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7 Alternative Social Media Platforms to Consider

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Have you seen The Social Dilemma on Netflix?

If not, go ahead and watch it if you’re a fan of dystopian horror turned real.

If you have, you probably remember the challenge at the end, where you were asked to join the movement and delete your social media accounts.

The question is, did you do it?

Now, I’m not here to judge your choice.

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But if you did delete your Facebook or Instagram, I bet you’re already missing the good stuff.

Because social media isn’t only about terrible things like your data being collected and used for profit.

It’s also about connections; real connections.

It’s also about networking.

The solution?

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Sign up for an alternative social media platform.

Here are seven you will love.

7 Alternatives to Your Favorite Social Media Platforms

Sure, you can live without social media (if you really, really want to).

But what about your brand?

How do you connect with followers who truly love your work?

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Don’t worry.

Here are seven amazing alternative social platforms you’ll enjoy.

1. MeWe

MeWe is an alternative social network focused on user privacy.

One look at MeWe’s homepage and you’ll immediately think, “This is the opposite of the social media platforms I know.”

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And it is!

MeWe prides itself on having an honorable business model that treats people as customers, not data. (We’re looking at you, Facebook!)

Here are five things you’ll love about it:

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  • There are zero ads. No annoying sponsored content, either.
  • Your newsfeed is yours to control. It won’t be manipulated in any way to sell you anything.
  • You get a texting app just like Messenger.
  • You don’t need to worry about your personal data being sold to big businesses.
  • It’s as fun and uplifting as other social media platforms, but this time built on trust and love.

2. Ello

Ello - a social network for creators.

Ello started out as a social media platform just like Facebook, but without the ads, the infamous “like” button, and the threats to security and privacy.

However, it has since pivoted into a Pinterest-like platform for creators and fans interested in art, fashion, photography, and web culture.

Joining the platform is easy. Simply sign up with your name and email address, and you’re good to go.

When you join, you’re asked a series of questions that are used to customize your feed.

For instance, here’s a feed based on an interest in photography.

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Ello is an alternative to Pinterest for creators and artists.

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What you’ll love about Ello:

  • Zero ads and zero privacy threats.
  • You can collaborate with, work with, or even hire other creators.
  • You don’t have to give your real name (a username will do).
  • There’s a ton of surprising, raw, unique creations from people all over the world.

3. BitChute

Bitchute, an alternative social media network

BitChute’s promise is to “put creators first and provide them with a service that they can use to flourish and express their ideas freely.”

Put simply, it’s a video-based social media platform just like YouTube…

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…but without the filters.

You can say anything on BitChute without getting banned.

Since its creation in 2017, BitChute has seen its share of criticism.

Because without the rules, it’s naturally packed with extremists and hate comments.

But ignoring these, you can easily find a ton of interesting content on the platform.

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There’s news, current events, and a host of topics such as animation, business, education, gardening, health, and more.

Here is BitChute’s invitation to join its growing social platform.

BitChute, an anti-censorship social network.

4. Minds

Minds tells users to 'Take back control of your social media

When you post something on Facebook, a bunch of ads show up beside it.

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The question is, do you earn anything from what you post?

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Nope.

If you dislike this idea, you’ll love Minds.

Created as an anti-Facebook social platform, Minds is all about helping content creators flourish.

Here’s how it works:

  • Each time you post, interact with another post, or simply spend time on Minds, you receive a token.
  • You can use your tokens to upgrade your account or boost your reach.
  • You can also cash in on your tokens in USD or Bitcoin.

Sound interesting?

With Minds, you get all the perks of a thriving social media account…

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…but this time you get a share of the revenue through simply sharing your time and talent.

5. Parler

Alternative social platform Parler bills itself as

Parler calls itself the world’s town square.

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It’s the platform where you’re entitled to freedom of expression without censorship.

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Another great thing about it?

You can modify your feed to show only users you’re interested in.

For instance, you can “shadow ban” the stuff you don’t like…

…while still giving people who DO like that stuff the chance to see it.

Also, Parler is great if you’re into real connections with people. Its strict verification process ensures that all bots are banned from the platform.

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6. EyeEm

EyeEm, a royalty-free photography site and social media platform

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EyeEm is a royalty-free photography site that’s also a social media platform.

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If you’re a photographer looking to get exposure and market your services, it’s a great place to be.

But EyeEm isn’t only for professional photographers.

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It’s also a platform where you can create events with friends, network with content creators, and gain exposure for your brand.

7. Nextdoor

Try nextdoor as an alternative to your typical social networks.

One thing we love about social networking is that it allows us to connect with people from anywhere in the world.

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But to be honest, it can get exhausting.

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With almost eight billion people on the planet, there’s just so much going on with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This is where Nextdoor comes in.

Nextdoor is a social media platform where you can get to know your neighbors.

You’ll get to connect with users who live just around the block whether they’re private users, local businesses, nonprofits, or public agencies.

If you’re a business owner, joining Nextdoor is a great way to bring foot traffic to your store.

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As soon as you sign up and verify your address, you’ll instantly be connected to people in your neighborhood.

All you need to do is check out their profiles and talk to them on chat!

3 Examples of Influencers Who Have Made it on Alternative Social Media Platforms

I can guess what you’re thinking.

You’re shaking your head right now.

“Those alternative social media platforms are all good,” you say. “But I need to be on Facebook and Instagram to get any followers. There’s no way I can grow a huge following on smaller networks like those.”

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If you’re worried about this, you can stop right now.

Because you can become a well-known figure and grow a huge following on these networks.

Check out three examples of people who did it.

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1. Cocoa Rae

Cocoa Rae found success on alternative social network Ello

Cocoa Rae is a visual artist and photographer.

Her fantastic art could get her famous on Pinterest, Instagram, or any other large social platform.

But she chose Ello, and she’s huge on the network.

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Just check out her profile, which has 1.1 million views.

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2. KiBLS

KiBLS, example of an influencer who found success on an alternative social platform.

KiBLS is a multimedia artist and poet from Germany.

Their page description reads, “Cryptic, profound, inspiring and thought-provoking poems mixed with impressive 3D graphics.”

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To date, KiBLS has 8,000+ followers and hearty engagement on their posts.

3. Sinan Saglam

Think you can’t make money on an alternative social media network?

I’m not talking about ads.

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I’m talking about getting exposure for your brand or the work you do.

That’s exactly what Sinan Saglam, a Berlin-based photographer, did.

He posted his beautiful photos on EyeEm and went on to earn $10,000 from them.

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Check out the blog post he wrote on how he did it.

And here’s an example of one of his superb photos.

One of the photos that led an influencer to success on an alternative social media network.

Bonus: Five Celebrities Who Use Alternative Social Media Platforms

Sure, you can find Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner on Facebook and Twitter.

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But here’s a list of five famous people who actually use alternative social media platforms (you’ll be surprised when you hear their names):

  • Ellen Degeneres (on Nextdoor).
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (on Nextdoor).
  • Portia de Rossi (on Nextdoor).
  • Miley Cyrus (on Ello).
  • Stephen Fry (on Ello).

What to Do If You’re Tired of the “BIG” Social Media Platforms

I know and you know, social media is an essential part of a ton of people’s lives.

Which means it’s one of the best places to gain exposure and market your brand.

But the truth is, it can be exhausting.

You keep getting targeted by ads. Annoying sponsored content pops up when you least expect it. You’re not even sure if you’re talking to a human or a bot.

You want to quit social media, but that means letting go of a huge opportunity to market your brand or network with other people in your field.

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The answer?

Hop on one of the smaller but growing alternative social media platforms I’ve mentioned.

Find people you know (you’ll be surprised to know how many people actually use these platforms).

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Talk about what you do, sell your photos, make real connections.

You’ll be surprised to find out how much you can grow your brand, even without being on Facebook or Twitter.

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LinkedIn Makes its 20 Most Popular LinkedIn Learning Courses Freely Available Throughout August

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Looking to up your skills for a job change or career advancement in the second half of the year?

This will help – today, LinkedIn has published its listing of the 20 most popular LinkedIn Learning courses over the first half of 2022. In addition to this, LinkedIn’s also making each of these courses free to access till the end of the month – so now may well be the best time to jump in and brush up on the latest, rising skills in your industry.

As per LinkedIn:

As the Great Reshuffle slows and the job market cools, professionals are getting more serious about skill building. The pandemic accelerated change across industries, and as a result, skills to do a job today have changed even compared to a few years ago. Professionals are responding by learning new skills to future-proof their careers and meet the moment.” 

LinkedIn says that over seven million people have undertaken these 20 courses this year, covering everything from improved communication, project management, coding, strategic thinking and more.

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Here are the top 20 LinkedIn Learning courses right now, which you can access via the relevant links:

  1. Goal Setting: Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with Jessie Withers
  2. Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365) with Dennis Taylor
  3. Interpersonal Communication with Dorie Clark
  4. Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Gemma Leigh Roberts
  5. Project Management Foundations with Bonnie Biafore
  6. Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity with Joshua Miller
  7. Essentials of Team Collaboration with Dana Brownlee
  8. Unconscious Bias with Stacey Gordon
  9. Learning Python with Joe Marini
  10. Communicating with Confidence with Jeff Ansell
  11.  Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Pete Mockaitis
  12. Learning the OWASP Top 10 with Caroline Wong
  13. Power BI Essential Training with Gini von Courter
  14. Strategic Thinking with Dorie Clark
  15. SQL Essential Training with Bill Weinman
  16. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence with Gemma Leigh Roberts
  17. Communication Foundations with Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou
  18. Agile Foundations with Doug Rose
  19. Digital Marketing Foundations with Brad Batesole
  20. Critical Thinking with Mike Figliuolo
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If you’ve been thinking about upskilling, now may be the time – or maybe it’s just worth taking some of the programming courses, for example, so that you have a better understanding of how to communicate between departments on projects.

Or you could take an Agile course. If, you know, you don’t trust your own management ability.

The courses are available for free till August 31st via the above links.

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Instagram has added a few more social features to the platform, with Reels Replies being rolled out. Along with the Replies, anew feature is being tested that shows when two users are active together in the same chat.

Reels has been performing much better than perhaps even Instagram ever anticipated. The TikTok-inspired new video format (which officially claims to have absolutely no relation to the former) had some trouble really finding its footing initially. However, Reels has grown massively and while it may not be a source of the most direct competition to TikTok, it is indeed a worthy alternative.

Reels has grown to the point that it has a massive creator program attached to it, and the video format has even been migrated to Facebook with the goal of generating further user interest there. Naturally, with such a successful virtual goldmine on its hands, Instagram has been hard at work developing new features and interface updates for Reels, integrating it more and more seamlessly into the rest of the social media platform. Features such as Reels Replies are a major part of such attempts at integration.

Reels Visual Replies are essentially just what they sound like: A Reel that is being used to reply to someone. It’s a feature that’s been seen frequently across TikTok as well. Reel Replies essentially take a user’s comments, and reply to them in video format. The comment will then show up within the Reel itself as a text-box, taking up some amount of space, and showing both the user who issued said comment along with the text. The text-box is apparently adjustable, with users having the ability to move it around and change its size depending on where it obstructs one’s Reel the least.

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Overall, it’s a fun addition to the Reels format, even if the credit should be going to TikTok first. At any rate, it’s an example of Instagram really utilizing Reels’ social media capabilities, outside of just serving it up as a form of entertainment.

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Speaking of social media capabilities, a new feature might help alleviate one of the most common frustrations encountered across all such platforms. Isn’t it annoying when you see that a friend’s online, but isn’t replying to your chat? Sure, they’ve probably just put their phone down to run a quick errand, but there’s no way for you to know, right? Well, there sort of is now! Instagram is beta testing a new feature via which if both users are active within a chat, the platform will display that accordingly. It’s a work-around, sure, and one that’s currently being tested for usefulness, but it’s still a very nice, and even fresh, addition to the social media game.

Now, the active status will only appear when you are both active at the same time.#Instagram #instgramnewfeature@MattNavarra @instagram @alex193a pic.twitter.com/2chGZP9hr4

— Yash Joshi  (@MeYashjoshi) December 10, 2021

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5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android

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Alright, we get it. You’re an Instagram Nostradamus.

You know exactly what you want to post and when you’re gonna want to post it. Maybe there’s a meme or comment you want to make that you know will be totally relevant for a future moment or event. Or it could be that you’re an influencer and you want to make sure you keep a steady stream of content coming, so you want to schedule posts for times when you know you won’t be active (or won’t have internet access).

You’ll be happy to know there are apps that are specialized for just such situations. So listen up, InstaNostradamuses…Instagrostra…Instadam…Insta…uh…you guys (we’ll workshop it. No we won’t. We’ll probably just abandon that effort completely. You’re welcome) — these are the Instagram-post-scheduling apps for you.

While all of the iPhone apps below are free to download, they all have some in-app purchases.

1. Planoly

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We’ll start with “official partner” of Instagram, itself, Planoly — an Instaplanner that uses a grid to let you plan, schedule, and publish posts (as well as Reels) on Instagram. The app also lets you see post metrics and analytics so you can make sure your post didn’t flop.

Planoly is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

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2. Buffer

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Buffer is another Instagram post scheduler that helps you plan your posts and analyze feedback once they’re published. Use a calendar view to drag and drop posts into days/time slots for easy scheduling.

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Buffer is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

3. Preview

PreviewCredit: preview / app store

Preview offers typical post-scheduling tools and analytics along with a few helpful extras. Get caption ideas, recommendations for hashtags, and more.

Preview is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

4. Content Office

Content OfficeCredit: content office / app store

An Instagram post scheduler with a visual boost, Content Office allows users to plan and schedule Instagram posts while learning “marketing and visual guides to grow your brand on Instagram.” Like aesthetics and using visuals to create cohesive themes? Maybe this is the Instaplanner for you.

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Content Office is available for iOS on the Apple App Store.

5. Plann

PlannCredit: plann / apple store

You’ll never guess what “Plann” lets you do…

Aside from scheduling posts, get content ideas and recommendations, as well as strategy tips to ensure you’re maximizing your Instagram engagement. Ever wonder when the best time to post something is? Plann can offer you some help with that.

Plann is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

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