What is MeWe?
MeWe is an alternative social networking site that’s currently experiencing a surge in new users as Trump supporters search for new platforms in order to avoid Facebook and Twitter. It bills itself as the “next-gen social network” and centers its sales pitch to new users around data privacy and providing an ad-free experience.
MeWe is owned by a company called Sgrouples, which was actually also the name of the platform early on. It was founded by internet entrepreneur Mark Weinstein. In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Weinstein called himself “one of the guys who invented social media.” While that’s giving himself a bit too much credit, Weinstein was in the space early on. In 1998, he created a very early social network type site called SuperGroups, which was shut down by its investors in 2001.
In 2011, Weinstein started a new online business venture which eventually resulted in the creation of MeWe.
Who is using MeWe?
Almost everyone is using MeWe! Let me explain…
There are accounts for a number of major news outlets and personalities on MeWe.
It should also be noted that unlike Parler, MeWe does have users who aren’t conservative. It’s not even all about politics like it is with Parler. There are MeWe groups for supporters of the Green Party, groups for dog and cat lovers, and arts and music groups, to name a few.
Does MeWe “censor” users?
Users joining MeWe over the past few days are met with a message by its founder, Mark Weinstein, promoting the site’s rules.
“No Ads, No Targeting, No Political Bias, No Newsfeed Manipulation, and No BS!” reads Weinstein’s post.
How is MeWe different from Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit?
Unlike Parler, MeWe isn’t trying to replicate every other social media site. Weinstein’s intent seems pretty clear in the marketing of the site and in his interviews: MeWe wants to be the alternative to Facebook.
This probably explains why the site tries to replicate Facebook’s user interface. Users can give thumbs up, hearts, and smiley faces to posts. They can share posts to their various feeds. There are user profiles and separate pages, as well as a groups feature for people to congregate around a specific topic.
This is all set up very similar to how it is on Facebook, down to the messiness of the UI. However, MeWe’s design does make it feel like the whole platform was bought off one of those sites that sell turnkey website solutions so you too can be the next Mark Zuckerberg!
In his interview with Rolling Stone last year, Weinstein explained where the name MeWe came from.
“My life is composed of ‘me’ and then my ‘we,’ which is everybody that’s part of my life,”
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