Everyone knows Facebook, Twitter and Instagram these days. They have billions of users between them, encompassing a pretty big percentage of the earth’s population. Posts are shared, photos are tossed around, and so many selfies are in existence that aliens would likely assume them to be some sort of official online requirement.
But this popularity is exactly what makes you sneer in distaste. You’re the kind of person that shuns what others have accepted, and prefers instead to find alternatives. After all, participating in the norm is the sort of thing that will force you to avoid looking at yourself in the mirror.
Relax, it turns out that there are dozens of social media alternatives to the big names. They are lesser known, most of them dying for a bit of attention, and so all of them are a prime gathering ground for you and your alternative-to-the mainstream seeking friends.
You could also just drop social media entirely, and just spend some time at a top class casino instead. Or would that be going too far? Better take a look at our list, just in case. If you abandoned social media entirely everyone might just assume you’re dead.
Vero is a pretty smart idea, although it is highly debatable if it will see any success in the face of well-established platforms like Instagram and Facebook. It seems to be an effort to combine all major platforms, with a photo sharing, news sharing, and all other things social media, all rolled into one.
The core draw card of Vero is that it is, and according to the developers always will be, entirely advert free. It has its focus solely on social media alone, without a glance in the direction of a single ad agency. How is this possible? Well, the first million user accounts will be free, after which a subscription fee will kick in.
It has potential, but we have serious doubts as to it being able to pull even a million users away from other services, never mind go beyond that. Who would pay subscription fees for social media at this point?
Less straightforward than Vero, Musical.ly is a bit of an odd fish. It is basically the same concept as the now-defunct Vine and the ever-popular Snapchat, allowing for videos to be created of varying lengths. The videos can be combined with music and various filters, giving them a little added flavour.
The draw card is, apparently, that video lengths can only be 15 to 60 seconds long, applying a little restriction to the creativity. But as they say, creativity is most prevalent under restrictions. It’s a neat idea, but we don’t see it making much of a splash, with Vine and Snapchat already established. It remains to be seen though, and we wish it all the best.
Last on the list we have Steemit. This is a very interesting idea for social media. Steemit actually keeps track of content posted, and pays out for the amount of attention a post gets. Currency can also be earned from voting and curating. A really great concept, only that this currency happens to be so-called STEEM tokens, a type of cryptocurrency.
So far, much information has been granted on how STEEM tokens can be earned, or how they can be bought for real money. What the developers haven’t gone into is what value these so called STEEM Tokens actually have, what they can be used for, or why anyone would want them, for any reason at all.
Still, the idea is a very interesting one, with an enormous amount of potential. We hope that the idea gets ironed out, and STEEM Tokens find some kind of real value. Then you can count us on board!