Unlike Twitter, Instagram doesn’t have a word limit on its posts, although the users insist that there is a cap after 2,200 characters, which is relatively long anyway. Instagram allows three types of posts: picture, video, and GIF. It also features hashtags and allows up to 30 hashtags on a single post. There is a Direct Message facility to send texts, photos, videos, GIFs and stickers to anyone on the platform, even Beyonce. Addition to that, it has Stories, which is a status update with photos and videos with 24 hours of life, after which they are automatically deleted.
Gab has started with a distinctive motive of promoting free speech, and still successfully manages to escape the rightist policies that rule the other social media networks. This is represented by its Pepe frog logo. The CEO of Gab, Andrew Torba aptly describes it as the ‘left-leaning Big social monopoly.’ Being a complete free speech platform has put Gab in a unique position, and also in troubles.
Metal for Facebook and Twitter is one of the up-and-coming Facebook apps. There has been a lot of positive press over the last couple of years. Like most, this is a web-wrapper (the mobile website inside of an app) with some tweaks and additional features included to improve the experience. It boasts an ad-free experience, advanced notifications, a few UI tweaks, and there are even theming options. The developer has had a good track record with updating the app with new Facebook features (along with fingerprint support) and it’s a pleasant overall experience.
‘Mastodon isn’t one place and one set of rules,’ it states in their official website. It is unique as it can be used as individual instances, which are specialized versions of the platform themed by the topics of user’s interests. However, you’d need your own server for running your social media platform—whose method is widely available on the internet. Businesses and advertisers can take advantage of this and create their own social media platform on their own infrastructure. And since it is your own social media, you make your own rules.
Socialtext is an enterprise social network solution that aids in team collaboration and knowledge sharing. Your employees can use Socialtext to gather key customer information, share expertise and ideas, and to collaborate on tasks and projects. The enterprise social software integrates with other systems, such as your CRM and ERP, to streamline you… Read more about Socialtext
Fella for Facebook is one of the most customizable replacements for the official Facebook application. You can choose between a number of colorful themes in this application, though this is a paid app, it’s currently on sale for $1, but it usually costs about $1.50. This app uses way less data than the regular Facebook app, which applies for pretty much all apps here, while you can also download videos from Facebook using this app, not to mention that it is available in over 35 languages.
Emoticons are one of the main ways to interact with your friends and followers on the platform. The number of emoticons on your profile increases with your involvement, which it calls ‘Karma.’ Plurk also has mainstream features like Direct and group messaging. It is a very indistinguishable platform compared to Twitter but, it’s a happy, colorful place.
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.
Twitter is the one app and website on this list that not only duplicates many of Instagrams photo-filtering capabilities, but also has a huge social network behind it. The people on Instagram are, after all, an enormous part of its appeal. Since late 2012, Twitter's iPhone app has a photo editing feature that mimicks Instagram's core photo-editing capabilities. Twitter is one of the best alternatives to Instagram, with its enormous and active community.
Many might not consider WhatsApp a full-fledged social media platform, but things have changed. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has made its mark in the industry with new features flooding in the App, every other month. It has recently launched video status update with customization options. It has borrowed a feature from Telegram and introduced one way broadcasting on the group chat. WhatsApp also introduced a web client to use the service through a desktop browser, which we found satisfyingly good.
Of course, there are so many great things about Twitter. The problem is, those great things are available elsewhere. If you’re looking for positive conversation and exploration of ideas, niche, geeky interests, or a means to share music, video, or photos, the following Twitter alternatives are worth your time. Like Twitter, they all offer mobile apps, so you can stay connected 24/7.
Facebook hasn't been very fun for the last few years. From political fighting to fake news to privacy concerns, many users are logging on less and others are deleting their accounts altogether. For those who primarily use Facebook today but are looking for alternatives, we've put together a list of the best options—from the most popular challengers to a few of the latest upstarts.
If you're friends with hundreds or thousands of people on Facebook, it understandably might not be worthwhile to put them all in your Gcal. In this case, it might be easiest just to take 20 minutes or so to add your close friends and family member's special days to your calendar. And really, did the annual onslaught of best wishes on Facebook add much to your life in the first place?
Path is an app-based platform that doesn’t work with desktop browsers, so if you’re looking for something that works with both, then this won’t be right for you. This app is designed for working with smaller, more interpersonal groups rather than hundreds and hundreds of friends. Users share updates, photos, media they’re using, books, movies, and shopping purchases.
Give plates a try , Plates allows you to create “Plates” and then share photos and videos with your friends, family, and the world. Users can allow others to be collaborators in their plates which allows them to add content in the Plates, as well. These plates allow for a unique experience when multiple collaborators come together. Create plates for your trips, ideas, projects or anything that floats your boat…. add some collaborators, and watch as your plate grows with unique content from all your publishers. There are 2 types of plates Public and Private .
Photographer Cole Barash likes to think of images in sequences. Whether he’s editing his work for a book, a zine or a gallery exhibition, he says, “I typically think in a conversation of images. It’s about the relationship of one image to another, communicating an idea or message.” He has carried those same principles to social media. When he posts...
Some argue that the only reason Twitter is holding onto 330 million users is because the 45th POTUS uses the platform. But Donald Trump isn’t the worst person on the social network. Trolls, extremists of all political and religious persuasions, terrorists, criminals, mob rule and partisanship… and then there’s virtue signaling celebrities, splitting their audience with a typical lack of self-awareness.
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.
While Path isn’t necessarily a true competitor to Instagram, it has many of the same features. You can capture photos in the app, apply filters, export them to other apps, or post them on your stream for friends to view. Most of the privacy concerns surrounding Path have been resolved, and it offers a very intimate approach to sharing. Rather than imploring you to build an army of followers, Path strives to keep things intimate by sharing photos with the people you care about most. The photo-editing features aren’t as good as the other apps mentioned here, but as a social network it is argueably a better experience than Instagram.
We realize you’re likely on this list to get away from this app. However, sometimes it's unavoidable. Whenever Facebook rolls out a new feature, the official app will have it long before the third party Facebook apps. Facebook’s official suite of apps include Facebook Messenger, Facebook Groups, Facebook at Work, and Facebook Mentions (if you’re famous). They aren’t great for battery life, but they’ll always get the new features first. Facebook Messenger is also notoriously hard to use outside of the official app. Consequently, Facebook also makes Facebook Lite. It's a super light, simple, and surprisingly good alternative to its larger, battery swilling sibling.
One word of warning: Many dating apps require Facebook integration to work, meaning you won't be able to use them if you delete your account. You can still create a Tinder account without Facebook, but you will loose all your current matches and conversations. Hinge and Bumble require you to have a Facebook account to sign up, though the latter company says it's working on dropping that requirement.
Plenty of apps will take your photos, from Apple iCloud to Dropbox to Microsoft OneDrive, but at the moment Google Photos makes most sense for most people—not least because you can store an unlimited number of photos and videos if you let it shrink your pictures down to 16 megapixels and your clips down to 1080p (you can also pay to have everything kept at full resolution).
With EyeEm you can take photos in the app or import them from your camera or phone. You can then edit and apply filters, as you’d expect, and add tags to help other users and potential buyers find your work. We love the EyeEm Selects feature, which scans your images and picks the shots that have the highest score according to their aesthetics algorithm. This safe and private tool makes it easier to work out which images are sellable, which in theory makes it easier for you to make money.
Ning lets you create your own social network (or blog, or website) around the topic you care about. Share your ideas, raise awareness, and find people who care about what you care about. Customize the look and feel of your network – with coding knowledge needed – then use it as a hub for fundraisers, events, and more. Ning lets you use an existing social profile (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) to sign up and join networks. While Ning is far more customizable than many other private social networks, the idea of building a network from scratch can be daunting. While Ning heavily promotes monetization of your blog, website, or social network, you’ve got to spend money to make money; bigger projects can cost $49 or $99 per month.
Minds is a Facebook clone of sorts that is encrypted, open source, and focuses extensively on free speech. Recently, the site rolled out crypto tokens so users can be rewarded for their participation. You’re rewarded with tokens for your participation, and you can exchange tokens to gain more views if you prefer. You can also send tokens to other channels as tips or for subscriptions. Learn more about how Minds’ tokens work in Heavy’s story here. If tokens aren’t your thing, you can still use Minds solely for its Facebook alternative option.
The Zimbra platform provides a space for open collaboration and messaging, as well as online private social networking and community building among staff and clients. Zimbra Collaboration and Zimbra Community form the core of the Zimbra platform. Both products provide a range of communication and collaboration features including blogs, wikis, calend… Read more about Zimbra
You don't get any of this on Mastodon. The flagship instance (which, at the moment, has again closed itself off to new users) is moderated with stricter rules than Twitter, banning users for stuff like Holocaust denial and posting Nazi imagery. If you have friends on another instance, or want to exist a little out of the mainstream, there's a handy finder that can help you locate your new microblogging home. Niches built around Star Trek and anime already exist, so no matter if the main site is still open to new users, you can still exist in the "fediverse."
Following local, national, and international news sources is a good place to start of course, but you can also keep an eye on relevant hashtags or create a Twitter list if you want to keep your news gathering separate from your socializing. For a boosted news experience on Twitter, connect your account to TweetDeck, where you’ve got more advanced search and filter tools.
From the planning side, collecting peoples' contact info can be a pain, sure. But that's a one-time bother. From there, use Paperless Post for beautiful and functional email invites and RSVP tracking. And for more rote calendar-coordination, use Doodle to find the best day for a dinner or meeting that works for everyone. The site lets each guest respond with a time that works for them, so you can easily figure out how best to accommodate everyone's schedule.
Lately, I’ve written a lot about the alternative media purge and how Big Tech social media platforms are attempting to control the narrative, the elections, and public perception through censorship and financial blacklisting. Lots of people are ready to leave websites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for less-censored pastures. But what are the social media alternatives that are currently available?
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.