Hand’s up who is sick and tired of social media? Well, this might be just because you’re only using the 2 mainstream social media applications. What other social media platforms and apps are there, and are they any good? Here is a roundup of 5 alternatives to Facebook and Twitter.
Pinterest is a fun social media platform that focuses around building up collections of pinned content from the internet, and then sharing that on specifically named boards. People on Pinterest then subscribe to these boards, made up of topics they are interested in, and then they can view the content, or re-post it to their own boards. The site is geared towards the discovery of new content, and learning what interests your other contacts have.
Pinterest caters to shopaholics, and those that are keen browsers of internet content. It boasts almost 50 million users in 2015, and is set to keep expanding globally. Its easy to become friends with people on Pinterest, and you will receive notifications about their activity, and you can send and receive messages among contacts you have in Pinterest.
Pinterest is a fun way of sharing content and a great way to make new friends based on similar interests. You can set a little bit of biographical information, so you can provide your email, contact details, or even your facebook twitter if you want people to contact you via those platforms. Its available for desktop users, and has specific mobile apps that are built for all device platforms, including Blackberry.
A social media platform that uses anonymity as its main strong point is Yik Yak. If you’re fed up having to rein in your opinions on social media then this might be the platform for you. It features the ability to create a Yak, and then within a 10 mile radius anyone can join in and comment on your Yak. It makes for an interesting way to discover what is happening locally, with a range of the most popular yaks, and then you can upvote or downvote them depending on what they say.
In mid 2014 Yik Yak was the 9th most popular downloaded social media client, and is available in iOS and Android phones. There have been a range of recent updates giving Yik Yak Users new features. There is a feature called Peek which allows users to see the Yaks in any city on the world, but you can’t vote, or comment on them. This is kept to local Yaks only. There is also a Hot tab to see what the most popular posts are in your area. There are around 2 million users of the service, and although not a way to make new contacts, Yik Yak offers you the possibility to say what you want without fear of repercussions.
Google plus is at attempt by Google to introduce their users to a social media platform. Google + is out to be a one stop shop across all Google platforms, and allow the interaction with others on services such as youtube, Google Play, and Gmail. If your using youtube, you’ve probably already been forced to open a Google + account. The concept of Google+ uses circles to define who your sharing shows up with, and what things are shared with you.
Users have a stream in their Google+ account that shows the content from the circles you’re involved in. Circles are a way to share content based on a certain theme, and you can join these themed circles if you are interested in the content that is being shared. This can then be shared or reposted across your other circles.
One of the better features of Google + is the ability to get involved with hangouts. These are video conference features that allow you to share your web camera with up to 9 participants, so for family & friend catch up sessions this is great. Even celebrities have endorsed Google hangouts, with many of them holding regular sessions on them. They have also just launched a feature add on called collections, allowing you to collect together lists of content to share on your social media stream.
Foursquare is an excellent way to stay in touch with exactly what your friends have been checking outt in the area, and where they have been going in their spare time, and as shopping destinations. Its not so much a social media network but more a local search and discovery platform. That said, it does have a companion platform that is built for social media called Swarm.
Foursquare is available only on iOS, Windows phone, and Android platforms, and is ideal for these mobile phone devices due to the requirement of GPS to show where your location is on Foursquare, and collect the relevant trophies for your visits. Foursquare allows you to discover restaurants, nightclubs, shops and places of interest by locally searching for them. This can be more reliable than Google search due to your ability to see which of your friends have checked in and what others are saying about it.
Foursquare does allow you to import your contacts from Facebook and Twitter, so you can get your uninvolved friends involved on the platform, and share among the people in a way that just isn’t possible with the traditional social media platforms. The platform has around 45 million users worldwide, and more businesses and local places are using the platform to engage with smartphone users.
Path is a social media platform that tries to scale down the amount of contacts you have, and make social media more personalized. Its meant as a way to keep in contact with your close friends and family, with its limit to 150 contacts maximum, Path is an enlightening way to avoid the plethora of inbox messages that you get on Facebook and Twitter.
Path allows you to share photos and updates easily on your home page wall just like facebook, but its geared towards easily meeting with contacts, as you can share map information and arrange to meet for a coffee very easily. Path has a streamlined interface, and provides an easy way to access your content sharing by always showing he content shortcuts as icons on the screen. There are a range of emoticons that you can include in the messenger server, and you can also share music tracks too.
Launched in 2010 the platform is available for only iOS and Android mobile phone users, and has managed to gain over 20 million users with 4 million users in its most popular country Indonesia. The firm makes money through offering sets of stickies that are like emoticons but especially designed by the firm and also by celebrities. There is also a premium service offered by the firm.