Social Media - Personal

Top Sites

1

Pinterest

Discovery platform for image browsing and inspiration boards

2

Facebook

Most popular site with a large following worldwide, supports VPN and anti-virus (see footnote)

3

Instagram

Personal photograph and video sharing platform. Owned by Facebook (see footnote)

4

Minds

Connect with others via open conversation. Includes abuse and data breach protections

  Advice  

Social media is an excellent way to keep in touch with friends, share updates on your life, discover interesting and entertaining content, and meet new people. Some of the sites listed here are focused on a certain type of content, such as videos or photos. Others include multimedia support, allowing you to add text, photos, and videos to posts. Most of these sites and apps provide some way to follow users and get updates when they post. You can also like, share, and save your favorite posts to show support for friends and content creators. When interacting with strangers, always remember to be cautious and never disclose personal details.

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More Websites
(Listed alphabetically)

Diaspora

Nonprofit, user-owned, distributed social network with personal privacy control

Ello

Ad-free platform that doesn’t sell user data. Ideal for creatives, artists, and designers

Jumbo

Protect you and family’s personal data and online reputation with this privacy and security assistant

Kuaishou

Video sharing mobile app. Based in China

MeWe

Platform focused on privacy and control with no ads, targeting, or feed manipulation

Snapchat

Auto-destructing messages popular with a younger crowd

TikTok

Short video content for younger audience. Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, Oracle & Walmart

Vero

Social media app with no advertising. Based in Lebanon with development team in Russia

Vimeo

Social channel for video content creators to upload videos and projects. Owned by InterActiveCorp (IAC)

YouTube

Video content and community building platform that supports VPN and anti-spyware. Owned by Google/Alphabet

* Footnote:

Amazon
• The AmazonSmile program donates 0.5% of purchases to your favorite charity, and all you need to do is start your shopping at https://smile.amazon.com.
• Amazon frequently introduces their own products to compete directly with their long-time suppliers. They often pay no federal income taxes (e.g., 2017, 2018).
• Amazon is being investigated on antitrust issues by the US Federal Trade Commission, State Attorneys General & House Subcommittee on Antitrust.