Major social networks like Facebook and Twitter have ruled the way we connect with each other online for a long time. Sooner or later these platforms are bound to be usurped by the next new hot apps in social media.
Here are five new apps for connecting that you should consider joining.
Uptime – It was initially launched as an invite-only platform, but Uptime is now open to the public. With Uptime you can share and react to YouTube videos with your friends. The idea here is to eliminate having to share YouTube videos by sending links. Instead, you can share them with Uptime and you can post comments and reactions with emojis for your friends to see. It’s currently available for download on iOS.
GeoPickle – A delightful blend of geotagging and socializing, GeoPickle is part photo sharing and part travel app. Users can upload pictures of cool sightings around their cities, tag them to a location and share them with the world. You can also update mapped locations with new pictures if anything changes. Tag everything from new buildings and landmarks to an awesome piece of street art. Not only is GeoPickle a great way to explore a city through someone else’s eyes, it’s also a crowdsourced timelapse project. Download it on Android and iOS.
Swishlinks – When you think “professional network,” you don’t necessarily think “exciting” and “creative,” but Swishlinks is changing that. Instead of stripping the personality away from your professional reputation, Swishlinks encourages users to create stories that show off their portfolio, current projects, skills and accomplishments. Using the Highlights feature you can choose a few career achieves to showcase front and center on your profile. Its interface is modeled after more casual social media apps like Twitter and offers a more fun and personable experience. Get it on Android and iOS.
Lyf – If you have ever felt like social media platforms don’t allow you to share enough of your life with the world, then Lyf is the app for you. This platform is a no-judgement zone so that users can feel free to share their personal struggles, life experiences and more without fear of public shame or abuse. The app enables people to connect with each other with the intention of offering support and understanding. It’s available on Android and iOS.
Mastodon – For anyone who is concerned about the commercial nature of major social media platforms, Mastodon is a great alternative. It works a lot like Twitter but with some crucial differences, including a 500 character limit on posts instead of 140, no ads or tracking, and the ability to make private posts. It is an open-source network. Log on via the Android or iOS apps or head over to the main website to join.
To easily share your new profiles on any social platforms you join, be sure to sign up for Spectrums and link them to your Spectrums account. By doing this you make sure your friends and professional contacts will be able to find you on any of these new social media apps!