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You might have heard recently that Facebook has gone wild with the privacy issues. Facebook is plain evil, they now allow third parties to get your information with no strings attached. While its the second most visited site on the planet, the reputation of Facebook is going down. More and more people want to jump off the facebook ship and find a more secure alternative. I personally want to leave, because I feel like i am being took advantage of. Facebook is making money of me and my personal info, like I’m their little puppet. This is just plain crazy and scary. Just like Myspace died, soon Facebook will too. The only way facebook can keep all its users is if they give us back the privacy rights. Also i would like to give you a glimpse of what CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks of us. With Facebook’s current valuation, the investors should be thinking about replacing him. This doesn’t help Facebook’s public image at all.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook. Facebook helps me stay connected to my friends and family, which is extremely important. I acknowledge that Facebook is privately owned, so they can do what they want and don’t have to answer to shareholders. I honestly feel that they should respond to us and give us more options. We are all the people that made Facebook successful, but we can also all destroy it and leave it behind. So if you’re sick and tired of Facebook, and are willing to switch, we got some great alternatives.

1. Brightkite – is a simple way to keep up with friends and places. We created a product that lets you instantly see what’s going on with the people who matter most to you, your friends. So check out what they’re up to, meet new friends along the way and get out and enjoy your neighborhoods.

2. Friendfeed – is a service that makes it easy to share with friends online. It offers a fun and interactive way to discover and discuss information among friends. Its very similar to twitter and the downside is that its owned by Facebook.

3. Jaiku – brings people closer together by enabling them to have conversations. It offers a way to connect with the people you care about by sharing updates with them on the Web, IM, and SMS – as well as through third-party applications built by other developers using the Jaiku API.

4. 12seconds – is the best place online for video status updates. It’s a super easy way to share what you’re doing with your friends and family using short video clips. You can use your web cam or mobile phone. Show your friends where you are, share your thoughts, or tell them how you’re doing. Something different, but worth a try.

5. Dailybooth – Document and share your life with others. Get real time updates on what your friends and family are doing every day. A fun social network that shows what you’re doing, but with pictures.

6. Plurk – A really snazzy site that allows you to showcase the events that make up your life in deliciously digestible chunks. Low in fat, 5 calories per serving, yet chock full of goodness. A very different and cool approach for social networking.

7. Bebo – It is your life online — a social experience that helps you discover what’s going on with your world and helps the world discover what’s going on with you. Bebo combines community, self-expression and entertainment, enabling you to consume, create, discover, curate and share digital content in entirely new ways. Is owned by AOL and is steadily rising in popularity.

8. Friendster – With more than 115 million members worldwide, Friendster is a leading global online social network. Friendster is focused on helping people stay in touch with friends and discover new people and things that are important to them. Friendster is one of the best sites that allow people to meaningfully participate with others in exciting and fun ways.

9. Hi5 orkut- is a global destination where young people meet and play. As the world’s largest social entertainment destination, our focus is on delivering a fun, interactive, and immersive social experience online to our users around the world.

10. Ordiasporakut – makes it easy to find people who share your hobbies and interests, look for romantic connections or establish new business contacts. You can also create and join a wide variety of online communities to discuss current events, reconnect with old school mates or even exchange your favorite recipes. Is owned by Google, and is very similar to Facebook.

11. Diaspora – will be launching soon, and is looking like the next Facebook. Its a new social networking startup taking aim at Facebook. Check out more info about it at techcrunch.

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Please comment below and tell us how you feel about this whole controversial issue.

Twitter, Myspace, Linkedin, were not included in this roundup for a reason, in case you were wondering.

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov


  1. Thanks Dear Brother for remind me, I feel the same way about privacy and the others. I’m on facebook too but few of friend of mind consider to leave facebook this day because facebook took too many advantages from it users and one thing that really terrible is about everything we uploaded to facebook will not belong to us anymore but its belong to facebook so facebook can use it for its own purpose (people discuss about this one too).

  2. I think it has gotten outta hand, they are basically trying to say we own your info and you have no rights or control about it.

  3. i don’t think we can guarantee at the moment that these other sites mentioned here will respect your privacy. this happens when people get powerful and greedy.

    i agree with your post, based on the latest news and rumors, they seem to be loosing all sense of ethics. but can we ever be sure with a greedy species like us 😉 , with insufficient laws and with our own “share before you think” habits …

  4. Well said, i also agree with you point of view. When greed takes over there no stopin it.

  5. Facebook has become a part of a lot of people’s lives. I think some people are even addicted to it. Not sure if it’ going to be easy for people to make the switch. Only time will tell I guess. 🙂

  6. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  7. Great article and some great choices for switching, I still think Facebook is better than the alternatives and until something better arrive people will stay hooked to the “crackbook”.

    One of the problem I see is that people share too much information about themselves on these social networks , when they really don’t have to. I tend to leave out all that personal information section and try not to talk about personal things on these websites..

    Opps! These are actually not “websites”, they are Web Programs, that store all your information in a large database…forever (even after you think you have deleted it). So I suggest, not filling out the personal information sections on any of these “web programs”.

  8. Great point, its true if you don’t want somebody to see something or know something DON’T PUT IT ON THE INTERNET!

  9. Yeah, it’s good, very useful, thanks 🙂

  10. Did They Recently change the private settings?

  11. Sorry this is from last month, check out the url.

  12. New Social Site “BONGAL” is Online now.

  13. got a tip off a website allmoste like facebook looking

  14. Hm, So i’m happy with this but nevertheless not totally confident, so i am about to research a touch more.

  15. Try – Bactu offers a site where you can create a profile, make friends and broadcast info – but all your contacts and communications are PRIVATE. No groupthink, no popularity contests, no info-stealing and no drama. Nice.

  16. Hey if you want a great alternative to Facebook but still want to be able to connect with friend then check out allows users to chat,play games,share pics and video, and take fun polls. With alot of the same features as Facebook and even more great ones FriendBooc is awesome.Oh,and don’t worry they don’t sell your private info.

  17. I am looking for a social site that does not in any way share or sell my info. I would like to see a model where I would pay a fair subscription fee as I do believe that they need to make money somehow and this seems to be the best way to prevent them from sharing/selling my info via some sort of ad model. Are any of these or others set up as subscription models? I think there are some Wikis set up like this.

  18. Great List..Altly looks to be a future alternative to Facebook. Will have to wait and watch though. If interested, I just posted about altly on my blog at

  19. Why is Necter not on this list? It’s just finished beta and accepting normal signups now.

  20. 12. Necter (

  21. I know a few of the guys that started Privacy was their number one goal when starting it. They started it because of FB’s issues with privacy. It’s fairly new but looks promosing

  22. well this is the thing with changing to a new social networking site. the already existing friends may not be that much into changing sites like you are and you might have to start form the beginning as you did with facebook.

  23. I’d like to know which keep their servers outside the USA as you know Fb profiles are nearly always used in litigation.

  24. nice article! but the easiest way to DELETE your facebook account permanently(and backup ALL yor data) is

    2 clicks and you’re done!

  25. fyi…also check out – social network for social change…where contributing to topics benefits causes…a social way to click for a cause…a topical way to make new connections.

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