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I didn't know in which forum to put this:
Many of us depend a bit on facebook for regional exchange, families and small businesses very much for advertising.
Most of us don't like it, but are there any alternatives? Is something going off at the moment which could replace the much hated facebook?
 
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No, not yet.

Any replacement will need to replicate most of the functionality, but without the drawbacks. And while many are working on it, it will be a while before anyone even comes close.

I say this as someone who was excited about Diaspora, but saw that become a total failure. I haven't logged in for at least a year, and not regularly for several.

A good replacement must be censorship proof (not just resistant) while giving the users control over what they post. There shouldn't be "algorithms" controlling what you see. It definitely needs to be decentralized, not residing on any particular server. It most likely can't be web-based, especially since domain names are controlled by evil forces.

That said, I haven't checked out a few of the newer ones like memo.cash yet. But I'm not hopeful (yet).
 
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Check out Minds.com.  It's a decentralized, open-source, encrypted social network with absolute freedom and no censorship.  I just started using it, and really like the interface so far.
 
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Angelika Maier wrote:I didn't know in which forum to put this:
Many of us depend a bit on facebook for regional exchange, families and small businesses very much for advertising.
Most of us don't like it, but are there any alternatives? Is something going off at the moment which could replace the much hated facebook?



Do you have privacy concerns? Or is it more of an interface thing and limitations Facebook puts on you? If it is privacy, you can have a page for your business and just keep it professional, your private account can go without posting anything forever.
 
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Permies has regional forums.  And we have advertising (thread boost).
 
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MeWe has an admirable business model but nowhere near the participation of FB.  Yet.  For instance I follow a jack spirko TSP "for if times get hard or even if they don't" group on both.  And there is alot more participation on the FB version.  That group is for kicking ideas around not regional commerce but mewe has those too.  I just use my nearest cities craiglist search farm and garden for my local yocal commerce.  So for me:

https://medford.craigslist.org/search/gra

I'm not in medford but its closer than the other choices so thats where I look.

 
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I have had luck with https://nextdoor.com for local stuff. People in my area are fairly active and it has been a good way for me to find free stuff from people in my area.
 
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For my own business I'm going to try using Steemit which is a blockchain based social media site with it's own cryptocurrency called steem. Nice thing is there is no energy intensive currency mining with it. It is all based around people creating content and the community liking individual posts which then gives each creator a portion of the cryptocurrency created. You can cash out for US dollars.

It is small at the moment but seems to be getting traction. It is decentralized and does not seem to have the negative issues commonly associated with cryptocurrency. The site would work well for blogs, vlogs, and anyone creating digital content on a regular basis.
 
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For me, it is a question that it is about time that facebook is replaced with something, which is not big brother centred but community centred. I do a bit of ads in facebook, but really I don't want to throw money in their throat. But the answers here really show one thing: there are a LOT of similar pages out there but since none was mentioned twice they are not very powerful. We have NABO here which is for neioghbours but it is a bit lame. There are definitively things about facebook I don't like (apart from the big brother), which is functionality.
 
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