Alternative Social Media Platforms
Swarm, developed by Foursquare, is a location-sharing social app that allows users to discover new locations while helping people connect with friends. Simply put, if you like sharing your location with friends and would like to make new friends, Swarm is for you. The app allows users to automatically check-in to locations and track their locations over time. Swarm is designed like a game and encourages users to explore the real world and meet up with friends. Some say it makes the social in social networking “real”.
Anchor is a new social media app that is a lot like Instagram and Twitter, allowing users to publish content to anyone who follows their feeds. However, it does not allow photos or text to be posted. Instead, it is a unique social platform for creating podcasts. You can record and post waves, which are two minute sound bites (and cannot be pre-recorded), which can be shared on Anchor or other social media platforms like Twitter. Other Anchor users, or Anchors as they are known, can then respond with their own waves.
Hootsuite is a social media management platform, created by Ryan Holmes in 2008. The system's user interface takes the form of a dashboard, and supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.