Who are Facebook's competitors

7 possible Facebook competitors

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If you want to turn your back on Facebook and join another social network, there are many candidates to choose from. At least in theory. But are they really that far?

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Facebook claims to have more than 400 million active users. According to Alexa's web analysis, only Google is a more popular website. While all the facts speak for Facebook's popularity, surveys show that more than half of Facebook users are considering leaving the network.

The reason can be described with just one word: privacy. In the standard setting on Facebook, almost all user data is publicly accessible. You can change these settings in your Facebook user account, but it is a laborious process.

New tools recently released by Facebook are designed to simplify this process, but the next time you change Facebook's policy or system, you will have to change all of your settings again. There are also external tools that will show you how secure your user account is, but as before, these tools will no longer work if Facebook changes the software.

On May 24, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally admitted that Facebook had made some mistakes. Some users stay on Facebook after this announcement, although they still distrust the company. But others believe that this decision was made too late and speak publicly about leaving Facebook. There is even a Facebook group that set May 31st as "Quit Facebook Day".

But will a significant number of Facebook users actually leave the network? Despite its flaws, Facebook has an immense user base and users in return receive all of their friends, pictures and even their Farmville farms on the network. Will a lot of people really turn their backs on Facebook and start over on another platform?

You have done it before. In the early days of social networks, around five years ago, Friendster, MySpace and Xanga had their glory days. Now the once popular social networks are on the decline.

There are of course still other social networks. But some, like MySpace and LiveJournal, seem to have missed their use. Others, such as the professionally oriented LinkedIn, have found their niche or serve other purposes such as Twitter.

Also read at our partner stern.de: "Social networks: Facebook, StudiVZ, Twitter & Co."