Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pheed Me Now; TECHNOLOGY Fed Up with Facebook and Tired of Twitter? Stem the Overload of Selfies and Clickbait and Get Absorbed in a New Social Network, Says

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pheed Me Now; TECHNOLOGY Fed Up with Facebook and Tired of Twitter? Stem the Overload of Selfies and Clickbait and Get Absorbed in a New Social Network, Says

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Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst

IN THE early era of the social network, the experiment felt like a brave new world. Never before had we been so connected; never before had our existence been so thrillingly visible; never before had we had such a convincing, entertaining and largely harmless alternative to the real world. Every update was one small step of code but a giant leap for mankind.

Then people got into selfies, vile Directioners started trolling 12-year-olds with death threats and celebrities flooded the Twittersphere with hashtagged pictures of brand-sponsored hen-dos and soulless mega-weddings. The experiment had failed. People had grown sick of the smug, giddy oversharing of Instagram, and thought Twitter had descended into twatter.

It's a pessimistic view of the online world but not without justification. Indeed, the fury at the news that Facebook had manipulated our newsfeeds was, if not a final straw at least grounds for exploring alternatives.

Luckily predictably the online world was one step ahead. A new generation of social networks has been in development for some time, an evolutionary step ahead of the empty selfishness of the existing offerings.

One that has attracted a lot of chatter is Pheed (pheed.com), which has been stealing users from visual sharing networks Vine and Instagram. On Pheed, you share audio files, text, photos and videos; those with top-notch phood (try it it might catch on) can monetarise their stream by charging a subscription fee.

Sulia (sulia.com) is doing something similar: the model sort of resembles Twitter but instead of being drowned in unfiltered information, these details are sorted into channels, and users follow these channels by indicating the users they "trust" on these specific topics. You can also share your own information. It's in its early stages but in theory Sulia facilitates a network of the informed (rather than a tribe of trolls spitting hashtagged vitriol all over the page). …

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