Finally, A Social Network…

…that I can get behind.

Finally, there is a new kid on the block. And while the deck may be stacked against it, I hope it succeeds. Taking on tech behemoths such as Google and Facebook can be no easy task for a scrappy young start-up. But this service has an ace or two up its sleeve: Privacy and User Control. Imagine that, two things that both Facebook and Google Plus sorely lack.

I am speaking of MeWe by the company Sgrouples. MeWe doesn’t bill itself as a social network but as a private communications network.

Compare MeWe’s 815 word privacy policy written in common English to Facebook’s 5443 word jumble of legalese. If you have ever read a privacy policy, then you know that the shorter the better. It takes very few words to say that your data is protected, but many many words to explain how your data will be exploited.

The site has the full backing of Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web and director of the W3C.

“The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information. The power to abuse the open Internet has become so tempting both for government and big companies. MeWe
gives the power of the Internet back to the people with a platform built for collaboration and privacy.”  Sir Tim Berners-Lee
To me this seems like a much needed service. So even though I don’t know anyone who uses the service yet, I went ahead and signed up for an account with the hope that it succeeds.
Check out the press release announcing the service. You can find me on MeWe at:
What do you think, is there room for one more social network?