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How to replace Facebook with "Nicebook"

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Many people would like to leave Facebook, but fear that leaving Facebook means losing connection with family and friends.

But that’s not true. You CAN leave Facebook and still stay in touch with your loved ones.

I call my replacement a “Nicebook” because if gives you all the nice things about Facebook (photo sharing, connection, liking, comments, etc.) without all the not-so-nice things about Facebook.

It’s just a shared album on Google Photos.

A shared album on Google Photos not only gives you the good things about Facebook without the bad things, it gives you other things Facebook cannot give you:

  • Photos are full quality, not made low-resolution like Facebook makes them

  • Share and connect with all the people in your life who are not on Facebook

  • Photos go to everyone, not just the 7% or so of the people Facebook decides should get them

  • No ads

  • No contributing to the massive harm that Facebook does to the world

The idea is: I create my “Nicebook,” and you create yours. By “joining” each others’ shared albums, we are connected exactly as we would be connected as “friends” on Facebook.

Here’s my Nicebook. Click on the link to join.

Here’s how to set up YOUR Nicebook:

  1. Go to the “Albums” tab of Google Photos, then click on the “Create Album” box.

  2. Give your album a name (I recommend your name, or something like “My Nicebook.”

  3. Click “Select Photos,” click once on one photo (just to get it started), then click on the “Done” button.

  4. Click on the “Share” button in the upper right corner, then invite your family and friends to join. (you can also click on the Facebook button to invite everyone from Facebook)

  5. In the future, you can just use the “Share” button on any photo in Google Photos. Click on “Shared Album,” then choose your specific folder.

  6. Add a caption by clicking on the “i” button on a photo, then typing in your caption under “Add a description.”

  7. I recommend changing the order of photos to show newest ones first. With your album open choose “Edit Album” from the options menu, then click on the up-down arrows to change the sort order.

From now on, just use your shared “Nicebook” album like you used to use Facebook — share photos and comments, interact with people’s comments, and keep inviting people to join. Also: Encourage others to do the same.

Let’s get off Facebook, everyone, and share our photos in a space we control, without ads, filtering, fake news or other abuses.

Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook?

Facebook’s daily active user number in the U.S. and Canada fell for the first time ever in Q4. 

The social network boasted 185 million daily users in those countries in the last quarter, dropping by a million to 184 million in the most recent quarter. 

Why has this number dropped? 

Is this good or bad? 

Is this the beginning of decline for the world's biggest social network?