If you’ve got FOMO why not make the switch gradually? i.e. Sign up for the new platforms below but remain on Facebook etc. until you’ve managed to spread the word among your community. Once enough of your friends have joined you you might feel more comfortable about saying goodbye to your Facebook account!
Facebook AlternativesDiaspora is a nonprofit, user-owned, distributed social network which consists of a group of independently owned nodes (called pods) which interoperate to form the network. (My profile is here)
Ello is a creators network, a publishing and collaboration platform connecting and supporting a global community of creative profiles. (My profile is here)
WT Social, “The non-toxic social network”, is a microblogging and social networking service founded by Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia) on which users contribute to “subwikis”. (My profile is here)
MeWe is branded as the “Social Network of the Future – Here Now!” With no ads and no targeting, you are our customer. Your data is not for sale to advertisers/marketers.
Whatsapp Alternatives (Whatsapp is Facebook)There are plenty of genuinely alternative platforms to Whatsapp who actually respect your privacy.
Delta Chat is like Whatsapp but without the tracking or central control. It doesn’t even need a phone number and they don’t have their own servers because it uses the most massive and diverse open messaging system ever: your already-existing e-mail server network – You just need an email address to use it.
Session also requires no phone number, is open-source and on decentralised servers. It uses onion routing/IP address masking. If you refuse to compromise when it comes to keeping your identity and your data private and under your control then Session is the best option.
Signal is a cross-platform messaging app. Privacy isn’t an optional mode – it’s just the way that Signal works. Every message, every call, every time. State of the art, end-to-end encryption (powered by the open source Signal Protocol) keeps your conversations secure.
Telegram is a popular cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed. Warning: Telegram is only partly open-source and you must also ensure you choose ‘secret chats’ rather than standard chats for full security. This is not possible with group chats. Therefore neither group chats nor standard one-to-one chats are secure.
Zom was created by a group of developers with an interest in Tibetan culture and Buddhism. It is a private gathering place for family and friends to stay connected, no matter where you live on the planet. Free, open-source and privacy focussed text and voice messages, fun stickers and easy photo-sharing.