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Facebook and Google alternatives for social networking and search

Facebook and Google alternatives for social networking and search
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Q. I hear you mention that Facebook likes to exploit our privacy. Are there any social networks out there that don't violate my privacy?
-Doris, from Laconia, NH, listens to my national radio show on WEZS 1350 AM.

A. You're right, Doris. I've made it clear how Facebook is dangerous to your privacy. Heck, I've even wrote a book covering how to keep your information private on Facebook! However, the reason why it hasn't hurt Facebook too badly is because it's such a unique service.

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That's one of the biggest problems with ditching online services you use every day. They become such a part of your life that it's hard to give them up. It's even tougher with services like Facebook, since most of your friends use it and won't give it up, either.

Facebook is one of the worst offenders, but few major tech companies have squeaky-clean privacy records. Fortunately, there are other services that have similar features to Facebook, Google and others, but they aren't easy to find.

That's why I've rounded up a few of my favorites. Once you set them up, though, you have to convert your friends to make them worthwhile. Luckily, you can share this tip with them to help your cause!

The biggest problem with Facebook is that it cares more about serving advertisers than you. That means the best service would be much less involved in advertising tracking.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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