Facebook has had a rough period spanning the last seven or eight months.
Regulators and various activists have accused the company of discrimination and policy loopholes.
After all the greedy advertising mechanisms, the political mess, the data breaches, a ton of users have come to realize that Facebook is simply not just a place to meet family and friends.
Facebook is still pretty much the biggest social network in the world.
However, it just does not offer any fun to its visitors anymore.
We have written this guide for users who have finally come to the realization that they need to leave Facebook.
Of course, the obvious question that arises from this is:
What are the alternatives?
How can one replace Facebook?
More importantly, would any of the user’s friends come with the user to a new platform?
Well, the fortunate news here is that modern online users have a ton of alternatives to replace each and every aspect of the social network we call Facebook.
The Facebook experience does not have to be at Facebook anymore.
Moreover, the alternatives do not necessarily have to come from services such as WhatsApp and Instagram which Facebook owns.
This guide for people who want to completely and comprehensively extricate themselves from the empire that Zuckerberg has built upon the private data of people.
So here are all the best Facebook alternatives that users should give a try out to in order to see if leaving Facebook is worth it.
Facebook alternative: Move all photos and videos to Google Photos
For obvious reasons, the internet is filled with applications that want to take people’s photos.
And there are some very good options.
Options that range from the Apple iCloud service to Microsoft OneDrive to Dropbox.
However, at the time of writing this report, our research shows that Google Photos is the one service that makes sense for the most number of people.
And that is the case not least because of the fact that Google Photos offers users to store a virtually unlimited number of videos and photos if the users just agree on letting the service shrink their pictures right down to 16 MP (megapixels) and their video clips down to FHD or 1080p.
Of course, users have the option of paying Google some money in order to store everything that they own at full resolution and original size.
Google Photos also has the advantage over Apple iCloud in the sense that Google Photos has apps available for the iOS platform as well as the Android platform.
Moreover, we have found it easier to make use of what Google Photos has to offer on the web and Windows operating system than Apple iCloud’s Photo Library.
Now, with that said, if there is a user out there who spends most of his/her time on the macOS and iOS platform then it would make sense that the user may never want to move away from the Apple route.
However, Google Photos is definitely the number one option because of it broader appeal to a major chunk of Facebook escapees.
Now we come to the part where Google Photos actually replaces some of the years that Facebook offers to users.
Facebook provides users with features that allow them to share videos and photos.
These features are fairly straightforward to replicate.
Google Photos does that well enough and provides users with enough control so that they can easily access their albums and photos in a more granular fashion.
The other advantage of using Google Photos is that it offers users some really advanced features such as its ability to tag faces on its own without any user input by looking at the user’s contacts.
It even automatically suggests different people that the user might want to share his/her albums and photos with.
Users who find this as a creepy feature can turn it off in a jiffy by going to the settings menu.
It might seem hard to believe now but there was a time when one of the main reasons why people used Facebook was to share photos.
That feature alone was responsible for Facebook’s meteoric rise when it first came onto the scene.
If one thinks about it, back then, there were no apps that allow users to share their snaps with all of their friends without making any effort and completely online.
However, now the situation has changed.
Now, modern online users have a ton of other quality apps and photo sharing options to choose from.
Users no longer have to turn to Facebook and chain themselves to the platform just because there is nothing else out there.
Google Photos comes for free on the iOS and Android platform.
Facebook alternatives: Move messages now to someplace else
A lot of online consumers rely on the official app of Facebook Messenger for their daily communication.
It is precisely because of its importance that it is very hard to recommend an alternative.
The tricky part to understand here is that, most of the problems that come with switching from one platform to another have to do with one’s friends.
Or more precisely, where one’s friends are.
And this is where Facebook is still the greatest platform on the planet.
Almost everyone that a typical online consumer knows would be on Facebook in one way or another.
The user who wants to move away from Facebook has to find a way to make his/her friends move as well.
Some users try to shift away from Facebook by moving to WhatsApp.
They also tell their friends to start using WhatsApp more often.
While there is nothing wrong with that, the simple fact is that Facebook owns and controls WhatsApp.
Another option is Apple iMessage.
Moreover, the problem with Apple iMessage is that it is only available to those users or the user’s friends who happen to own an iPhone device.
Apart from that, Apple iMessage has gained quite a bit of notoriety for making it very difficult for users to leave the platform once they have joined in.
Apple iMessage also has a positive side, however.
It offers users everything that they could ever want from an online and modern messaging app and/or service.
It provides users with the ability to share videos and photos and also offers features such as group chats as well as message encryption along with many other useful tools.
The other problem with moving away from Facebook in this category is that Google has nothing to offer.
Currently, all of Google’s messaging apps are in a terrible mess.
Google Hangouts is more than a reasonable messaging app but no one really uses it anymore.
We have already mentioned the fact that Facebook is in charge of services such as WhatsApp and Instagram.
That is the reason why there are very few genuine Facebook alternatives in terms of messaging.
The only decent alternatives that we have managed to find are Telegram and Signal.
Security Gladiators clearly prefers the Signal app as the best app and the reason for that is the fact that Signal makes use of a stronger encryption implementation.
However, both of these alternatives provide users with world class facilities for groups, media, calls, and messages along with much more.
The main problem remains the same though.
If the user does decide to jump the Facebook ship, he/she still has to convince all of this friends and family to switch from Facebook as well.
And that is a big problem.
Of course, there is always the option of falling back to the old option of making use of SMS.
The main advantage of using the SMS option for communications is that the user can rest assured that all of his/her family and friends would have the opportunity to use it.
However, as is obvious, the option of communication via SMS does not provide users with the same kind of group chat and/or media sharing capabilities.
Users who want that in their SMS facility will have to wait until the upgraded protocol from Google (that the company is working hard to push into the market) gets its deserved attention.
One SMS apps including that of Apple’s along with phone carriers start adopting that protocol at a wider scale, the world can truly enter the modern age of SMS.
In any case, Signal is available for users to download for free on the iOS and Android platform.
Facebook alternatives: Twitter for all the news of the world
Twitter, for good or bad, languishes behind the likes of Facebook and others in terms of the final count of its user base.
That’s why the stakes here are slightly lower than other social media platforms.
Of course, that may not be true.
However, in the category of news, there is hardly a social media app that is more competent than Twitter.
It does news better than anyone else.
The first thing that Twitter solves for a lot of online consumers is control.
Online consumers want to have control over their news, what they read and what they see.
Twitter also gets all the news earlier than any other social media platform.
Moreover, Twitter has a much less cluttered user interface than Facebook.
That is an advantage as well.
Users who want to follow international, national and local news sources do not really have a better choice than Twitter.
Of course, even with that, it is just a place for users to start their Facebook-free life.
However, users also have the option of keeping a good eye on what is relevant and what is not via Twitter.
Twitter has these hashtags to share particular news.
Each user is allowed to create one on its own.
Twitter also allows users to create a list of their own if they want to keep their news pretty much separate from their socializing experiences.
Twitter also offers users a boosted online news experience.
All that the user has to do there is to connect his/her account to a thing called TweetDeck.
This is where users can actually access more advanced filter and search tools.
Users have the option of picking any given news story and actually search that story on Twitter.
Facebook can help in that respect as well but Twitter is way better at it.
Twitter’s aim is to get information to the user as fast as possible.
On the other hand, Facebook wants to put the entire online existence of all its users in a digital form.
Twitter provides a way for users to have nothing about them on their profile.
They don’t have to provide a single piece of information about themselves and still get all the news that they need.
Just try and imagine how that would look if all that the user has ever seen is Facebook.
With that said, it is also true that Twitter is not the online social media utopia that some thought it would become.
Twitter actually comes with its very own set of known issues.
However, despite those issues, it is still able to provide users with enough content to stay up to date with anything and everything that is happening around their environment, that is, the world.
The other great thing about Twitter is that, the user does not have to do any kind of Tweeting in order to consume content on the site.
And that is a welcome feature as well.
At the time of writing this guide, users could download the official Twitter app for the iOS and Android platform.
Facebook alternative: Stories have to go to Snapchat
Of course, just like all the other social media services and messaging apps, Snapchat has got huge problems of its own.
However, there is a good reason why the likes of Instagram and Facebook have lifted a ton of features from its services.
Snapchat, more or less, is the pioneer of that very specific style of interacting and participating in social networking which makes a ton of more sense, especially in the digital modern age.
What we mean to say is that, the company is responsible for a lot of innovations in the industry.
Snapchat can stamp its name on innovations such as quick, fast, small and blurry shots rather than the old perfectly crafted masterpieces of photography.
It also brought back the feature of photos and messages that did not record the user’s messages and other content for all eternity.
Snapchat also brought features such as one-to-one sharing as well as group sharing.
And how can one forget Snapchat giving the world the concept of 24-hour user-generated stories?
Users who want to add stories of their own to Snapchat will find that the process is fun and simple.
Basically, Snapchat provides users with these stickers, along with effects and filters along with a lot of other stuff that they can use to further polish their stories.
A recent Snapchat update actually added the feature of allowing users to tag their friends in their stories as well.
These stories only stick around for a short and sweet single day.
After that, these stories go out of existence.
Of course, users have the option of saving them to their smartphone devices if they would like that.
But again, the big stumbling block would remain exactly where it was before.
There is no easy way to get all of one’s friends and family to follow one’s Snapchat account and then migrate to Snapchat as well.
Readers may not know this but people actually have to follow a given user if they want to watch his/her stories.
In this case, we believe that the user has very little choice but to make his/her stories really really good.
More like irresistibly good.
After ensuring that, it is not a bad idea to put trailers of those stories and video content on sites like Instagram.
Snapchat is currently available for free on the iOS and Android platform.
Facebook alternative: Use Google Calendar to add various events.
Facebook still counts features such as events as a big part of its overall service.
So maybe it is time for the reader of this guide to actually use the events feature to RSVP some very important upcoming event to people he/she knows?
The fact is, a lot of users cannot leave Facebook and/or get out because they have gotten used to the platform’s events feature.
This is especially true for those people who are making use of Facebook in order to promote their own shows and events.
However, when we’re talking about creating one-off private events, we think that Google Calendar can easily replace Facebook.
Or at least, it is a reasonable replacement.
Besides, there is a high chance that the majority of the people that the user knows actually happen to have an official Google account stored somewhere for some purpose.
But even if they do not have a Google account, there are web browser extensions out there that allow the user to create one very quickly and efficiently.
Coming to Google Calendar itself and we see it offering users all the usual functions related to planning events.
It offers users the facility to add a location, attach a file and even add some notes.
Apart from that, it even provides users the regular date and time details.
Users have the simple option of inviting people to their events via their email address.
Moreover, if those other people have enabled the option of sharing their own calendars with the person who is inviting them to an event, then the inviting person can even have a look at their calendar to find a suitable time that does not cause problems for anyone.
Google Calendar also allows users to easily manage their guest lists.
Moreover, using the same Google Calendar service, users can sen all of their guests some information via a message if there is a need for that.
This function is very helpful when there is an unexpected change of the event’s venue or something like that.
Users who make use of a lot of other official Google services and apps will find that those services would include the user’s events as well.
To take an example, the user’s Google Home device may not know much about his/her Facebook events, however, it would certainly know more about his/her Google calendar events.
Google Calendar is currently free for users who are on the iOS and Android platform.
Facebook alternatives: GroupMe for all of one’s group needs
Similar to Facebook events, our suspicion is that Facebook’s groups feature is another sticking point for those users who actually want to leave Facebook at the earliest possible opportunity.
A good number of us, would probably have long-standing Facebook groups which are set up around family units, sporting events, social clubs, and schools.
There are lots of other examples, but currently, we’ll stick with these.
So what happens is that as soon as the user has left the group, the user falls out of the loop.
Or at least, that is the way how it feels to some users.
As with all the alternatives that we have mentioned in this guide, the main challenge is not the Facebook alternative itself.
The main challenge is to actually get one’s relatives, work colleagues and friends to follow oneself right down to another platform.
In other words, this strategy may not work for groups such as Saturday afternoon jogging group which may have over 100 members.
However, it could work on a more basic level.
The user is free to simply set up a new group chat conversation in whichever and whatever messaging application that the majority of the people are using.
GroupMe is the best option here.
Microsoft and Skype own GroupMe but that should not be a problem.
GroupMe covers all the basics.
And it does that even for those who do not have the app (via the web),
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