Social media changes all the time, but some of the giants in the social networking game may not have been prepared for some of the industry’s more recent developments.
A new report from the Pew Research Center surveyed Facebook users in the United States aged 18 and up, and found that 4 in 10 (42 percent) of those surveyed have “taken a break from checking the platform for a period of several weeks or more.” Additionally, more than half of Facebook users in that same age group (54%) reported that they have adjusted their privacy settings in the last 12 months.
In a statistic that may be even more chilling to Facebook executives, 44% of younger users (in this case, users between the ages of 18 and 29) say they have deleted the Facebook app from their phone in the past year. That’s a lot of young people that the social media powerhouse isn’t able to reach as often as it’s been able to in the past.
Security and privacy concerns as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal may be to blame for this change in Facebook usage — or it could be that people are just getting tired of traditional forms of social media. Because it’s not just Facebook — many are considering leaving Twitter as well.
In an age where some people are concerned about the privacy of their social media information, and some worry about censorship and free speech on current social media platforms, many regular internet users may be looking for other platforms through which to express themselves.
ConnectPal may be one of those.
ConnectPal is a blogging platform for content creators that is subscription-based, where anyone can set up a profile and let readers pay a fee to access their content. Because it’s more private, users may feel more secure about the content they share there, and more assured that it won’t be marketed. Additionally, using a subscription-based content host lets creators monetize their content and not just allow big social media tech companies to make money off of their hard work.
Some personalities have already turned to ConnectPal. Neal Boortz, for instance, is a former conservative radio host who now uses ConnectPal as a podcaster. Jane Velez-Mitchell, a television journalist and author, also uses ConnectPal to connect with her followers.
What’s happening with the main social media giants may be a trend that continues and grows. It’s good to know that the social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have not monopolized the entire digital space – that there are other platforms out there that users can enjoy just as much.