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5 Niche Social Networks To Use Instead Of Facebook

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Social media takes up a massive chunk of the time we spend online, especially on our smartphones. But sometimes, the most popular social networks out there just don’t quite offer what we’re looking for.

That’s where these alternative social media networks and apps come in.

They’re places where you can meet more like-minded people and post about topics you don’t want to post on Facebook (such as fitness, or habit building).

They’re places you can continue to post updates about certain areas of your life without your current friends and family always being notified about them.

1. PumpUp (For Health and Fitness)

PumpUp is a health and fitness app used by millions, which hails to be “the world’s most positive fitness community.” There are other social media apps for fitness enthusiasts, but this is the gold standard.

It’s a fantastic place to post updates about your latest workouts, receive props from community members, and see the inspiring progress of other users too.

2. Trover (For Travel)

If you love to travel, it’s all too easy to lose track of time scrolling through the various feeds on Trover. And what’s more: this isn’t just a travel-guide app.

It’s an app overflowing with people who are visiting incredible places, sharing what they find along the way.

If you’re looking for travel inspiration, there’s no shortage of users posting images of, and tips for, the places they’ve been. It’s here that you’ll quickly come away with a terrifyingly long list of places you just have to visit.

And if you’re looking for things to do wherever you’re headed next, just search a location. You’ll soon find a ton of alternative attractions and sights that other users have found at that locale.

Often, these are things you’d be hard-pressed to find in any guidebook, making Trover a seriously valuable app for any intrepid traveler.

3. Discord (For Gamers)

Discord is an app aiming “to bring people together around games.” This is a free, cross-platform app offering impressive text and voice chat features to 14 million gamers each day.

The layout is easy to understand, and functions similarly to Slack, with chats organized by channels. You can join and customize these however you like.

Text chats act as basic chat rooms, where you can debate with other users until your heart’s content. And when it comes to gaming, setting up a server only takes a few clicks.

4. Letterboxd (For Movie Buffs)

Letterboxd is a “social network for sharing your taste in film” that’s become incredibly popular the past few years.

With an account, you can keep a film diary to rate and review movies as you work your way through your movies-to-watch list.

Keep track of what your friends, connections, and favorite writers are watching. Create your own to-watch list. Join discussions about your favorite movies.

5. Huggle (For Real-Life Friends)

Huggle is a relatively new friendship-making app (also used for dating) that helps you connect with people not based on what they look like, but rather on your location and common interests.

It may sound a little weird at first, but if you’re new to a city and struggling to make real-life friends, Huggle could be your answer.

The app works by automatically checking you into places you visit (e.g. coffee shops). If any other user has also checked into one or more of those places, you can see a limited version of their profile.

You then decide whether you want to start a conversation with them, knowing with more confidence whether they share your interests.

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