In the wake of a recent controversy involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, we are feeling violated in terms of our privacy, and vulnerable about the future.
Since the dawn of social networks, we were convinced that we were in control of what information we chose to share with others. Our privacy was invaded and we were lied to, which presented an ethical conundrum of whether we should use social media to connect with our friends and family or not.
But there are social networks which do not profit from collecting data, selling advertisements and other conventional business models of centralized social networks. Such social media networks are called as distributed networks which are usually based on Blockchain models. Although they provide similar services like the present social networking websites but with different business ethics and moral standards for their users.
These are the platforms of our future, which will ensure our privacy and stability, and freedom of speech.
Minds is a social network that provides features like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Its code is available for everybody so that people can improve it for the community. It has complete free speech and zero censorship
Mastodon is an open-source decentralized micro-blogging network. It is quite like Twitter but it is operated on open source operated servers. It has a 500 character limit, and you can allow who sees your messages. There is no advertising on Mastodon as it runs on donations. Their motto is "You are a person, not a product."
This popular network runs on independent servers, instead of central servers owned by corporations. You can use a pen name if you are not comfortable with revealing your identity. On Diaspora, you own your data and have full control over how you choose to share it.
Sola uses the conventional idea of followers and following. Rather it uses AI algorithms and user reactions to spread information. The content reaches to the users according to their interest. A smart sorting to move beyond the idea of followers.
It is very much alike Reddit, but decentralized. Users can earn cryptocurrencies Steem by posting and maintaining quality content. The steemit community is thriving with thousands of genuine users. It helps people to understand cryptocurrencies and has a varied directory of tags to explore from.
onG is a revolutionary decentralized Blockchain based social network and powerful social media dashboard that brings multiple social media networks into a single interface. It runs on two Blockchain – Ethereum and wave, which makes it more stable and secure. The technology of onG is so good that even IBM has lent it support.
Indorse is like a decentralized LinkedIn. Indorse uses different methods to validate skills. The skills are judged by random other users anonymously. If any claim is made by a user about their skills, Indorse will verify and validate that claim.
Deriving its name from Hindi word which means a clear sky, Akasha aims for a censorship-free platform from an artist to a physicist. Its interface is similar to Twitter. The founder of Akasha describes their mission as "By fusing Ethereum with the Inter-Planetary File System, we explore the implications and applications of a permanent Web in the context of freedom of expression, creative perpetuity, and privacy for a better home of Mind."