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10 social networks where you won’t lose your private life

Sites include , . Published on June 13th, 2013. Written by Loic Cobbina.

You may have most of your friends in the mainstream social media but it is not always fun to interact with them. Some of them are just boring. They keep filling the news feed with their baby pictures or any other content that is not worth reading. Maybe you feel invaded by your creepy coworker who keeps liking every picture you upload.

The mainstream social networks do not give you much power when it comes to trimming down the number of friends you have. Your profile is so exposed that you can’t even avoid your Aunt or your Boss. You dare not refuse a friend request from your boss, that wouldn’t be proper. If you can’t give up on social networks, may be you should consider switching to a private social network. They do exist.

Here are 10 social networks that allow you to enjoy your online life without having to share it with the people you don’t want to. You can still share your photos and collaborate with groups on certain projects except you have full control over how invisible you want to be.

    Everyme

Just like Google+ this social network allows you to sort the group of different people you might be interested in into circles. So you have control over what you share with which circle. The app offered by this social site is not as beautiful as the one from Google+ but it is so simple that it even your grandma can get used to it in just a few minutes. With the raising concern about privacy, Everyme remains one of the most private networks you can trust. And you are free to delete your private data from it anytime you want.

    23Snaps

At last a network for those ladies recently turned mom that just can’t resist sharing their baby pictures. On the mainstream social networks, that would be seen as spammy. But in a situation where you are sharing your pictures with other new mothers, it is a whole different experience. The fact is nobody is interested in seeing those 45 pictures of Boby who started walking but that might excite other mothers who can’t wait see their own starting to walk to.

    Notabli

Notabli would be seen as an improvement of 23Snap in the sense that it enable parents to not only share pictures of their children but also their audios, videos and drawings with other families. Because the app is private by default, parents don’t need to be worried about who is looking at their pictures. It is only in the case where they intentionally share their photos with another users that they can be seen. Another feature particular to Notabli is that it allows for a second parent to be added to a created account allowing the couple to update its feed as a team.

    Nextdoor

Here is a social network designed to help you keep in touch with the people who live near you. You can rely on them to find your lost puppy or pass on a message if you are about to organize a party. This is not just about socializing with that hot guy next door you felt too shy to talk directly with, it is also about making sure that neighbors keep each other’s back. For example in the case a thief sneaks into a neighbor’s house, this is a good platform to inform him straight away. This social network is one of the most complicated to join. To make sure that its network is as safe as possible Nextdoor requires the new user to present a valid address, phone number and even credit card number. Some will have to go as far as mailing back a postcard to be a member.

    Yammer

It is difficult to keep up with all the different social accounts that we use. There is Gtalk here, Twitter there and Facebook chat in between. How about putting all those messaging app into one big box. That is what Yammer is all about. Keep track of everything in just one place.

    Couple

It can be quite boring to see some of your Facebook friend professing their love all day long for that one person. If you are dealing with such a friend this is the app that you should suggest for him/her. Couple is an app that allow people to send love messages and drawing to their loved one in a private manner. One peculiarity of this application is the “thumbkiss”. While your partner is away you can thumbkiss each other by pressing your thumb on the screen of the phone simultaneously and both phones will start to vibrate.

    Path

This is another private social network that puts some restrictions to the number of friends one is supposed to have. You can get up to 150 friends so you better limit yourself to only your closest ones. Also each friend on Path is seen as a valuable friend so there is no algorithm that will deem one friend post not worthy to get into the news feed. That said the website is designed in a way that friends cannot send too many posts at a time. This implies that you never feel overwhelmed by an overcrowd news feed.

    FamilyWall

This site can be useful to parent having a hard time keeping up wit the family schedule. Your children can choose to ignore your friend request on Facebook. On FamilyWall you are in control of the situation. The social site has a feature that allows children to show their location through their phone. This is perfect for mother that are worried about their kid. It is also going to be much easier to keep track of important family events when checking the shared calendar associated with it.

    Edmodo

A social network for educators. This the place where a student can meet a teacher and have a nice conversation with him. Educators are free to create pages for each class they teach and send a message to all students at once or pick just specific ones. The owner of the page created has full control over it so he can decide to remove certain student posting privileges.

The most useful tool on the site is the backpack that give students the ability to upload files related to school projects.

    Photocircle

It can be quite annoying when a friend of yours invades your news feed with all the 150 photos he took during last night’s party. Maybe you should suggest him Photocircle. The best place where he can upload those pics without upsetting anybody. All friends that came at that party can put their phones together in a circle and link up. All pictures taken by linked up phones will be sent accordingly to Photocircle.

It might not be that difficult to convince your best friends to follow you on your preferred social network. Having just a few of them there should be enough for you to enjoy yourself.

You might also want to read this: Here is how you can erase your embarassing Facebook search history

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