What kind of social media platform would be crazy enough to go up against a colossus like Facebook, you might ask? The same kind of platform that refuses to play the game of mass surveillance expansion by drawing up a Privacy Bill of Rights.
I’m talking about MeWe. It’s got all the bells and whistles of a social media app. You’ve got a profile picture, you can share photos, you can look for friends, you’ve got a feed, you can chat.
Did we mention that counted in MeWe’s Advisory Board is Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the literal inventor of the World Wide Web?
All of that is a big deal. Over the years we’ve come to accept, by virtue of Facebook having been around for so long and becoming so necessary for day-to-day living, that there’s no alternative. Even though Facebook have been deservedly questioned about misusing our personal information time and time again. MeWe promises not to be Big Brother. Do we have reason to be excited?
Right now, it’s hard to say. There have been no signs of a mass exodus from Facebook to other platforms, even though other apps like Mastodon have branded themselves as networks that give social media back to the people.
It could also be that MeWe is a flash in the pan, like other apps like Foursquare and Plurk (remember those?), which vanished just as soon as they arrived. There’s also a thing called MeWe Premium which gives you unlimited video and voice calling and 100GB of Cloud Storage, which sounds like the sort of shit that should come free with the basic package. The account I made is already free, so why should I pay? But I dunno, dude. Once upon a time, Yahoo! Messenger seemed as inescapable as the divine right of kings.
I have a MeWe account. It’s a little empty (I know like, one dude on it) and the interface looks a little corny. Still, it’s easier on my eyes than Facebook’s soul-destroying shade of blue.
You can find more information on MeWe here.