There has been a lot of upheaval in the world of social media over the past handful of months. First Google Plus announced they were officially ending support for the platform, then Tumblr tried to one-up them by saying they were going to crack down on explicit content. Facebook is, as always, mired in controversy over mining user data, and allowing toxic groups to flourish on their platform.
With all of this going on, lots of people are looking for other ways to get their social media fix. And one website that's drawn a lot of folks is the relative newcomer MeWe.
What Is MeWe?
The short version is that MeWe is a platform whose look and function is similar to Facebook, in as much as it allows you to make a profile, find friends, put stuff on your wall, message people, and join interest groups. However, while the interface might look messier and less polished than what folks are used to seeing on Facebook, there is something notable by its absence; ads.
MeWe's major selling point, as a platform, is that it allows users to do all the things they're used to on a platform like Facebook, but it doesn't try to mine their information, or upsell them with random ads. While it isn't as popular or established as some sites, it is gaining steam and picking up a lot of users... especially users who found their platform of choice was no longer available when Google Plus went the way of the dodo.
A New Frontier?
While MeWe is not as open to businesses as Facebook is in terms of advertising, it is a fresh ground for those looking for a place to put their content marketing skills to use. And with a steadily growing population of users, the site is only drawing more attention. Whether it will ever be as big and successful as Facebook and Twitter remains to be seen, but it certainly represents a market that a lot of businesses would do well to start tapping.
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