MeWe – The Next-Gen Social Network

Facebook’s days of telling us to ignore that man behind the curtain are over. It’s obvious that our privacy means nothing in their world. Fortunately we have options. One of them is a delightful social network called MeWe. Their privacy policy is short and to the point:

Your personal privacy and the privacy of your data is paramount to us at MeWe. We have prepared this Privacy Policy to clearly explain how we protect you and your data at MeWe.

With MeWe, your content is yours. You won’t find tracking cookies collecting information about us or how we use the MeWe network. As you can see here, your account isn’t bombarded with advertisements either.

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How do they do it? They offer a “freemium” service. You can get started at no cost. Each user has 8GB of free storage for posting photos, documents, videos and other files. If you need more space, you will be charged a monthly fee based on the amount of storage you select. There are other premium features you can choose to use – or not. For example, you can purchase additional emoji collections or add an extra layer of security for one-on-one chats with Secret Chat encryption.

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The My Cloud section is fascinating. It displays all my posts, photos, videos and voice messages. From here I can select any item to download, share or delete. In the left sidebar is a panel showing how much space I’ve used and how much is available. If I need more space, I just click the button to purchase it.

I just had a very pleasant video chat with a cousin via MeWe. She has been a member for a while and once I had given MeWe permission to share my contacts, I popped up in her My Chats panel. They only display your contacts to people who are MeWe users so, for now, it’s just the two of us. I have connected to several other users since creating my account and they also show up in My Chats.

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Groups are impressive yet easy to navigate. The group’s timeline is front and center. Each post has an area for comments – which can include photos, links and files. MeWe uses hashtags (a keyword prefaced with a hash mark) to make searching even easier. Use the Group Chat box in the right sidebar to start a discussion and the Events calendar to organize online events for the group.

I have moved the Storytellers Studio group to MeWe and have found it delightful. It’s easy to navigate, has a Files library where I can post PDF user guides and provides not just commenting, but one-on-one chats and even group chats. They have announced an upcoming video option which will make it possible to present demonstrations and other fun goodies.

If you are looking for creative ways to share your family history, join us here and at the Storytellers Studio group on MeWe.

 

MeWe Update

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My MeWe home page viewed in my web browser

The MeWe social network is a delight. You can connect with family and friends without being bombarded with advertising or worrying that anything you say or do is being sold to the highest bidder. MeWe supports groups, messaging, one-on-one chats and even group chats. Add the MeWe app to your mobile phone and you can enjoy voice and video calls with family and friends who are also on MeWe.

As it is, MeWe is quite impressive, but it’s about to get even better. In the next few weeks we will see even more MeWe goodness. Here’s a quick look at what’s to come . . .

The most requested feature is at the top of the list – MeWe Pages. Create a page for your business or personal use. Using Pages you can post “open posts” which are visible to all MeWe users and can be shared to others.

Right now the posts you add to your MeWe timeline are only visible to your contacts. The new open posts feature will give you the ability to make a post visible to all MeWe members or limit it to just selected people. Once this goes live, when you create a post you decide who can see it.

Right now you can embed a video in a post but soon you will be able to post them in comments, replies and other areas. This could get real interesting.

It won’t be long before these new features start rolling out and I’m sure they will all be a hit – just like everything else MeWe does. If you aren’t already a MeWe member, now would be a good time to get started.

I can’t wait to build the Moultrie Creek page on MeWe.

MeWe Makes Networking Great Again

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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.

IMG_3355 2If 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. MeWeStudio

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.

MeWe – A Social Networking Delight

If you don’t want your social network selling your personal information to election campaigns and outside advertisers, you will find MeWe a refreshing change. It has the features you’ll find elsewhere – timelines, groups, chats, photo albums and events. What it doesn’t have is advertising, tracking or spying. With MeWe, you own your content and you control the level of privacy you want for it.

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A user home screen on MeWe

The various elements within MeWe – profile screens, groups and chats – are not cluttered with advertising. The example above is my Home screen. My timeline is in the middle with my photostream on the right and chats on the left. A simple toolbar at the top of the screen along with a search box completes the view.

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MeWe on the iPad

There are mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. As you can see here, the view is even less cluttered on my iPad. This is the Home/timeline view. Tap the icons at the bottom of the screen to move to the other areas in the network. Notice the icons below each entry here. You can use them to respond to that entry with an emoji, comment or both. The last icon makes it possible to share this entry to a group, an event or a private message within MeWe.

When leaving a comment, you can include photos, GIFs, doodles and even files. Tap the microphone icon in the comment section and you can record a voice comment. Comments and replies often become conversations. With MeWe those conversations can be text, audio and even video. Note that the a/v options are best when using MeWe on a mobile phone. MeWe can be used on both Android and iOS mobile devices as well as desktop browsers.

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A MeWe Group page

MeWe groups are quite impressive. In addition to the features found in the timeline, groups have some additional features that make it possible to build a resource center for your group. By including tags in posts and taking advantage of the search feature to find all posts assigned a specific tag, group members have easy access to the content they need.

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The group file library

Not only can you build a research library for the group, you can also organize them for easy access thanks to folders and the files search box. Using these features, groups become more than just a place to post questions.

MeWe costs you nothing to use. There is an emoji store where you can purchase additional features like extra storage. All users get 8GB of storage free, but you can up that to 50GB for $4.99/month. They also offer Secret Chat (similar to WhatsApp) for $.99/mo and Custom emoji packets at $.99 each. There are several prime features in the works so stay tuned.

MeWe is what social networking should be – simple and private. It’s full of useful features but built in such a way that it won’t take more than a few minutes to feel right at home. See for yourself at https://mewe.com.

Meet MeWe – A Social Network That Believes in Privacy

Are you tired of having your personal life captured and sold to the highest bidder? The Facebook scandal was an eye-opener to many of us – and they were just the one who got caught. Most of the networks offering us all kinds of goodies for free are using the information we post for advertising, political campaigns and who know what else. It’s time to look for better options.

One option is MeWe. This network believes in privacy and that you own your content. Their privacy policy states, “We don’t track you personally and we never sell your personal data.” And that’s just the beginning. You won’t find any ads on MeWe either. Sound too good to be true? Wait . . . There’s more!

You can use MeWe for free which includes an impressive collection of standard features. There are in-app purchases for additional features like extra storage (you get 8GB free), Secret (encrypted) Chat, custom emojis and more. So what can you do on MeWe? You can post photos, videos and documents and even include voice messages. You can also use the voice integration system to respond to a post or chat with someone. MeWe uses tags to organize the content you receive and share. These tags can be used to find any of your stuff at any time. Not only is your content yours, but you can download all your content anytime you want.

MeWe also supports groups. You can set up a group for just your family, your friends or for a specific topic (like genealogy maybe?). When a post is shared to a group, only the members of that group will see it.

The user’s home screen – shown here – is well organized with minimal clutter. The icons on the top left make it easy to move around the site. Beginning at the left, the icons will take you to your Home screen, Chats, Groups, Events and MyCloud. Groups have been chat enabled so you can easily chat with other members of the group. In addition to group chats there are also group discussions. A group discussion usually includes a title and topic for the conversation to keep everyone on the same subject.

The My Cloud section is quite impressive. It displays posts, photos, videos and voice messages. You have the option to view all the posts and files from a particular group or from everyone in your contacts list.

You can access MeWe on your desktop computer through your web browser. It also supports both iPhone and Android phones and tablets. If you would like to learn more, visit https://mewe.com. You will be pleasantly surprised.