Social Media - Personal

Top Sites

1

Pinterest

Discovery platform for image browsing & inspiration boards

2

Facebook

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

3

Minds

Platform to connect with people with open conversations, abuse & data breach protections

4

Ello

Ideal for creatives, artists & designers. Doesn’t sell user data, no ads

5

Diaspora

Nonprofit, user-owned, distributed social network, personal privacy control. Alternative to Facebook

  Advice  

  • Rely on the general public reputation of the site when choosing one to invest time in.


  • A number of newer social networks promise increased security & privacy. When joining, adjust privacy settings as soon as possible.


  • Don't trust people you don't know, remain anonymous when possible, limit your connections, & don't give out personal information.


  • Remember that you don't own the posts on your profile or your follower list & that they disappear if you lose your account.


  • Finally, think before you post & try to avoid confrontations.

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More Websites
(Listed alphabetically)

Instagram

Personal photography & visual sharing platform. Owned by Facebook (see footnote)

Kuaishou

Video sharing mobile app. Based in China

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 & projects. Owned by InterActiveCorp (IAC)

YouTube

Video content & community building, supports VPN & anti-spyware. Owned by Google/Alphabet

* Footnote:

Facebook
• Fosters info bubbles, political division, polarization, dis/misinformation & conspiracy theories in the US & worldwide. Despite pressure to address these issues, they have repeatedly insisted they have little capability to address the problem.
• Facebook is being investigated on antitrust, users privacy & content moderation by the Federal Trade Commission, State Attorneys General, House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Senate Judiciary Committee & Federal Communications Commission.