BEST FB Alternative - existing or framework

Mattit

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I know there are a few FB alternative networking sites, such as MeWe and Mastedon. I see more shortcomings with all of them than benefits. Has anyone stumbled across a really great alternative for social networking? Has anyone been on a framework-based social site, such as one using Dolphin or jCommunity; or found a really great framework to set one up?
 

LeadCrow

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As existing social networks take control away and tend to abuse users, the better option is really to run or flock to another, ss long as you're comfortable with smaller communities. This data transfer initiative should eventually easen individual and mass migrations, so far no service or script appears to support that yet.

One notable contender is paid script SocialEngine. It's usable in a number of configurations - host it yourself or as SaaS, replicate the featureset and experience of pinterest, facebook, reddit in a package oldschool webmasters can feel comfortable managing, includes several content types expected on a sn. See this demo for an idea what to expect of the fb-style experience.
 

Lisa

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I'm actually in the middle of compiling a list of all the viable FB alternatives around at the moment. Let the coffee filter through and I'll get back on it :)
 

Lisa

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Interesting, I look forward to the list
I wouldn't. I'm looking at the different ones classed as viable options and, gotta be honest, the majority suck. I should have it posted up in a couple of hours - just have to bow to the demands of my editor and do some work before she yells at me again :ROFLMAO:
 

Mattit

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I wouldn't. I'm looking at the different ones classed as viable options and, gotta be honest, the majority suck. I should have it posted up in a couple of hours - just have to bow to the demands of my editor and do some work before she yells at me again :ROFLMAO:
The ones that I saw pretty much fell into the "it sucks" category, as well. That's why I was hoping that someone might have a decent one. And so far, the SocialEngine that LeadCrow suggested seems to be the closest so far.

I wish I would have stuck with my PHP skills. With the ideas that I have, I'm fairly certain, packaged together, it would blow away most of the options out there. But, alas, it's not the language I know most of.
 

LeadCrow

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It's not cost-effective to run live services with high concurrency on php, which might be why so many new scripts adopted new frameworks like node.

I'd like to add an underlooked explanation as to why there appears to be a shortage of social network: many have been created as app-only ecosystems or heavily obfuscate that their content can be browsed without an app (see twitter.com for example). It's a lot easier to promote both a site and app on mobile since you gain direct access to many exploitable parameters like contactlists, geolocation, mobile wallets, browsers and OSes lacking support for ad blockers... The app economy has a much lower barrier to entry and higher growth and monetization potential than classic SNs.

So we dont have an actual shortage of alternatives, it's the definition of a 'social network' that's fuzzy so people to focus on alternatives' capability to substitute for their main SN and closely match its featureset - even the useless fluff and antiuser features that chased them away.
 

martin smith

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The platform Diaspora is a social world online that puts your data back in your own hands, according to its own slogan .
 

Joel R

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If you go to Envato / Code Canyon (same company as ThemeForest), there are several self hosted applications to mimic a social network. My personal favorite right now is Wowonder.
 
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