Marketplace: Why Russia just can’t quit YouTube

Marketplace: Why Russia just can’t quit YouTube. “Platforms like Facebook have been banned and labeled “extremist” by Russian authorities. Some sites, including YouTube, remain partially available. At the same time, the Kremlin is trying to push Russian users away from YouTube to a domestic video platform, ‘RuTube.’ It’s part of a strategy to convince citizens and content creators to abandon Western social media sites. But even though RuTube and YouTube were developed around the same time, the Russian video service hasn’t had YouTube’s success.”

CNN: Why Russia might struggle to maintain its digital iron curtain

CNN: Why Russia might struggle to maintain its digital iron curtain. “Rossgram’s apparent launch delays, and the dearth of other notable Russian Instagram rivals, offer a stark contrast to countries such as India, where a ban of Chinese apps, including TikTok, and government tensions with Twitter over the last couple of years quickly resulted in a host of local alternatives to those services. It also highlights the broader hurdles Russia’s technology sector has to overcome in order to build a self-contained internet that isn’t dependent on western platforms. The Russian government has been trying to make this break for years but that effort has been further accelerated by Russia’s war with Ukraine and the resulting exodus of, and crackdown on, US big tech companies.”

WIRED: Dependent on Facebook Groups? Here’s How to Break Free

WIRED: Dependent on Facebook Groups? Here’s How to Break Free. “In this group, and other similar Facebook groups I belong to, people ask for extra vials of insulin, a spare continuous glucose monitor, supplies that will help their children survive until morning and beyond. I don’t know what I would do without these circles that I go to daily for input from more experienced parents of kids with type 1 diabetes, and, occasionally, simply to express sadness that my son has to struggle with this disease. Complicating my reliance on Facebook groups is the unfortunate fact that I, like many others, have serious issues with Facebook, Meta, and Mark Zuckerberg.”

Washington Post: Worried Wordle may go behind a paywall? Here are 8 alternatives.

Washington Post: Worried Wordle may go behind a paywall? Here are 8 alternatives.. I recognize the irony of a Washington Post article about paywalls. However this article is overtly non-paywalled, probably because the Washington Post had the same recognition. “I’ve scoured the Internet and crowdsourced friends for free Wordle-inspired adaptations. They range from NSFW options like Lewdle (like, seriously NSFW), to music-inspired alternatives like this Phish-themed version, to just plain silly, like Letterle.”

Mashable: 9 of the best ‘Wordle’ clones, because one word a day isn’t enough

Mashable: 9 of the best ‘Wordle’ clones, because one word a day isn’t enough. “Our obsession has been endlessly analyzed and dissected. We’ve shared strategies and tips. It has been meme-ed and shared all over Twitter. It was even bought by the New York Times. And of course our insatiable appetite for the simple puzzle game has been the catalyst for multiple Wordle clones. Here’s a roundup of our favorites.”

Noupe: Top 10 online form builders of 2022

Noupe: Top 10 online form builders of 2022 . “From designing easy-to-read forms that your prospects want to fill out, to data-collection forms that help with webinar registration, reservations, and contact tracing, it’s important to work with the best online form builder that helps you meet your specific conversion goals.”

Fast Company: These alternatives to Gmail, Google Docs, and Drive will protect your privacy

Fast Company: These alternatives to Gmail, Google Docs, and Drive will protect your privacy. “Other companies like Skiff, Vivaldi, Brave, and DuckDuckGo are all trying to pick away at the kind of all-encompassing tools that Google offers, but with privacy as a core value. In doing so, they’re taking advantage of both a broader privacy awakening in the tech industry and improvements in the technology that protects user data. But while their goals seem noble, they also face the same fundamental challenge: Beating the likes of Google on features other than privacy is harder than it looks.”

Mashable: 5 password managers to replace LastPass

Mashable: 5 password managers to replace LastPass. “According to The Verge, LastPass’s free version will only allow users to view their passwords from one type of device, either mobile or computer, starting March 16. On that date, users will have to choose their device category, which they will be able to switch only three times, or upgrade to Premium at $3/month. Since I do actually want to make my life easier and more secure (and yours, too!): I’ve gathered the best free and paid alternatives to LastPass.”

Google Photos Is Killing Free Unlimited Storage: 7 Top Alternatives (PCMag UK)

PCMag UK: Google Photos Is Killing Free Unlimited Storage: 7 Top Alternatives. “As noted, you still get 15GB of Google storage for free. A Google storage link can show you an estimate of how long your storage will last, based on your upload history. Smartphone photos from my iPhone X and Google Pixel 4 XL average around 700KB each, so 15GB would mean 21,000 photos shot with those devices. If your photos are from a full-frame D-SLR, the image files will be quite a bit larger, in the range of 15MB to 50MB each, so the number of shots that will contribute to 15GB is more like 600—and serious photographers will have far more than that. Here are your best options if you’re using Google Photos.”

Make Tech Easier: Fed Up With Facebook? Here Are 5 Alternatives

Make Tech Easier: Fed Up With Facebook? Here Are 5 Alternatives . “Competing social networks, regardless of how good their features are, tend to be under-populated simply because they haven’t accumulated the necessary critical mass of people. If you’re looking to diversify your social media, the Facebook alternatives below, tiny as they are in comparison, are some of your best bets.”

Make Tech Easier: 4 Great Alternatives to Google Calendar

Make Tech Easier: 4 Great Alternatives to Google Calendar . “Calendars seem like a fairly basic technology on the surface, but if it were that easy to make a good calendar program, there would presumably be more worthy alternatives to Google Calendar. It’s simple, effortlessly cross-platform, shareable, tweakable, and comes with a boatload of random helpful features and integrations, and there’s honestly no perfect clone out there. There are, however, a few that come quite close, so if you’re looking to make the switch with minimal friction, check out the four Google Calendar alternatives below.”

Slate: All Alone on Cocoon and WT Social

Slate on the biggest problem of trying to move to a social network besides Facebook: All Alone on Cocoon and WT Social. “There have always been new social media sites hoping to take Facebook’s place the way it took Myspace’s. Diaspora, launched in 2010, is a nonprofit promising users ownership of the site. Ello, created in 2014, vowed to stay ad-free. Mastodon, which is more similar to Twitter, is an open-source and decentralized platform that has been steadily growing since it came onto the scene in 2016. I have accounts on all three, so when Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales took to Twitter to announce his new social media network WT Social in November of this year, I figured I’d join that too.”