Other alternative social networks to watch
As more people talk about alternative social media apps and platforms, it’s important to keep an eye on new ones that may be similar to Mastodon.
The Hive Social app has increased in popularity. While many of its users may be adults like on Mastodon, its popularity may lead teens to explore it as well. Additionally, its user interface and style is more similar to apps like Instagram that may appeal to younger users. Its messaging around inclusivity may increase this appeal.
Created fairly recently by students in college, younger users may be more likely to sign up to the app. Hive Social allows users to add music to their profile and share their pronouns and astrological signs. The music addition like MySpace once had may also prove exciting to teens.
Hive Social combines elements from other modern social media platforms such as the text and image style of Instagram and polls from Twitter.
Its relatively young age may mean it takes some time for it to become popular. However, if your teen shows interest, make sure they know it’s for those 13 and older. Then, help them make use of the safety features available. These include:
- hiding mature content
- hiding words and phrases you don’t want them to see
- controlling who can see their comments
- setting their account to private
- using report, block and mute features
The Tribel social network is a free alternative social media platform often mentioned alongside Mastodon. It claims to offer a better browsing experience with posts reaching audiences chronologically instead through an algorithm that might push posts to the bottom of a feed.
Tribel offers users more customisation of their feed and encourages users to become star contributors by sharing with selected audiences.
They have faced some controversy on their data collection and privacy, including a now-amended policy that all content posted belongs to them. Additionally, Tribel’s owners also own a website and Facebook group often associated with false or exaggerated information largely around American politics.
While the platform allows children aged 13 and over, the Google Play Store recommends parental guidance and browser blockers recognise it as containing security risks, which may involve inappropriate and unregulated content.
Additionally, Tribel does not seem to have strict content guidelines. Rather, posts must be “intelligent” and for the right audience. They do not allow Covid-19 misinformation or abusive posts.