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Facebook Alternatives: Other Secure Social Networks You Could Switch To

Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/18/10 03:22 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:30 PM ET

Facebook's new, more permissive privacy policy has triggered a backlash among users, who are frustrated by how much and how widely their personal information can be shared.

Some dissatisfied users are calling for a mass exodus from the site on "Quit Facebook Day," while others are organizing a Facebook protest to call attention to the new privacy controls.

Although Facebook is still the US's biggest online social network, it's not the only option.

With suggestions from our readers, we've put together a guide to fourteen Facebook alternatives--other social networking sites that, in some cases, offer better privacy protections.

Check them out, vote for your favorite, and send us your suggestions for other alternatives to Facebook.

Is there a social networking site you'd recommend as an alternative to Facebook? Tell us why!
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1 of 15 lets users define their audience as loosely or as broadly as they choose. In the company's own words, " helps us organize the people we know so that we can say what we want to who we want." Users can choose to make contacts "bi-directional," allowing for back-and-forth communication, or "uni-directional," which allows communication in only one direction and blocks personal messaging. Users can create invite-only environments called Rooms, where a private feed is established and cannot be viewed by outsiders the way Facebook Pages can be. What's more, posts made on have no character limit and can contain in-line media (unlike Twitter). Plus, the user Interface is clean, simple and easy to use.

The downside: It's a new venture, so there aren't many people using it yet and it doesn't allow cross-platform communications, so you'll have to establish a whole new account and a new contacts list.

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