The Need for Social Media Alternatives

  • Robert W. Gehl
  • Julie Synder-Yuly
Keywords: alternative social media, corporate social media, media justice, social media alternatives project, surveillance


This short essay describes the Social Media Alternatives Project (S-MAP), an
online archive of materials associated with non-corporate social media sites.
The essay contrasts alternative social media with corporate social media such
as Facebook and Twitter. It calls for media justice organizations, including
the Union for Democratic Communications, to shift some of their communication
practices away from Facebook to systems such as Twister or Diaspora.