Here is a list of new and emerging social networks to explore in 2022. There are networks for developing professional relationships, messaging in real-time, sharing experiences in audio, and exploring augmented reality. Several of these networks offer ad-free environments with enhanced privacy.
Octi is a new social network that uses augmented reality to connect people in real life. Members can make videos with objects and scenes and earn digital Octi coins as more people engage. Octi is backed by Live Nation, the global entertainment company.
Clubhouse is a popular social audio app where users can host discussions on any topic. Topics unfold in real-time. On Clubhouse, participants can sit back and listen, raise their hand to chime in, or host their own rooms. Originally an iOS app and invite-only, in 2021 Clubhouse launched an Android app and finally came out of beta, open to all.
CloutHub is an ad-free social network for civic, social, and political empowerment and engagement. Participate in intelligent discussions and debates. View and share content. Join groups. Get news updates and access to valuable resources. Take action to address the problems that impact you.
Spaces is a new expansion of Twitter for live audio conversions. Twitter now offers the ability to host a Space to all accounts with 600 or more followers. Spaces are for small, intimate conversations or big discussions with thousands of listeners. Joining a Space allows listeners to react with emojis, check out pinned tweets, follow along with captions, tweet or direct-message the Space, or request to speak.
HalloApp is a new social network app for family, friends, and colleagues. The network is ad-free and does not collect or use any personal information. A phone number connects members. Chats are end-to-end encrypted — no one else can read them, not even staff of HalloApp.
Polywork is a professional social network in invite-only beta for users to create a free personal web page, share what they’re up to (personally and professionally), and send collaboration requests to others. Polywork was founded on the idea that people are more than the labels society has placed upon them, such as job titles and the schools they attended.
Yubo is a live-streaming social platform targeted at Gen Z (i.e., under age 30). Start a live video chat with up to 10 friends and even invite others to join. Swipe to find like-minded people, and discover communities. Yubo has gone through a few iterations, but the French social network has gained popularity over the last year thanks to enhanced integrations with Snapchat and YouTube.
Poparazzi is a photo-sharing app where members create social profiles. Members receive a notification when a follower takes a photo of them, and members have complete control of removing any photo from their profile. Only members’ followers can post directly to the profile. All other photos appear in a profile only after members approve.
Honk is a new real-time messaging app. There is no chat history or send button. Users see every message typed in real-time, with the pauses and emotion customarily missed.
MeWe is an ad-free social network with privacy built-in to its core design. Users own their content, control interactions, and design their privacy. MeWe does not share or sell information to advertisers or marketers, and there is no targeting. MeWe launched in 2016, but it’s seen large gains in members recently due to its focus on privacy and new features such as dual-camera videos and MeWe Stories.
Quest is an app containing career-advice soundbites. It’s a way for followers to listen to experts without having to sift through an entire podcast. And experts share knowledge without having to write a blog post.