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.

Facebook Alternatives

Looking for a bit of privacy in your social network? You’ve got options.

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Five Things You Never Post On Facebook

If you think that having your privacy settings set correctly is all you need to do to stay safe on Facebook, think again. To protect yourself and your family, there are five things you should never post on Facebook or any other social network:

  • You or your family’s full birth dates. This is one of the things thieves look for to steal your identity.
  • Photos of your children tagged with their names. Predators use this information to convince children that they aren’t really a stranger.
  • Posting your current location tells everyone your not home. If you are on vacation, wait until you get home to post the pictures of your trip.
  • Never post that you are home alone. Make sure your children don’t either.
  • Don’t post your relationship status. This is another way you could be letting stalkers know you are home alone.

The best rule of thumb is not to post anything that you would not want a stranger to know. And, just because your privacy settings are set correctly doesn’t protect you if one of your friend’s account is hacked.

Evernote Update

Evernote does listen to their users and they learned – quickly – that we aren’t happy with the proposed privacy changes. After receiving a lot of customer feedback expressing concerns about our upcoming Privacy Policy changes over the past few days, Evernote is reaffirming its commitment to keep privacy at the center of what we do. As a result, we will not implement the previously announced…

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