Social media platforms are plentiful. As a result, determining which new social network is worthwhile can be difficult.
If you’ve been on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for a while, you may want to branch out and try something new. You’ve come to the right place if that’s the case.
In this post, we’ll look at some of the most popular social media sites for 2021 that you may not have heard of yet but should keep an eye on.
Clubhouse is a new social media network that rose to prominence in late 2020 and early 2021. Its unique offering as the first audio-only social media platform distinguishes it from other social media networks.
Clubhouse will be the most talked-about new social media platform in 2021, just as TikTok was in 2020. The app’s unique features and rapid growth rate have also piqued the interest of larger tech companies, which are now working to develop potential rivals for the audio social media platform.
How Does Clubhouse Work?
You can use Clubhouse to build and enter audio chatrooms to address topics that concern you. Conversations are led by speakers, with listeners occasionally chiming in, as in a live podcast.
You’ll find active chatrooms to enter when you first open the app. You can also build your own chatroom and invite other users to join it.
Clubhouse is adopting Snapchat’s strategy of not storing any content. On Clubhouse, no recordings are saved; you can only listen to live conversations.
Clubhouse is currently only open to iOS users by invitation. The Android edition, according to the app’s co-founder, will be available in a “couple of months” in March 2021.
Download: Clubhouse for iOS (Free)
Parler (pronounced parlor) is a social media site that grew in popularity as a platform for free speech. Right-wing activists who had been blocked or removed from other social media platforms flocked to the app, which quickly grew in popularity.
Following the Capitol Hill protests in January 2021, major tech firms blacklisted the site, and it was removed from both the Apple and Google App stores. The app was also removed from Amazon’s web hosting service.
But it was in the year 2020. Parler is making a comeback, and with its already large user base, it’s one of the hottest social networking sites to keep an eye on.
How Does Parler Work?
It can be difficult to figure out how to use the Parler app. It’s like a cross between Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit. From the Discover tab, you choose the people and topics you want to follow, and your News Feed is curated accordingly.
You can also post “Parleys,” which are images, GIFs, or links to webpages and text, as well as upvote and “echo” posts that you want to share on your feed.
Download: Parler for Android (Free)
Houseparty is a relatively new social media platform that has been gaining traction since the start of 2021. Up to eight people can participate in a live video session using the social media platform.
The app, which was first released in 2016, became extremely successful during the COVID-19 pandemic and has continued to expand since then.
How Does Houseparty Work?
Instagram Live is close to Houseparty. In a live chat, you will invite your friends to join you. In contrast to Instagram, you can invite up to seven friends to participate in a live chat.
Epic Games, the app’s creators, have included some free in-app games for you to enjoy.
Nextdoor is a social networking platform that connects neighbors and allows them to communicate and exchange information. The hyperlocal nature of the platform is its power.
The website, like Facebook, has a News Feed. But you can only see messages from your neighbors, unlike Facebook, where you can see posts from almost anyone.
The app can also be used to locate nearby restaurants, buy used furniture, report a missing pet, post a safety issue, and much more.
The app’s popularity is credited with inspiring Facebook’s latest Neighborhood functionality, which is currently in beta testing.
How Does Nextdoor Work?
The Nextdoor app includes an interactive map that allows you to locate your neighbors on the site, as well as a News Feed where you can see what they’ve been up to. You may advertise an event, seek referrals, and sell to your neighbors.
You can also use the Urgent alerts feature to warn your neighbors about potential dangers.
Vero is the social media network you need if you’re searching for anything similar to the original Instagram. Vero is an ad-free photo-sharing site that is quickly becoming the platform of choice for many privacy-conscious individuals.
The platform stands out because it does not use an algorithm to rate its messages, despite having most of the features of common social media sites. Instead, all of the material is presented in reverse chronological order.
The platform aims to survive on a subscription model because it does not make money from advertising or data sales. The platform, on the other hand, is giving its first million users a free lifetime subscription.
How Does Vero Work?
Vero functions similarly to Instagram, but without the advertising. You can upload and edit photos, control who sees your posts, and categorize your relationships (the platform’s version of friends) as acquaintances, friends, or close friends.