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Type of site
Private Social Network
Available in English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
Owner Sgrouples, Inc.
Created by Mark Weinstein[1] and Jonathan Wolfe
Alexa rank Increase 66,012 (February 2016)[2]
Registration Required
Launched May 16th, 2012[3]
Current status Active

MeWe is a social networking site with a focus on user privacy, launched in 2012 (as Sgrouples).[4] Their offices are in Sunnyvale, California.[5]

MeWe offers a variety of features, applications and social network services on its user interface. The platform offers a free custom dashboard that lets members create and interact with private personal groups, invite and manage their contacts on other social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and provides a personal storage cloud facility. This aggregation tool aids internet users who have to access and remember usernames and passwords for their separate online networks.[3]


Mark Weinstein and Dr. Jonathan Wolf founded Sgrouples, Inc. in 2011[6] after noticing that users of large social networking platforms, like Facebook, were fatigued due to breaches in their privacy.[3][7] Sgrouples, Inc. officially launched the public beta version of Sgrouples on May 16, 2012.

Before Sgrouples, Weinstein and Dr. Wolfe co-founded two social networking websites in 1998, '' and '', which were recognized as PC Magazine’s "Top 100" sites three times. In 1999 they also created the social networking site 'SuperGroups'.[3]

Sgrouples, Inc. renamed their website to MeWe on October 15, 2014.[8]


The key features of MeWe are:

  • Private custom-made user groups
  • Cloud storage for important documents with My CloudTM (4GB free at sign-up, up to 10GB free with sharing)
  • Social network aggregation facility in one user-friendly dashboard
  • Shared Event calendars
  • Privacy bill of rights - no tracking, no profiling, no sharing of personal information[3]

Currently the main attraction of MeWe is its feature of creating Groups for specific sharing purposes. Members can be invited to a group by email address, from social networks, or from other already-created MeWe groups. They have different permission levels, including contributor, viewer, limited, or custom.[9]


Sgrouples was accepted as a member and named to the Honor Roll in recognition of its leadership in the field of Online Privacy and Security by Online Trust Alliance (OTA) for the year 2012.[10]

The Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, announced cofounder and CEO Mark Weinstein as an Ambassador of Privacy By Design in recognition of his thought and leadership in the field of online privacy and security, and commitment to the principles of Privacy by Design.[11]

Weinstein is also a steering committee member of the White House initiative National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyber Security Alliance (NTICS)[12]


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External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Privacy Isn't Dead With Millennials, It's Thriving". Forbes. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  2. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Launches Public Beta- Targets Growing Facebook Fatigue, Business Wire, 16 May 2012
  4. ^ Fontana, John (2012-08-07). "Will Sgrouples end social networking’s attack on privacy?". ZDNet. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Sgrouples offers social network alternative in wake of NSA/Prism - Silicon Valley Business Journal". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Will Sgrouples end social networking’s attack on privacy?", ZDnet, August 7 2012
  8. ^ "Sgrouples Launches MeWe—The World's Private Communication Network". Business Wire. 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  9. ^ Sarah Jacobsson Purewal @geeklil. "Hands-on with 5 promising private social networks". TechHive. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  10. ^ "Mark Weinstein: Sgrouples Named to the Online Trust Alliance 2012 Honor Roll in Recognition of Excellence by Msr Com". newsle. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  11. ^ "Mark Weinstein - Privacy By Design". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  12. ^ "Beach BOOSTER Wasaga Beach by Bill Frieday". ISSUU. Retrieved 2013-12-01.