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Finding A New Facebook

Looking for a new way to network? Here is a list of 8 alternate social media apps for you to try.

Fed up of Facebook? Twitter getting on your tits? Well, be as hipster as your heart desires by downloading these apps that are completely overlooked by the 1.2 billion people who are on Facebook every day.

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1. Meerkat

The most up and coming app on the market at the moment is Meerkat, an app that allows you to instantly stream live video from your phone. Due to recent controversy involving Twitter and a security flaw, the app got a lot of publicity and since then its user ratings have rocketed up.

Age: 1 month

# of users: 1 million

2. Yo

Yo is a nice simple app which is supposedly going to take off with the up and coming Apple watches. A bit like a Facebook poke, you just send a “Yo” to your friend to say “Hey, I’m thinking about you…”

New features have seen Yo’s that come with links and locations attached.

Age: 11months old

It’s been downloaded 3 million times and got up to number 3 in the iOS App Store at one point!

3. FireChat

Particularly helpful for your travels or for festival-goers, this app allows you to chat with nearby friends even when there is no internet connection. It works using Wi-Fi signals and Bluetooth connections.

Age: 1 year old

4. Yik Yak

Also anonymous, but this connects with people/Yaks within a 10 mile radius, rather than your friends. I can’t really work out whether this is more or less pointless than Secrets. It comes with several features which include user ratings/voting on individual yaks and Yakarma, a numerical score which measures how successful a user is.

Age: 2 years

5. Secrets

This is an anonymous site where you can add your friends to a network and then not see which friend posts what!? It is meant to encourage fun, debauchery and gossip. I don’t really see the point.

Age: 2yr 1 months

6. Shots

This app only allows photos from the front view camera, perfect for selfies. It boasts a good range of filters including “Live” ones. There is also a private, in app text messaging service. Unlike many other platforms, there are no “likes” or “followers” – “Just be you and don’t worry about anything else,” says the app description on iTunes.

Age: 2yr3 months
# of users: 5 million

7. WeChat
It is the largest standalone messaging app by monthly active users that allows you to send texts via voice messaging start video calls, play games and more with anyone all round the world. It is big in China but it seems to becoming bigger in the UK now too.

Age: 4 years old

WeChat has 438 million active users; with only 70 million outside of China.

8. Bubbly

Bubbly is advertised as “Twitter and Instagram for your voice.” Sounds intriguing. Apparently, you record your voice…then add background music and whatever you like… and somehow add filters… I don’t know. But, Forbes listed it as one of the most successful social networks to watch in 2015, so there must be more to it than meets the eye (ear).

Age: 10 years old

# of users: 30M +

Megan Herdson
Megan is a country girl who moved to the city with some big dreams. She is studying her MA in Creative Writing whilst also managing an American Football Team.  She loves her blog and wants nothing more than to have her words read. That and to win the Championship, obviously. Follow her @MeganAtSMF

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Finding A New Facebook Reviewed by Megan Herdson on Friday, March 27, 2015 Rating: 5
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