Facebook kind of took the internet world by storm when it went global in 2006 and it is arguably the biggest social network now. We all have a Facebook account and it would be lying if anyone said they haven’t had one ever. Facebook has been loved so much by people and it continues to add new features in a bid to remain at the top of the social network world. But there are times when we get a little saturated by Facebook and want a new fresh alternative. Although the truth is, there are no worthy Facebook alternatives.

There is nothing that can match Facebook right now although some people might argue Twitter is better but it’s not really an alternative and it’s certainly not aimed at people who want to be in touch with friends and families. Well, now that we have established the fact that there are no Facebook alternatives, let’s cut to the chase that we do have several other social networks that aim at specific users. For instance, there are networks aimed at photographers, designers, startups, investors etc.. Well, if you have been looking for a Facebook alternative for a specific need, we are listing down the best Facebook alternatives according to different types and categories.

Why we need a Facebook alternative?

Everything has its pros and cons and so does Facebook. While Facebook has become a part of our lives and it is loved by millions, it has got its share of criticisms. It has been panned across the globe for its ever changing privacy settings, which gives Facebook total control over the information that we provide on our accounts. If you are in mood for a surprise, just compare the privacy disclaimers of Facebook from its past to present to know the difference. Facebook’s experiments with the News Feed has also not gone down too well with users. The company’s Internet.org initiative has also made sure to irk net neutrality enthusiasts. To sum it up, these are good enough reasons to need Facebook alternatives.

Best Facebook Alternatives for Different Users

Facebook Alternative For Photographers and Artists (Photography/Art)

500px

If you are a professional photographer or even a budding one, 500px is the place you should visit more often instead of Facebook. 500 px is a very strong photography community and along with interaction with other photographers, you will get to see some amazing pictures. The website also brings various tools and features for photographers. you can also check out other alternatives if you have some disliking to 500px.

DeviantArt is the perfect platform for artists, who want to showcase their art galleries to the world. It has a great community of artists you can interact with and along with that you get to see some great art. There are a number of features that aim at making life easier for artists and moreover, it also makes sure the artists get their due credit.

Facebook Alternative for Designers

Behance

Behance is a great community for designers where people can showcase their creative designs and discover some great work. Along with the community, Behance allows you to follow and like other designers or their work. You can also get in touch with people to discuss designs.

Dribbble is another great platform for designers where a designer can upload a shot of his design or application to showcase it to others. If you are designer, you should definitely give Dribbble a shot, as it’s completely design oriented.

Facebook Alternative for Professionals/Career oriented needs

LinkedIn has been a popular platform for professionals and it continues to remain so. LinkedIn gives you the ability to interact with other professionals, recruit employees and find jobs. It’s also great if you want to be up to date on the latest business and industry news. There’s also LinkedIn Pulse if you want to share new ideas with other big names of the industry.

Facebook Alternative for Media Sharing

Instagram, owned by Facebook has grown over the past few years by leaps and bounds. It’s an all round social network, as it lets you upload photos, short videos and even exchange texts with others. The great thing is you can set Instagram to post your updates on your Facebook, Twitter and other profiles as well. Thanks to Instagram’s popularity, there has been a rise in various similar apps, which you can check out.

Chances are you already use it and although YouTube is not really a Facebook alternative, it’s a great video sharing platform. It’s the home for some great videos and original content, which makes up for an amazing community. Along with YouTube, there are a number of great video sharing platforms like Vimeo, DailyMotion and more.

Vine

Twitter’s Vine lets you watch and share brief videos on its app or website, which makes up for some great funny and entertaining videos. While short videos may not really attract everyone, it’s great if you are just in mood for some fun. The community is pretty awesome, considering there’s no shortage of amazing short videos.

Discussion Forums

Reddit is a public forum where people post and comment on things they are interested in. Generally, Reddit users share questions, stories, images or anything that may be interesting. Then, people connect with each other through comments. The great community Reddit has built over the years makes it a great social platform. There are also some cool Reddit alternatives you should check out.

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You have a question and you want to ask others? Visit Quora. It’s the best place for all the questions and some amazing answers. The question can be on any topic and you can even post personal doubts as anonymous. You can re-ask questions that are already posted and upvote answers that you believe are great.

Microblogging

There’s no need to introduce Twitter, as it’s almost growing as fast as Facebook. While it’s the home for smaller posts /tweets, it is a great medium and it has made sure some problems around the world come forward to everyone. Twitter is arguably the most fun and easy to use social network among all.

Facebook Alternative for Dating

There are a number of cupid apps but Tinder is most certainly the best among them. For people unaware about Tinder, it’s a popular dating app that matches two people when they have both swiped right, that is “like”. If you don’t like Tinder, there are a host of other alternative dating apps.

Facebook Alternative for User reviews

Angie's List

Having trouble choosing the best shops around the neighbourhood? Well, Angie’s List is there for you. Angie’s List is a website where you can find reviews of local businesses by users. Along with reviews, you can find ratings and deals around your neighbourhood. The website only lists U.S. based businesses for now though.

Facebook Alternative for Movie lovers

IMDbPro

IMDB is the go-to website for movie lovers and deservedly so. It’s a great website where you can read reviews of a movie from various users and rate movies you’ve just watched. Along with that, you can also discuss various movies on the “Message Board” with the very cool community. There’s also IMDBPro, if you want to get in touch with an actor or artist.

Rotten Tomatoes is another website every movie lover visits to take an opinion on a movie. The popular movie rating website collects ratings from users and critics. It shows the ratings in a cool Tomatometer feature, and if the movie is fresh, it’s good and if rotten, not so much.

Facebook Alternative for Programmers/Developers

GitHub

GitHub is a network for programmers, where developers can take help to develop their projects better. It provides tools for your programming needs along with codes you can fork for your own project. You can also choose to not make your code public but that requires a paid subscription. There’s also issue tracking, code reviews and more. If you would like to use something other than GitHub, there are a number of good alternatives.

Facebook alternative for Startup enthusiasts/Investors

AngelList

AngelList is a great platform for startups and people looking to invest in a startup. It’s a great way for investors to connect with startups. There are also options to find a startup job, posts jobs and raise money for your company online. To sum it up, it’s an awesome c0mmunity of the best seed investors across the world.

  • Crunchbase

Crunchbase is another great platform if you have a budding company or a startup. It’s a community of various companies, startups, VC and other investment groups. Every one of them have profiles and startups can connect with seed investors. Various companies can also get in touch and collaborate for a project.

Facebook Alternative for Live Streaming

Periscope

Periscope is an app available on Android and iOS that lets you livestream videos to social media. The live streaming is not limited to reporters or media but anyone. Basically, anyone can live stream anything through the app and it is integrated with Twitter nicely. Its social features like interactions and the great comments section make it a great live streaming app. The app was recently acquired by Twitter, so you can expect it to grow immensely in the future.

Meerkat is another live streaming app and it was launched even before Periscope. It is very similar to Pericope in terms of functionality. You can live stream videos to the social media and even though there have been problems with Twitter integration, you can give it a try.

Facebook Alternative for Music Lovers

SoundCloud

SoundCloud is one of the largest music community and social network on the internet. If you are an independent music producer and want to showcase your music to the world, SoundCloud should be the perfect place. It lets you market your tracks and thanks to the likes & repost feature, you should get the traction you deserve.

Miscellaneous

NextDoor

If you wanted a social network to connect you to your neighbourhood, NextDoor is the perfect platform for you. It’s a social network to socialise among the people in your locality. You can use it to set up a neighbourhood get together, find local help, get tips and more.

Doximity

Doximity is a social network for physicians and doctors. Doctors and Physicians have their profiles on their network and they can connect with each other. They can also find job openings at leading hospitals and other such opportunities.

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These are some great Facebook alternatives you can use based on what matters to you. So, which of these networks you like the most?

98 COMMENTS

  1. Sidenet.com – a social website for meeting new people, not for dating. It’s lightweight, does not collect any secret data, and concentrates only to personal communication with other real people.

  2. I had bad Experience today with FACEBOOK. they disable my account without prior notice due to security reason. I had experienced back then some person hacked my account facebook didn’t do anything now someone for the 2nd time did this and post something and boom. my account since 2009 gone for good. I asked them and said it is final.

    • Wow, I’m truly sorry. If you get all your friends to join nap-sack.com, you will see a different experience.

    • Don’t feel bad – they just shut me down, probably for the same “security” reason, after I attracted 122,000 followers from all over the globe, in 4 years and 28 days. All people who had/loved dogs of the Shih Tzu breed (or an endless variety of ‘mixes’). Our purpose was to promote rescues/adoptions/fostering of these beautiful pups. Do you suppose the world is now safer? Do you feel more secure? My website (Shihtzumania.com) is still up and running, but no one in my household does FB anymore 🙁

  3. Yes, I have some strong opinions on politics, religion, and other such “stuff” – as I am sure many others do as well. And when (or if) I want to share them I can go find some discussion site devoted to that. Although, in my experience, people seldom willing to put down their own bullhorn long enough to actually consider the validity of an opposing viewpoint is rare to vanishing, that is usually time not well spent anyway. So, I don’t care which way FB leans or censors.

    What I wanted with FB is a place to keep up with friends and family. Maybe view/post pics of the kids or places that have recently given me a warm feeling. That sort of stuff… And with the revelations about FB, I guess I’m still looking.

  4. I just set up a business account on Nap-Sack. It seems to have the features that people on this stream are requesting. It has a Facebook-like interface. It appears to have a small audience, but any alternative to Facebook has to start somewhere.

    • It is not ready for prime-time.
      For example, when responding to ‘connect requests’ and going to look at the person sending the request you get a blank page saying you are not authorized to look at that profile.
      Plus, I don’t see what makes this that much more secure than FB except that it is not as big and powerful yet.
      There needs to be a fundamentally different model where the community somehow owns and protects the control of the code and data.

      • I have a 30+ websites on different platforms, and I think SMF could be a more or less ideal platform, partly because near unlimited child boards e.g. from world>continents>countries>regions/provinces/counties>municipalities>towns/villages>areas and or streets for rss feed news . (local)moderators and combined with chat you can chat with whoever is in a certain (child) board without disclosing data (except the moderators-webmasters who have to be member to moderate/adminster) . Every member has a profile page, and can send pm’s to other members besides the mentioned chatoption, it has also a portal with frontpage.Cause it’s UTF-8 it can handle every language, and I myself put a google translate button on my dutch or english pages so it can be read in as many languages as google translate has (and yes that works cause i get traffic from ALL those countries) . Sofar I have a smf for local use, one for national and others on several subjects.

  5. I STARTED OUT YEARS AGO WITH MY SPACE….NOW, IT’S JUST NOISE BETWEEN THE MUSICIANS…I WANT A PLACE WHERE I CAN SHARE THE GOOD STUFF, FAMILY, FRIENDS, WITHOUT SOMEONE TELLING ME WHERE TO GO AND WHAT I CAN OR CAN’T SAY….

  6. We are now nap-sack.com and we are the true alternative to Facebook. Give us a try. We don’t sell to third party interest groups and we will not give up any personal data for profit. We mean it.

    • I tried to set up an account at nap-sack.com
      It had a field called ‘location’. I tried to enter my country, my city, all kinds of things there. It just gave me a generic error every time I hit ‘submit’ with no information about what they are demanding in that field. So, I gave up ;p
      I have developed software for over 30 years so find it pretty amazing to provide such a horrible user experience. Didn’t set high expectations for the rest of the site for sure…

      • Have you actually given it a try? I don’t know what happened, but others are getting on with no problem. Please contact me and I would be happy to go through it with you, but you’re wrong about the site and I am more than happy to help you. I’m on it right now. Contact me.

        • As I said I tried many times. Maybe they changed something to try to make sure people added what they wanted in that field or something. It is just a text field but nothing I entered seemed to satisfy its hidden requirement…

          • I don’t get it. Many have tried with no problem. Are you David last name start with an S? Also, please allow me to go through it for you. I will even set it up just so I can see what you’re talking about. That is if you already created a profile.

        • No, I was not able to continue as hard as I tried.
          It said something about illegal characters in the location field and would not let me continue. All I had in that field were the names of cities and such with spaces. Maybe you need to look at the error checking on that field.
          It is best practice to accept whatever characters are entered and move on or if you are going to block a user from proceeding to explain exactly what was found that is illegal.

          • I am lost because it does accept characters in that field, especially if it is a legitimate city and state. If you can do me a favor. Can you please go to the contact on the site, give me your information and let me create a profile for you. This way I can see for myself what is wrong. I would need your DOB, full name, email address, political preference, race, education, occupation, relationship status and that should be it.

        • wow, you seem scammy Marc. Maybe you should take “no thank you” as an answer! I was interested until you started pushing so hard, now I’m just suspicious.

          • I had a bit of an issue trying to set up my account as well. It took me three tries. I think it was my password that was the issue. It wouldn’t accept symbols.

  7. I am done with Facebook for all of the above stated reasons. I am looking for a FB type platform which remains politically neutral and allows all users to express their views.

  8. It’s now nap-sack.com. We are the alternative to Facebook and we allow freelance journalist to use our site to show off their work.

  9. I created nap-sack.org. It has a look like Facebook, similar features, but different. I would like to be the true alternative to Facebook. Check it out.

  10. I’m just looking for a place that will display all the latest articles from sites I “Liked”. Maybe with an option to share. Basically a Facebook clone, but not Facebook. They’ve become complete nazis (the site,not the people).

    • Most of his article is absurd. Poorly written in several ways including its gross departure from the thematic statement, it best serves as a validation of the popular contention that today’s internet bloggers are poorly educated “hacks”…

  11. Hi. Seeking ideas for a social network niche. Not political, not a place to vent your anger or frustration, just a useful platform where people can find new friends, share information, ideas and hobbies. A social network for ??????????

    • Basically run with a platform similar to farce book ! Except keep it a level playing field for all , political opinions etc should not censured! The UN has no right to stop anyone from critique of a religion, political ideology, long as your an adult what you post should be only condemned by those in that group!

  12. Facebook is geting progressively left wing-criticise islam- you’re banned from posting.
    Same if you criticise the labour government banned- no appeal !
    If facebook really wanted to be democratic in it’s policies, instead of a totalitarian, on line ‘megastate that dictates what is posted, their would be a ‘appeal’ procedure in place — there is no such thing !

    • I’m on the opposite side of the political spectrum as you, and have many similar frustrations. It makes me think there’s a deeper problem leading to similar symptoms hitting both “sides”. Either way, I’m getting tired of Facebook’s dictatorial “service”, that’s increasingly tailored for the organizations buying our data, and less focused on the individual users.

      • Facebook’s anti-right movement comes from the pressure of different people, organisations and even governments (Germany and USA are prime examples of that), while their anti-left (less yet still present) policies come either from other governments such as Eastern European ones, Asian ones, or the sheer extremism that left posts started to have (feminists saying they want to burn all men then wondering why they’re banned, for example). Either way, it seems Facebook takes its “you are the product” ideal to the extreme, we have no right whatsoever over our data, while they have the right to outright ban us for the stupidest things ever. That is the lack of serious competition combined with the social pressure, and I am tired of all that. We need another platform…

  13. Listing Instagram and Tinder as alternatives is simply wrong. Instagram is no alternative, since it’s owned by FB. Tinder is no alternative, since it requires a FB account for you to use it.

  14. I really hate facebook and want to find an alternative.
    I use facebook as an yellow-page. For those whom (I meet) I would like to know their background or their experiences……I can only look at the facebook. However, there seems to have no alternative for this points.

  15. Add one more to the list, Nojoto. Just found it. It is awesome especially the image uploading section, these guys are very creative. They have an android app available on Google play store.

  16. I agree with all that you have stated here. It so true, there are people who have no one to be with or speak with. We all need someone to keep going. Even owning an animal is better than being alone. I have been attacked on Facebook for posting my own family pictures. People have pretended to friend me for about a year then stole my children’s & my pics. I am looking for another site because i am sick of the trash on Facebook.

    • We can start our own Facebook alternative. Become founders and set our own all inclusive rules for everyone. But set safe rules for those under 18 users. We just need a volunteer with computer savy enough to design it for themselves and us free.

  17. You need to be a proper person with a suit and tie on Facebook. You are not allowed to have a subversive side to your personality. You’re not allowed to oppose American imperialism. I can’t find any way to maintain a presence on network. I once had 4500 groups including one of 178000. And then, Hey, Bisto! my account was gone and my control of groups and pages.

    I’d like something like Facebook with a group arrangement. Minds is good. Google Plus is good. But nothing is out there that approaches the flexibility of Facebook.

    I keep trying. So many people find fault with Facebook you would think some technical type could find an opportunity there.

    • I agree entirely ! Seems all it takes is one critic of a meme! One person with a complete lack of a funny bone and your banished! I posted a meme that said hitler would love modern democrats! Busted? Which is complete garbage, compared to celebrities calling for the assassination of politicians WTH is that?

      • Agree, let the new improved FB (Not) be social, sharing and about personal profiles, buy, sell, trade sites, chat capable, friend and unfriend, one simple abide by policy … Respect and have a report abuse button. Allow ads of course but actually have them by edit/choice. Personal Info not sold or shared to outside sources. This is doable but common sense suggests this may require a forty or fifty dollar per year membership just to keep it safe, honest and with less corruption. Any clean wide spread social network service will have basic expenses and would be well worth a small fee. Besides, a few bucks a year is enough to keep young children and most unworthies away! 😉

    • On nap-sack.com you can be yourself and expires yourself as you wish. As long as threats or racist attacks are not introduced.

  18. minds.com
    -Facebook -type social media platform with open source and innovative ways of reaching audience. Still in beta and mostly focused on different subjects and channels, rather than personal profiles.

  19. My chief concern with FB is censorship. Zuckerberg aids and abets any criticism of the evils of islam from 3rd world Pakistan to the EU. He is a globalist. I Soros’s jr. apprentice just like Gates.

    • Yep. it is not out of control. Like Hitler , just blocking people who post things they dont like especially political posts. It has shifted to ring wing viewpoints. Hence why I deleted my account

    • Odd you should mention that. As a former FBook devotee when they (after seven years) required for very personal information, drivers licence info etc that I never give out, I realized for what they were offering was not worth the information tney wanted,. Had they called my listed ph# they could ha e proven to themselves i was a real human. A blessing in disguise it tuened out to be though. No more negativity, no more sitting on the edge of rage every day. Feeling much better now.

      • Had a similar experience. I use an alias online. Some retired security government type decided to “report” me for not having a real name, after which FB required a photo ID I politely left. No discussion about it. I do not give my photo ID out online to anyone. That’s the whole POINT of an alias. I didn’t marry them, and I don’t miss them. I emailed him and informed him that if he bothered to search, or has any talent searching online, he could find my real name connected with my alias quite easily himself.

    • I agree MeWe should definitely be on the list. It takes a bit to get use to, but the community is great. You can truly tailor the groups and interactions to fit your style. If you don’t like what groups are available make your own.

  20. VK is also a big facebook alternative with over 100 Million active users per month and is the biggest social site in Russia followed by facebook. I hope you will consider adding it in the article.

    • WordPress, Deviant Art, Google Plus, Webstore.com, Flickr, etc . . . I think the only reason some of the others don’t replace FB is because FB has gotten people used to being there, and invested there, and it’s big. If everyone uses it, then it’s problematic to connect everywhere. Just remember, it’s EVERYWHERE. That kind of gives me a huge pause.

  21. I find it highly hypocritical that Facebook makes it’s users prove their identity with a government issued ID which they check against a database. This from a bunch of leftist democrats who are violently against voter ID laws. The irony BURNS. I would agree with the other poster here that these other sites are nothing like the FB interface.

      • You are Wrong! Fuckerburg censors all right-wing information. Facebook is run by the Progressive Democrats aka The “Commies” in America! You are Right about our information being accessed daily by the Government.

    • Their hypocrisy doesn’t affect me. Wierd people showing up on my doorstep does. Give out your real name, and guess what? Crammed inbox, home phone calls from scammers, criminals. They are all out there gathering information also. They troll Facebook pages for a living. It’s very profitable. It’s profitable for Facebook also.

  22. I agree with Mr Smith. Facebook getting too powerful. I tried to log in with Tor , and I lost an account with more than 200 pictures of my neighborhood.Facebook is blocking me and ask for my real ID card.I do not feel confortable uploading online id card.
    Curiously in the review they forgot to mention my space , google plus. and the the russian Facebook, Vkontakte. (That has english version ).

    • You are right ppaul. In a similar fashion, I have lost my facebook access. All my photos (sweet memories of my grandfather, friends and relatives)and sharing present on my account was lost. This happened as I moved to a different location. When I tried to access my account it showed me a lot of queries about verify my identity. For the same, I have almost forgotten the relevant information because it was created way back.
      So I am looking to figure out a social media account where I can keep memories alive for forever. And can access it from anywhere without any trouble.
      Cheers!!

  23. We a real alternative to Facebook really soon or Mark Zuckerberg will control all news on the planet and he too sympathetic to censorship and working with governments that are pro censorship like China, and US government agencies like, NSA,CIA,HLS,in programs like Prism. If someone doesn’t challenge this platform we will lose our freedom of speech the First Amendment,from there the United States will quickly become a totalitarian regime, more so that it has already become.

  24. Well, Anne, it sounds you’re quite lost to the real world out there, if you can’t live without posting how you feel, on Facebook. Think again, how much more quality time you will enjoy when you tell a real living person about how you feel, huhh? Facebook is for toddlers who hardly can stand on their own two feet and don’t think for themselves, copying other people’s opinion, related to the amount of likes given to it.

    • Yeah, what Layla said.

      Seriously, FB is what you make of it and for many people it has become a public forum where they share with each other all sorts of news, news alternatives and political articles. It had a profound effect on the last election as did Twitter. The problem with FB, is that it has become an enemy of truth through adoption of corporate models, as did Twitter, Redddit, Instagram, Snapchat, Google+, and Youtube for starters.

      FB has joined the globalist elites in censorship and downright political manipulation. There seems to be no preventing such from happening to any site that grows a large enough base of influence to be bought up by corporate interests but hey it’s free. The only way to prevent a service becoming a puppet corporate service is to have a subscription model where the subscribers actually own the site and all changes must be approved by them, but people are too damn cheap to pay, so they endure censorship and ignore its faults.

      Remember in 2015, when FB was caught using its members as rats in an experiment by posting stories to make them angry, sad, and the whole gambit of emotions? Does anyone really think they care one wit about you?

    • @Mirian – It’s so easy for people to comment and say things like, “Facebook is for toddlers who hardly can stand on their own two feet and don’t think for themselves, copying other people’s opinion, related to the amount of likes given to it.” I understand where you are coming from – and I may even agree with what you are saying – person to person relationships are critical to human beings – it’s a fact that people who are alone many times die earlier and suffer physical and mental maladies if their relationship needs are not met. However, I do not agree with the way in which you verbalised it. It sounded completely condescending.
      There are hundreds of thousands of people in this world who are home-bound for many different reasons – whether that be due to disabilities, or serious illness. Maybe they are elderly, and frail. Whatever the reason – everyone feels less alone when they have someone to talk to – even if it’s to share a recipe – or a story about a dear loved one who passed away – or just to reach out because they’ve had a rotten day and they have joined a facebook group that gives them support. I don’t know all of the reasons why – but i do know that there are many people that fall into that category. It’s easy to tell someone to put their big-boy pants on and go out into the world when we ourselves – have an easy time doing that. But we need to realize that some do not. I do not like Facebook – not at all. For all of the reasons mentioned above by other posters, I left Facebook. The final straw for me was the announcement that all of the posts were to be censored – we are looking more and more like a totalitarian society – and honestly? Anyone who is not gravely concerned – should be.

  25. None of these are anything like facebook. I want to simply post how Im feeling, and interact with people by posting. Having a bio, yes, but mostly just to make friends.

    • You’re right Anne, FB is like a Swiss Knife, the big problem now with FB is that your privacy is compromised. People want FB like platforms but with more security and privacy. Example Privacy for surname or Profile pic that doesn’t have to be your Real Face on it.

      All the alternative given sites do something but missed the point by a mile wide of Being like FB.

    • Linkedin is a viable alternative to Facebook. You can do all the same things without any of the control that Facebook puts on it’s users.

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