Yes, quite a few actually.
I am shocked. I looked something up on Google and, the next thing I know, it’s staring back at me… on Facebook.
I mean, yes, sometimes product placement is good, but not when it’s blatantly being targeted at me through my browser cookies and search history. What if I had been looking for a new mate for Josh the Dildo and my son used Facebook straight after?
I know, I know. Facebook doesn’t link to porn sites and such, but my point is this – what I look for on a site that is not Facebook is not Facebook’s business. So I got searching for alternatives.
Say ‘ello to the advert-free, anti-Facebook social network called Ello. With over 30,000 new people signing up every hour, it’s one of the fastest growing social media platforms in the world, and it’s got privacy settings that put Facebook’s to shame. Check it out at www.ello.co
A search engine that doesn’t collect IP addresses or track searches? Yep, it exists! It’s called www.DuckDuckGo.com and it’s been around since 2008. I obviously agree with you in that it’s not Google, but, hey, it respects your privacy simply because it’s NOT Google.
Imagine having the ability to retrieve and erase your online data without multi-million lawsuits. It’s not a dream; it’s a reality thanks to www.joindiaspora.com, a user-owned project that decentralises information so that big corporations can’t use it for their personal gain.
If it’s not the privacy settings that bug you, but rather the stupid posts people put up, why not join This? It’s a social network that allows users to post only one post a day – imagine that luxury! – and its name is so, so cool! Check it out at www.this.cm
Do you know of any other alternatives to Facebook?