When I decided to look into a Facebook alternative I knew there were a few things I was looking for. To me the most important thing was privacy. I really do not like the idea of companies owning and selling everything I decide to share with my friends and family. Second, the site had to be user friendly. Knowing that with any new site there will be a learning curve, I still didn’t want to have to invest a lot of time into learning a new site. Lastly, I wanted to find a site that had the features that I use most.
Over the last month I have tried over 100 sites. Rather than bore you with a huge list of less than perfect sites I chose my top 3.
My second choice is Diaspora. Diaspora is also a privacy based site. They let you sort your connections into small groups that they call aspects. This allows you to control who sees your photos and wall posts. Like Enukee, you maintain ownership of everything you share and this is a huge plus for me. One of the things I really enjoyed about Diaspora, was that you don’t have to go on a wild goose chase to find the privacy settings. Currently, the site is only in ALPHA testing, because of this it lacks the amount of quality users I was looking for in my quest. Overall, it’s a great site and worthy of a trial.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a Facebook alternative, you will soon find that there are many choices available. Decide what is important to you and do your research. I believe with all the great choices out there you will find one that meets your needs. Social networking isn’t necessarily a one size fits all market. Try a few and let me know the ones that you like best!