6 Social Networks You May Have Overlooked
Other Social Networks
While you may only be concerned with Twitter and Facebook, there are plenty of up and coming social networks trying to find their niche. These sites are still growing and are on their way to web prominence. Here are 5 you may not have heard of (and one you have).
Whisper takes all the things you would never say and lets your broadcast it to the world. On it, people take photos, either stock or personal, and add text that reveals a secret about them anonymously. Needless to say, it can get very shocking. Posts emerge from the dark corners of your mind like depression and anxieties; to lighter notes of hope, love and optimism. It’s safe to say that Secret is the deep social network. Photos can be viewed from your web browser, but to post and comment you will need to download it onto your smart phone.
Nextdoor is the social network based around where you live. People who you interact with are literally your neighbors. This may seem a bit counterintuitive, as you should be able to maintain social ties to people you live next to quite easily. Either way, this network creates a great forum for people to discuss the interesting events happening within their communities. Did someone break into your house? Post about it to easily notify your neighbors to keep alert. Need a babysitter? Ask for recommendations from people you can trust with Nextdoor.
Path, ironically, is the ‘private’ social network. What that means is that your profile is limited to only the people you are actually friends with. With a ‘friend cap’ at only 150 people, the idea here is that these should be the people you care about. Rather than Facebook or Twitter, where the amount of connections you can make is virtually endless, Path wants the user to honor quality over quantity. This means a much simpler algorithm to their feed. Unlike Facebook that has a detailed method to show you posts from people that (it thinks) you would like to see, Path simply shows you what your friends are doing in chronological order.
We Heart It
If Instagram and Pinterest had a beautiful love child, it would be We Heart It. This newly growing network is a photo-sharing app that prides itself on having pretty and thought provoking images. And, playing off the name, they are trying to only spread the love. How? By allowing the only interaction between users and posts be by ‘hearting’ them- that means no comments thus preventing any potential Internet bullying or cyber-hate. This strategy is working, as they are priding themselves on scooping up young teens that are getting tired of Facebook and are looking for smaller networks to call their own.
Can’t find enough ways to communicate with your significant other? Well then this is the app for you! Couple is the social app made specifically for couples. Now you can post all your memories and view them easily. Share lists for everything from groceries to future goals as well as calendars. Play games and share ‘finger kisses’. Now you can chronicle your entire romantic life from one spot. Just… y’know, don’t break-up or this app is kind of useless.
Remember this relic of social media gone wrong? Well, despite the mass exodus of users, this site still limps along. But things have changed a lot since the days of ‘top 8 friends’ and ugly HTML customization. Now, Myspace is trying to be cool by becoming the artist discovery social network. With huge images and articles, Myspace is attempting to shift to entertainment and define its voice. Visually, it looks great, with a universal music player at the bottom so you can listen to new music everywhere on the site, interesting articles about all things pop, and super blown up images and an (odd) horizontal scroll. Myspace is really trying to stay relevant and it has made a great attempt to define itself, but the fact that I’m mentioning it here means it has a ways to go before it can relish the popularity it used to hold.
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