You may think that MeWe is a strange name for an online social network, but once you get into it and start looking around you will quickly discover that this place is absolutely amazing. First of all . . . MeWe takes privacy seriously. Your personal data will not be sold and you can also control who can see your posts, photos and other ephemera within your profile and groups.
Since they aren’t selling you out to create income, there are costs for some of the available features. For example, each MeWe user receives 8GB of storage for personal photos, videos, documents and files at no cost. You can purchase additional storage if you need it. Group chats – audio and video – are still experimental and therefore free to use. Once they are fully functional, there will be a cost to use them. From what I’ve seen so far, prices are very affordable. They currently offer a Secret Chat service (similar to WhatsApp only without tracking your chats) for $.99/month. Emoji lovers can purchase additional packets for $.99 a packet. If you need more storage it can be added. For example, 50GB will cost you $4.99/month. Other services still in the planning stage include MeWe Pages at $1.99/month and there are even some games planned.
One of the things I really like with MeWe are their groups. There is a group for just about any topic you can imagine – including genealogy. Groups can be open to everyone or only to approved users. In addition to the familiar timeline and comments element, you can also organize group chats, events and even maintain a files library. Yes, you can include videos in the group’s timeline, making it an easy and affordable way to provide useful demonstrations and possibly even a presentation.
If you haven’t tried MeWe yet, now’s the time. Create your account and take a look around. The first thing you will notice is there are no advertisements. The web version of MeWe is beautifully layed out, making it easy to find your way around. There are also free mobile apps for Android and iOS devices (phones and tablets) which I find more useful for communicating. Here’s an example of a posting on my iPhone from the Storytellers Studio group. Notice the comment element at the bottom of this screenshot. In addition to adding photos and emoji in a comment, with MeWe you can just tap the microphone icon and start dictating your message. When others view this post, they see it as an audio message that they can listen to themselves. That feature alone could start some very interesting conversations.
Once you create your MeWe account and take a look around, I hope you’ll stop by Storytellers Studio and say hello.
MeWe looks very simple and it is just that – simple to use. You’ll soon find there’s a lot more to this delightful network than you first thought. Its simplicity makes it easy to use and as you get comfortable with the basics you will discover even more features.
No wonder Facebook’s taking a beating.