Tired of Facebook?!

Deactivating your Facebook account doesn’t mean shunning social media altogether

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Some of us female entrepreneurs were talking the other day… about deleting our Facebook profiles, not our business pages, just our profiles… while deactivating your Facebook account can be liberating. No more humble-brag status updates; no more photo albums of babies, dogs, and all-inclusive vacations; But cutting out social media completely is difficult—if not impossible—to do.

While on a quest to find a better Social Media foundation, I ran across a study from the University of Vienna which found that 46.8 percent of people surveyed on Facebook usage considered quitting, but they couldn’t hit the log out button for good.

If you want to stop all the mindless Facebook stalking but want some semblance of an online social life, try niche social networks. Narrow networks—like these 5 fitness ones—cater to your specific interests instead of functioning as a timeline of every thought from everybody on your feed. There are hundreds of niche social networks out there for the normal guy, but these five are some of the best to get you started.

Instructables
Best for: Handymen, DIY-ers, people looking to do home repairs on the cheap

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Who doesn’t want to be like Ron Swanson and refinish an old chest? Instructables started out as a how-to site for technology, mechanical devices, and home repairs, but it’s expanded to include everything from woodworking to cooking and “life skills.”

The network is based around member-written how-to articles, which means that if you want to be a part of the community you’ll have to start uploading project tutorials. The website lets you upload photos, diagrams, and videos to help illustrate your project—handy if you’ve never checked the oil in your own car.

As a social network, Instructables isn’t exactly Facebook. Your free account does give you a quick bio, profile photo, and the ability to “favorite” projects and participate in the community’s groups and forums. You can’t add friends, but you can follow members and leave comments on individual guides. Ultimately, there’s less talking and more doing, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Care2
Best for: People who want social change

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Care2 is trying to harness the promotion aspect of social media—for good. It’s a social network and petition site that connects people who are fighting for different causes, such as animal welfare, civil rights, global development, and better health policies. With over 20 million members, it’s an ideal place to start if you want to promote your own movement instead of just your brand or yourself.

It’s got all the trappings of a traditional social network: Friends, groups, a detailed biography and profile photo, private messaging, and a green star “Kudo” system, which is sort of a cross between Facebook’s Like system and LinkedIn’s recommendations. Members can thank other members by sending them a green star, or by writing a testimonial about their social service.

Medium
Best for: Writers, readers

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Social networks are about sharing content: Short, snappy one-liners; two-minute video clips; links to breaking news stories. Medium is a social network that focuses entirely on member-written articles, usually personal stories and essays, which are categorized into “curated collections” by editors.

In other words, Medium is what you’d get if you combined a social network with a personal blog. It gives members the ability to write and promote their articles without having to set up and promote a personal blog, while also sharing stories they find interesting with other members. Medium is connected to your Twitter account—so it’s not an entirely independent—and its networking features are limited to collecting, commenting, and recommending other people’s work.

Instagram
Best for: Photographers

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Instagram is sort of a cop-out—it’s actually owned by Facebook. But Zuckerberg’s baby hasn’t really touched the photo app since it first acquired it in 2012.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to use Instagram—in fact, thanks to the multitude of toy camera filters, it might even be better if you’re not. Instagram is the network for visual appreciators—people who like pictures, rather than empty status updates. As a network, Instagram is simple but robust, with a limited profile, short biography, and the ability to follow people and use hashtags. You can also “favorite” and comment on photos, which is basically all the interaction you need. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

These listed about are just a few of the examples of Social Media outlets… and yes.. other than Facebook. There are lots of others, but I feel better when I know more about them when I post on them. I will be posting them over on my  lol , yup.. Facebook ( Facebook.com/BeaverCreekStudio ) and Twitter (twitter.com/BeaverCreekStu ) pages after I have looked into them a bit more.

If you know of any, please feel free to share them with us, we’d love to hear what Social Media you use and please tell us why you like it.

Until next time….

Peace and Love to all

Karen

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