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Old 01-31-2019, 02:16 AM   #1
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MeWe (or other Facebook alternatives)


What do you think about MeWe social platform (https://mewe.com/)?
Who here uses it? Are some of you prime/paid users?

There are positive reactions on the Internet but it has only 2+ million users (figures from July 2018), which of course is negligible compared to Facebook which has around 1000x more. So I think the difficult part here is to convince your relations to be on this platform...

Or do you use other Facebook alternatives?
 
Old 01-31-2019, 02:28 AM   #2
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I'd never even heard of it until reading this post. It does, at least from the little of what I've read in it's FAQ, sound interesting, but it goes back to the point of: I personally have zero interest in telling the world what I've had for lunch, what I'm going to have for dinner, what I think about joe blow down the road (I've had nothing for lunch if you must know).

So I'm unlikely to take it for a spin anytime soon, let alone "pay" for it. I don't even pay for pay TV (not that I really watch a lot of TV anyways), so why am I going to "pay" to tell the world what I've had for lunch today...
 
Old 01-31-2019, 02:37 AM   #3
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I personally have zero interest in telling the world what I've had for lunch, what I'm going to have for dinner, what I think about joe blow down the road
And I couldn't give a rats arse either ...

Amazing how many folks think everybody will happily climb on board the Facebook fiasco. I couldn't sign up to a dog school because they insisted on it - neighbourhood watch is heading the same way ...
 
Old 01-31-2019, 07:55 AM   #4
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Amazing how many folks think everybody will happily climb on board the Facebook fiasco. I couldn't sign up to a dog school because they insisted on it - neighbourhood watch is heading the same way ...
I find it extremely irritating when businesses don't have a real website, but only a FB page, basically assuming that everyone has FB.
 
Old 01-31-2019, 08:14 AM   #5
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MEWE is different. It is not really trying to be a facebook clone, more a replacement for Google+ (which has been declared at EOL by Google). They are far more responsive than facebook and it is evolving far more rapidly as a result. I follow various Linux related groups there, as well as NASA.
 
Old 01-31-2019, 04:54 PM   #6
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I can't remember why I signed up for google+ - seemed to be required for something. Went through the rigmarole, and said "no" to everything since I basically didn't want to be there anyway. At the end it said something like "You are going to be very lonely".

Made my day.
 
Old 02-01-2019, 12:21 PM   #7
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Some other fb alternatives are mentioned at https://opensource.com/article/19/1/...-alternatives: diaspora and friendica
But there are less users than MeWe apparently...
Do some LQ members use one of them?
 
Old 02-01-2019, 03:28 PM   #8
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what i think could happen, is a few alternatives to facebook will appear on the internet scene, and a few will get popular, and the most popular ones will get LOTS of users, then the cost of supporting all that bandwidth and hardware to handle all that data will go up, then some businessmen will approach the people running that new and popular facebook alternative and tell them how they can get rich quick then it will be the same old shit all over again with the dirty shenanigans turning that nice clean facebook alternative in to a dataminer using people as a commodity to get rich

if a new alternative to facebook happens it will have to be run by people that dont give a shit about getting rich at the expense of the users on that website, it will have to be run by an idealist like Richard Stallman (if he really care more about freedom than money)
 
Old 02-01-2019, 09:05 PM   #9
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Some other fb alternatives are mentioned at https://opensource.com/article/19/1/...-alternatives: diaspora and friendica
But there are less users than MeWe apparently...
Do some LQ members use one of them?
I exist on pluspora (part of diaspora for G+ refugees) and mewe. I cannot speak about friendi.ca.
 
Old 02-02-2019, 04:30 AM   #10
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what about mastodon? i have seen that quite often recently.
 
Old 02-02-2019, 10:30 AM   #11
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^ I've been told Mastodon is more a Twitter-like and this thread is about Facebook alternatives

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Old 02-04-2019, 01:02 AM   #12
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I consider that a odious breach of security and don't want my photo or personal information posted for public consumption as a monument to ego. I'm boring when you get down to it and want to keep it that way.

That info can be put to nefarious use and deflate that ego like a week old balloon. Worse yet, you may never be aware of it having been done.

It can happen.
 
Old 02-04-2019, 10:14 AM   #13
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I find it extremely irritating when businesses don't have a real website, but only a FB page, basically assuming that everyone has FB.
Agreed. Unfortunately it is way too easy (for some) to make such an assumption: no hosting fees, no domain registration, no developers needed. Convenient? Maybe. Wise? In my opinion, No. Some people (not sure about businesses) do not even want to pay for their phone calls anymore, because of w****app. Therefore everybody else "must" be there too, according to them. So many data are being loaded into the Hog's mouth everyday, without thinking much about it. And, if I'm not mistaken, it all started as in the OP's words:

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There are positive reactions on the Internet but it [MeWe] has only 2+ million users (...). So I think the difficult part here is to convince your relations to be on this platform...

Last edited by Philip Lacroix; 02-04-2019 at 04:00 PM.
 
Old 02-05-2019, 01:52 AM   #14
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^ wise words.

I still remember how facebook seemed like a really cool idea in 2007.

fwiw, our (very very small, non-IT) company has its own website without any social media buttons.
it fulfils its purpose.
 
Old 02-05-2019, 02:26 AM   #15
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... and don't want my photo or personal information posted for public consumption
You wish.
Go to a party, CCTV and/or your mates uploading photos with a list of people there. Doesn't take long for the AI to piecce together who you are, where you go, when, and who your associates are. Your profile emerges.

It's (probably) already happened.
 
  


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