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Is There Anything Left For Facebook Alternatives? [Opinion]

Craig Snyder 21-09-2012

alternatives to facebookBeing #1 is tough. For any sports fans out there, Facebook is the Patriots, Yankees, and Heat of its kind. The social network is so methodically “good” to the point that we’re ready to jump on the bandwagon of anyone willing to come close to knocking it off. Remember when Google+ first broke news? The Internet was going nuts, buzzing with rumors that Facebook would finally be put to rest. And maybe Myspace’s routine greatness was part of what contributed to its eventual downfall to then-underdog Facebook?


The people of our Internet seem to slowly stir up a resentment towards things that become too popular for too long. Sometimes though, what better choice do you have? I know some people who don’t appreciate the behind-the-scenes antics of Google. Those same people wouldn’t waste a day using Bing. What if you’re a Facebook hater? What is there to salvage elsewhere?

Alright, Back To Myspace

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Not so fast there, guys. Even Myspace knows that they don’t stand a chance anymore, as they were laughed at for introducing Facebook Connect to their login and registration process.

That could just be some brilliant and strategic business move, right? After all, to say Myspace is completely dead would be a huge mistake. At the time of writing up this article, it sits as the 185th most popular website on the Internet (according to Alexa). To put that into some perspective, Tumblr is 36th. MakeUseOf is 755th! Not bad.

If you can make it past the insanely spammy new homepage, give Myspace a spin.


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One of the first things you’ll notice about this new Myspace is their rebranding. Yes, they went as far as to even make the “S” in the name lowercase. Last year, Myspace was sold to Specific Media (an advertising company, mind you) and the company seemed full steam ahead in the efforts to transform Myspace into a musically-charged social network. But why?

Myspace was always big on music, but this revised approach makes little sense to me. Myspace’s backend and profile pages really don’t look much different than I can remember them years ago. They’re still disgusting, cluttered, and sort of  “immature” for a social network in 2012. Out of my 412 friends, two are currently online. I don’t even know who they are or how they got on my friends list, anyway. I suspect they’re spam accounts.

So what exactly is there to do? Well, you can listen to music and glitz up your profile a bit. You’ll get bored very quickly. Myspace offers absolutely nothing that Facebook doesn’t, and Facebook does it better anyway. It kind of reminds me of what you’d get if MTV and VH1 joined forces for their own social network. It’s got some music, a few celebrity features, then a lot of advertisements.


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It’s just beyond repair at this point. It’s a shell of what it once was, obviously, and the shell that it is today is being obscenely gamed with advertisements and things that you don’t care about. Facebook’s big push caused this place to lose critical mass, and it’ll never have the chance to be the same again. If you were into glittery graphics and Flash music players, then this is a painful realization.

We’ll try Google+!

Google+ has got to be good. I can’t remember the last time Google has let me down. Well, except for Wave, Gears, Buzz, and maybe a dozen other canceled products.

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The Google+ formula seemed perfect. It was something new and we were all excited. Some of us even got these exclusive invites that made talking about the social network fun, and we all felt included in something that was about to really take over. Then the network shipped, and it’s been a bit of a dud since.

Honestly, I don’t check my G+ unless it’s to stalk what my MUO friends are doing. A few seem to like the network. The interface is clean and I like the look and feel, but how come no one wants to play there? Is it too fancy? I’ve noticed that a huge portion of active profiles belong to folks in the startup scene and assorted tech junkies. Robert Scoble is a great example.

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I personally follow Mr. Scoble on a few networks, and I’ve managed to notice him trying pretty hard to get people engaged over at Google+. Every now and then, I’ve witnessed a Facebook status of his that actually tries to pull a conversation from his Timeline on FB all the way across the Internet to his G+ profile. He wouldn’t have to do that if G+ was living up to all of the hype.


People are just so invested in Facebook. The roots are so deep that it’s going to be incredibly tough for anyone to come along and snatch them out. Think about what you’ve got on Facebook. You’ve got all of those friends, those memorable statuses, lots and lots of pictures. That’s a lot to leave behind.

I thought G+ was doing it right when they came along with Hangouts and other unique features. This stuff presented new functionality. They were things Facebook users never had before, but it seemed as if they didn’t want or need them.

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It feels a little lonely over there. Definitely not on the same level as Myspace, but is Google satisfied with the network being the preferred choice amongst only the “refined” crowd? Who wants to hang out with a bunch of nerds like me, anyway? I’m not calling out Google+ as a complete failure, but I think it’s safe to say that we all expected more. With the big launch past us and all of the core features already on the table, what can possibly happen to all push us that way?

I don’t think there’s anything. To answer this article’s title, I’d have to say no! What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know.

Related topics: Google Plus, MySpace.

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  1. Formiga
    December 3, 2016 at 4:47 am

    there are better alternative alternatives..... duck it ;)

  2. ousaf
    May 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Google just "KNOW TO SPEND" money on G+ but facebook "KNOW HOW TO SPEND" money on FB in terms of markeing : )

  3. James Thompson
    January 29, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Friendoozle has been around for about seven years. They have the same features...upload photos, upload videos, share YouTube videos, blogs, chatrooms etc. They also have facebook, twitter, aol, and msn login so you don't have to register just use your social networking account on the above to log in.

  4. AceLine
    January 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    A newcomer since january 2013 is Registered users get a free email address and are able to load up photos, videos and files (file repository) as they want. It´s also possible to auto post to a Facebook account...

  5. wel809
    January 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    join . a new start-up social networking website.

  6. einherjar2012
    November 9, 2012 at 3:37 am

    the new myspace interface is very eye pleasing. but i think it suits best for music bands to promote themselves. For G+, i like it simple interface and unpolluted atmosphere but sometimes feel quite lonely there.

  7. mushroom
    November 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Surprised that nobody mentioned Diaspora... the non-profit, open source alternative.

  8. jerkar
    September 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    kind of joke, dear

    G+, a desert ?
    G+ a far from success take off ?

    400 M users in 1 year , this increasing from 250 in Google I/O to 400 end of summer ... who can compete ?
    100M active/active users (not only +1ing from android item or using circles into gmail)
    Sorry, but this should be called success.

    And you will always find some +Mark LaFlamme to tell us G+ "was dead on arrival" !

    You see , G+ could easily compete with FB if it was only a social network. Despite of what you think. Let's have appointment end of 2014, when G+ userbase has overpassed fb's one. But it's NOT a social network. You are used to it, so it's a bit hard for you to get along with this idea, but google + is the social layer unifying or for the moment aimed at unifying all google services. Google+ IS google.

    To understand this, you should have to see that circles you build on g+ are implemented inside your gmail contacts manager. That you can access or broadcast your youtube channels directly from your g+ board. That you can plan, check or display your google calendar events directly from gmail or from G+. And so on ... don't you understand google is doing a huge effort to unify all his services, and have an incredibly awesome, smooth, flawless user exeperience for any of it thanks to all the others ...

    as +Selena says onSeptember 21, 2012 :
    If Google+ is a “dud” and a “ghost town” to you, you’re not using it right. Stick to Facebook, it’s easier.

  9. HangerOutter
    September 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    The one thing I do use Google+ for is video Hangouts with my family when I travel. It works much better than Skype. I use it on my Android phone all the time.

  10. josemon maliakal
    September 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    facebook is becoming a kind of mess, they are trying to survive by including new ideas please checkout this

  11. Bumferry
    September 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Facebook is the internets drug. Many people can't live without it but won't admit they are addicted. Others are so smug in the way they "gave up" facebook, as if they have beaten the problem.
    Then are those like like me, weak willed and unable to leave due to peer pressure (for want of a better term)
    I would love G+ to be antidote to FB and the like but there seems to be more corporate/businesses there than actual real people that I would want to be connected with.

  12. Selena
    September 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

    If Google+ is a "dud" and a "ghost town" to you, you're not using it right. Stick to Facebook, it's easier.

  13. GayashanNA
    September 21, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I use them both Facebook and Google+ to a fair bit of extent. But i use Facebook for my personal life (family and friends) and G+ for other things, such as having a tech talk with my friends in the university or sharing a tech tip, etc. The rules are not hard and fast, of course. =)

  14. Mitesh Budhabhatti
    September 21, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I think this is like Google-Bing search engine situation.. No matter how good Bing improves, people are used to Google search engine.. They will very less likely leave google search engine. Same thing applies to Google+ and Facebook.. People are used to Facebook and Facebook satisfies pretty much requirements.

  15. imota
    September 21, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I am always on Google+, but never on Facebook.
    I prefer fresh air over pollution, empty streets over crowded jungle.
    In short, I don't want to deal with drunks, drug addicts, immature teenagers, prostitutes and brutes.

    Call me weirdo.

    Viva Google +

  16. Darryl Hannay
    September 21, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I believe eventually facebook will be old school and some other bright new site will come a long and the new gen will jump on that, then facebook will be full of the older set or dead. The internet is always moving

  17. Garey Boone
    September 21, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I dumped myspace for facebook kept facebook and jumped on the G+ scene as well both of them are going stale but I still use them. One of my female family members is really big into Pinterest which I thought was cool but was definitely geared more toward the females. Now they have a site called Gentlemint which is very similar to Pinterest except it's geared for the males. If you're bored with the rest of the social scene maybe give one of those a try to breakup the routine.

  18. Ahmed Khalil
    September 21, 2012 at 4:54 am

    the game will never end, their will be new every day, i am sure

  19. Swaroop Nunna
    September 21, 2012 at 3:58 am

    G+ is not an alternative to FB, it is not a happening place.
    Also getting bored with FB.

  20. Nikhil Tom
    September 21, 2012 at 3:40 am

    You know, actually I find social networking sites kinda boring, so that I quit using them

  21. macwitty
    September 21, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I think people who like Facebook will stay there and do not see Google+ as an alternative. I don't think it is an alternative, I think it is something different.

    I like Google+ and see it as a place for "discussions of substance" not so much social talk. I've been hanging on some in areas that I'm interested in and check what they have written once a day or so.

    • Ahmed Khalil
      September 21, 2012 at 4:56 am

      i agree Macwitty, iam with you in that, and i belive also that Google pluse steps is not bad

  22. Mark LaFlamme
    September 21, 2012 at 12:50 am

    It's kind of shocking, to me, how big a dud Google+ has been. I mean, it never made any impact at all, not the slightest puff of dust. There was initial excitement, there was the launch and there was nothing. I know people who are still trying to make it work, but they know. Even as they're telling you how much better it is than Facebook, these people know that G+ was dead on arrival. Sad. And sort of funny. The fickle public has spoken.

    • HLJonnalagadda
      September 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

      I know. google has been making a lot of effort to get the masses interested in Google+, and nobody seems to bother.