Over on a microcast at Patreon (subscribers only, I’m afraid) I referenced an email conversation I’ve been having about getting people off Facebook.
WIRED has a handy list of apps that replicate the functionality of the platform. It’s important to bear in mind that no other platform has the same feature set as Facebook. Of course it doesn’t, because no other platform has the dollars and support of the military-industrial complex quite like Facebook.
Nevertheless, here’s what WIRED suggests:
- Newsfeed: Nuzzel / Digg
- Messenger: Signal
- Events: Paperless Post / Doodle
- Groups: GroupMe
- Third-party logins: 1Password / LastPass
(Note: I haven’t included ‘birthday reminders’ as that would have involved linking to a Facebook help page, and I don’t link to Facebook. Full stop.)
I’ve used, and like, all of the apps on that list, with the exception of Paperless Post, which looks like it’s iOS-only.
OK, so it’s not easy getting people off a site that provides so much functionality, but it’s certainly possible. Lead by example, people.