As most of my blog friends know, 1) I no longer belong to Facebook because I became concerned about their privacy policies a couple of years ago, and 2) I'm not in the business of promoting goods and services. That said, I was led by Slashdot.org to do a little (and I do mean little) checking on a service that is similar to Facebook. The service, out of Canada, is Syme.
Here is a link to, followed by excerpst from, one of the articles that I found on Syme - from PC World's website:
Nov 28, 2013 9:49 PM
It may be the just the right time for Syme, which is now open to all after an invite-only beta trial. The technology industry, shaken by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden’s revelations of large-scale surveillance efforts by the U.S. and U.K., is looking for better ways to shield user data from prying eyes.
Law enforcement agencies around the world are also increasingly filing requests for data to companies such as Facebook and Twitter, who are compelled by law to turn over data, sometimes without informing users.
Appropriate for a privacy-centered service, “Syme” is named after a character in 1984, George Orwell’s chilling novel describing total state control. In the book, Syme was “vaporized” for being a free-thinking individual.
Syme’s user interface is refreshingly free of clutter. A bell icon, which shows the number of unread notifications, and a cog icon, to adjust settings, are both very similar to Google Plus. It has a “Like” button, just like Facebook
People register Syme accounts using an email address, and Syme can see which users have communicated with each other. It also knows when posts were written, when someone connected to Syme and the size of transferred files or photos. Hershon cautions that Syme is undergoing peer review and should not relied on for the transmission of super-sensitive messages
Before I got too excited, I found that, "So far, Syme has built an extension for Google Chrome with ones for the Firefox and Safari browsers in the works, as well as mobile applications for iOS and Android...." Note that it does not now support IE8, which is what I use.
Syme's website is here.