,000 / 652,000, 'Skins' by XXXTentacion 6,000 / 495,000, the 'Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse' soundtrack 37,000 / 696,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 10,000 / 4,105,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 18,000 / 1,297,000, 'Still On My Mind' by Dido 22,000 / 114,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 28,000 / 4,391,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 25,000 / 2,204,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 14,000 / 1,491,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 49,000 / 6,405,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 3,000 / 2,688,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 18,000 / 1,065,000, 'Views' by Drake 13,000 / 4,816,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 13,000 / 11,616,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 10,000 / 1,046,000. As expected, Ariana Grande turns back at no.1 this week with '7 Rings'. The smash rules now for an eighth non-consecutive week with 273,000 points. Last week's chart-topper, 'Jiwaru Days' by AKB 48, tumbles down at no.20 with 103,000 points. Three regional rap acts debuting for the first time on our tally: the French duo PNL (Peace N' Lovés), consisting of the brothers Tarik and Nabil Andrieu, shoots at no.32 with 'Au DD' and 81,000 points. Vladislav Balovatsky, known professionally as Capital Bra, is a German rapper with Ukrainian and Russian heritage. 'Cherry Lady' is currently his 12th no.1 hit in Germany and his first on the Global Top 40, it jumps at no.39 with 72,000 points. Both songs profits from massive streaming... new one-week records in France and Germany! Close behind 'Cherry Lady' bows American rapper Lil Nas X at no.40 with 'Old Town Road' and 72,000 points. The song achieved viral popularity from the 'Yeehaw Challenge' on the social media app Tik Tok. 'Girls Like You' by Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B reaches the Top 100 of the ALL TIME CHART with a jump at no.97 and a total of 9,235,000 points. On our weekly tally it holds no.18 in its 43rd week with 111,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Baila Baila Baila' by Ozuna at no.43 and 'Look Back At It' by A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at no.44 for their first appearance on the big list.
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