I did a little bit of research on some possible alternatives to Facecrack…Although I do believe that all social media is addictive, time-consuming and usually not worth the time put into it…for anyone with an addiction or propensity towards them, it’s not a good way to spend time.
Having said that, here’s what I’ve found on 6 possible options:
Quora: A Silicone Valley company, started by former FB employees, a “Question and answer site” HAS ADVERTISING (so assuming they’re selling your info too) and you must use your real name.
Path: Photo sharing & messaging for mobile devices- said to be a companion to FB. Owned by Daum Kakao (South Korean) so, erm, NOPE.
Ello: “for artists” (similar-I think-to Instagram). Ad free alternative to social networks, never sell data, no ads, and they do not enforce using your real name. They are a “a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). A PBC is a for-profit company that exists to produce a benefit for society as a whole — not just to make money for its investors.”…But there ARE investors and they DO make money…
Diaspora: Non-profit, user owned, decentralized info social network, 1 million users. “Independently owned pods”? (so cannot be subject to corporate takeover or advertising). They say they “will never sell your social life to advertisers.” (but will they sell your information?) You don’t have to use your real name and “Diaspora users retain ownership of their data and do not assign ownership rights.”
“Diaspora software development is managed by the Diaspora Foundation, which is part of the Free Software Support Network (FSSN). The FSSN is in turn run by Eben Moglen and the Software Freedom Law Center. The FSSN acts as an umbrella organization to Diaspora development and manages Diaspora’s branding, finances and legal assets.”(That’s confusing.) More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaspora_(social_network)
Reddit: An “American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website”. Owned by Conde Nast/Advance Publications. Bit of a different creature. Publicly owned, full of ad links, CEO claims they know more about you than Facebook. So that’s a big NOPE.
And this just in-newbie “Vero” will eventually be charging users for an account (that instead of selling ads) but right now it’s FREE, so sign up and if you never use it, so what. Unfortunately it’s app based (which leaves out us old dinosaurs who use computers) and they want a cell phone #, real name and email.
I think if I had to choose any, I’d probably choose Ello (which may be too photo heavy), or 2nd runner up, Diaspora, but I would research more carefully and read the T&C to see who’s selling what to whom…