MeWe is a privacy-oriented social network that unites over 20 million users worldwide and more than 600,000 interest groups. This platform aims to give users control, protect their data, and provide a high-quality user experience. MeWe's distinctive feature is the absence of ads, targeting, and news feed manipulation. The platform is available on iOS, Android, and desktop devices in more than 20 languages and over 200 countries worldwide.
The story of MeWe began in 2011 in New Mexico when co-founders Mark Weinstein and Jonathan Wolfe envisioned creating a new generation of social media. They were disappointed with the attitude of major tech companies towards personal privacy and their readiness to sell user data. As a result, they developed a concept of a safe and respectful space that unites people and brings fun back to social networks. MeWe officially launched at the South by Southwest Interactive Media festival in 2016, where the platform was nominated for the “Innovative World Technologies” award.
In March 2021, Jeffrey Edell, an experienced executive in entertainment and technology, became the chairman and CEO of the company. Under his leadership, MeWe significantly improved the user experience, increased the number of members, and intensified the focus on privacy.
Key Features of MeWe
MeWe leads the transition to the Social Web, and the first step to real control over your personal data is establishing your Social Identity. To understand this, let's look at the main features of the MeWe project:
- What is the "Social Web"?
The Social Web is a set of applications created by developers who strive to enhance the ability of individuals to manage their digital experience. Unlike the modern web, where major platforms control our data and digital life, the Social Web prioritizes people. It provides a transparent technological infrastructure that allows each person to manage their digital world and prioritize human connections.
- What is Amplica Access?
Amplica Access is an advanced service that enables users to create and manage their Social Identity for the Social Web. After creation, users can use their Universal Identifier, subscriptions, and connections with people in any Social Web application. With this innovative system, users fully control their Social Identity, preventing other companies from owning and storing it.
- What is my "Social Identity"?
Your Social Identity is an online profile that you use to access the Social Web and to communicate with others on it. The first step in creating your Social Identity is to register your unique Universal Identifier.
- What is my "Universal Identifier"?
When creating your Social Identity, choose a name that is easy to read and consistent across all Social Web applications. This will make it easier for you to find connections and for others to find you. The system will automatically add a suffix to your chosen name, so you don't have to worry about it being unique. In most cases the suffix will not be displayed.
Blockchain Project Development
In 2023, MeWe made a strategic decision to transition to blockchain. In partnership with Frequency and Amplica Labs, the transition to the blockchain-enabled Social Web began, featuring the following improvements:
|The product represents the next generation of the internet
|Fully decentralized project, eliminating the possibility of user data control by a centralized authority or corporation
This step allowed MeWe to embody its principles in code and strengthen commitments to user protection and control. Based on the estimated number of users, MeWe is expected to become the largest decentralized social network.
MeWe has received support from many respected individuals in the fields of technology, media/entertainment, and finance, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Steve Wozniak, Divya Narendra, Gavin Wood / Bjorn Wagner, and Frank McCourt.