A person displaying a YouTube logo on a smartphone | Photo by Szabo Viktor on Unsplash.
A person displaying a YouTube logo on a smartphone | Photo by Szabo Viktor on Unsplash.

Today, it’s with no doubt that social media platforms have made our lives much easier. We are able to connect with different kinds of people anywhere around this world—no matter what time it is, we’re in position to get real time news & updates, business opportunities—as well source of income such influencing, as well as entertain ourselves (YouTube). But they do come with cons including; addiction, cyberbullying, promoting hate speech, to mention a few.

To-date, we’ve come to know of Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, Messenger, SnapChat, LinkedIn, Telegram, Viber. However, there are literally hundreds of these platforms out on the internet that you haven’t tried out or even know that they exist.

In this article am looking at alternatives that can be used or tried out for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. It is worth mentioning that Facebook now has 2.23 billion monthly active users (MAUs), while YouTube and Twitter stand at 1.9 billion, and 335 million MAUs respectively. Thus, ranked 1st—Facebook, 2nd—YouTube, and 12th—Twitter, by buffer.

So, what alternatives are we talking about. But note, they’re other platforms aside from what we’re mentioning here that can be used as alternatives for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Facebook Alternative — Mind
Mind was established in 2015, Facebook being 9 years older than it. Minds is open source and integrates blockchain technology to reward its users with tokens every time they make contributions to the platform. As of August 2018, the platform registers over 1.25+ million users.

One of the reasons given by its Founders as to why it is an alternative for Facebook, is that Facebook abuse digital rights. Digital rights described as human rights that allow individuals to access, use, create, and publish digital media via electronic devices. Facebook has been involved in a number of scandals regarding digital rights, but for now we won’t get into that.

Apparently, the platform is only we-based. I guess this could be for now.

Having signed up, on logging in the platform comes with a black and white touch. In my opinion, does look dull—with nothing much of attraction.

Twitter Alternative — Gab
Gab is 2 years old, making Twitter 10 years older. Gab launched in Aug. 2016 by then it was a Beta version, but finally opened registration in May 2017. As of Dec. 2018, it registered 850,000 users.

The site has been described as “extremist friendly” or a “safe haven” for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right—promoting itself as a vehicle for “free speech”. Even its header does read, ‘gab | The Free Speech Social Network’.

Unlike Twitter that only allows its users to write up to 280 characters, Gab allows its users to write up to 3,000 characters. Characters termed as “gabs”.

Gab on the other hand does not have a mobile application.

YouTube Alternative — BitChute
I have to say, it will be hard to have a video platform take over YouTube. The platform has 1.9 billion MAUs, with over 300 hours of video uploaded every minute, and almost 5 billion videos watched a single day.

YouTube is subsidiary to Google. The video-sharing platform was launched in 2005 making it 11 years older than BitChute, that was launched in 2017. Unlike YouTube, BitChute uses peer-to-peer WebTorrent technology in order to diffuse, redistribute, and ease bandwidth and issues of centralized streaming.

The platform’s founder Ray Vahey, describes BitChute as a platform that avoids hard censorship and demonetization by established services like YouTube.

BitChute, on the other hand has no mobile app, only its desktop version.

There you go, try out these alternatives and give your feedback in the comment section below.