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All Popular Social Networks You Need to Know About Today

Today social networks provide a way for people to communicate and interact online. While it has been around since the dawn of the Internet, in the last over 20 years or so we’ve seen a surge in both the number and popularity of social networking sites.

 

 

The term Social media itself is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, collaboration, interaction(i.e. voting, commenting), content-sharing (ideas, files).Almost everyone worldwide with an internet connection is on some form of social media. The social media helps for creating virtual social communities better known as social networks.The virtual social communities or social networks play significant role in our lives and can’t be denied it slowly turn to be our main way of communication.

In this blog post I’ll try to break down the most popular today social media sites.See below list of 20+ Most Significant Social Networking Sites:

 

1. Facebook

 

The most popular social networking site was launched in 2004 with the idea users to connect with family and friends and online sharing of various content. Facebook facilitates and also promotes different types of interaction between users, family, friends, and colleagues. Facebook was built initially as a social network for college students. The most popular social network in the world is home for almost everything — messages, news, videos, live chat and video streaming, games, links, shops, reviews, you name it.

 

 

2. YouTube

 

YouTube is the second most popular social network in the world where everyone go to watch or share video content online. Despite being owned by Google, YouTube can still be recognized as a separate social network all on its own and as the premiere place online to go to watch videos on every topic under the sun and upload your own as well. From music clips, videos and movies, to personal video blogs (vlogs) and independent films, YouTube almost has it all. Something interesting for you to know is after Google, YouTube is the second largest search engine. Some time ago the social platform launched a premium subscription option, called YouTube Red, which removes all advertisements from the available videos.

 

3. Twitter

 

Twitter was founded back in 2006, and has its headquarters in the USA, San Francisco. Known as the biggest social network for micro blogging Twitter is a platform for real time broadcasting of news or short updates in form of text messages or other media, which can be combined. Some people use Twitter just to listen, others to keep in touch with friends and family. Twitter is also an amazing resource for businesses to grow their audiences, increase traffic and generate more leads. Shared in the network bits of information are with limited length of 140 characters and are called Tweets. Twitter is unique social network and pioneered in the social networking world by using new ideology, new terminology and new technology. Almost anyone these days has used or heard about hash tags, mentions, tweets or retweets. Twitter offers one of the best ways to discover news, new content or keep up with favorite topics of interest and people. Twitter lets us to exchange ideas and information instantaneously bringing folks together from all across the globe unlike ever before.

 

 

4. Reddit

 

One of the most popular social networks Reddit is a source for what’s new and popular on the Internet. Users of this controversial network can post media, stories, and links to individual communities, also known as “subreddits”, where other users vote and comment on the published posts.

Each community or subreddit has its own users, page, subject matter and moderators. By means of voting, users determine what posts rise to the top of community pages and, by extension, the public home page of the social network’s site.Reddit is multilingual social network and platform where some famous people use to engage auditories, answer questions or promote ideas and initiatives.

 

 

5. Instagram

 

Instagram is a social networking platform and service created in 2010 for sharing (privately or publicly) photos and videos from smart phones or mobile devices. As seen also in other social networks, everyone who creates an Instagram account has a profile and news feed. When users post a photo or video on Instagram, it will be displayed on their profile. The main features which made Instagram visible and so popular is a user can apply various digital filters to their images, and link the photos up to other content on Instagram featuring the same subject or overall topic. Other useful features of the social network are locations and hash tags. Users can connect their Instagram account to other social media profiles, enabling them to share photos to those profiles as well. By now Instagram is one of the most influential social networks in the world and has many added features, such as curated content, private messaging and live-video broadcasting. Instagram was acquired by Facebook back in 2012.

 

 

6. Pinterest

 

Pinterest was launched back in 2010. The idea behind Pinterest is based on the shared interest of its users and relies on crowd sourcing. This means the members of Pinterest produce the majority of content. This social network allows users to upload, save, sort and share images from other websites and categorize them on different boards. Users of Pinterest can follow other users’ boards if they have similar interests or tastes. Some of the most popular categories in Pinterest include Food, Design, Arts and crafts, Style and Fashion.

 

 

7. LinkedIn

 

Launched back in 2003, LinkedIn is hands-down the most popular social media site for professional networking. LinkedIn is great network and social community for people looking to connect with people in similar industries, networking with local professionals or displaying statistics and business related information. Many of you probably know LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft in 2016. As the only professional-focused social network at the moment LinkedIn is an extremely unique type of network. Still the social network for professionals has no serious competition in Internet. The website of LinkedIn is available in 24 languages and has over 400 million registered users.

 

8. Tumblr

 

Acquired by Yahoo in 2013, Tumblr is another micro blogging and social networking website where users can literally share anything. Text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos can be uploaded and shared from phone, desktop, and email or whatever you think of. In my opinion Tumblr is not exactly the right place to share several-thousand-words blog post, even if this is possible (unlike Twitter, where there are limitations), but is the very right place to share a wise though, weird moving picture or an interesting link. Furthermore, you can like other people’s content posted on Tumblr rather than publish comments as you would on a traditional blog post. As it is in Twitter, in Tumblr users can reblog or share a Tumblr post that was published on another user’s Tumblrlog just with the click of the mouse. Tumblr content usually is short, sharp bursts of personality rich. Fun animated gifs and small notes of silly content seem to get shared the most and become viral easily.

 

 

9. Yelp

 

Yelp as a social site was founded back in 2004 to help people find great local businesses. Similar to Yellow Pages, Yelp consists of a comprehensive online index of business profiles. Businesses are searchable by location, category or name, which is nothing new for Yellow Pages either, but the main difference between Yellow Pages and Yelp is that Yelp is a social network, while Yellow Pages is not. Or not yet, at least.

Yelp allows individuals to write and publish reviews about businesses, and rate them on a five-points scale.Sharing photos and videos from different places is another option this social network has.Messaging and talk features are made available for general members of the website, serving to guide thoughts and opinions.The social network Yelp is operational in many different countries, including the United States, Canada,, but still is not popular worldwide. Business account holders are allowed to create, share, and edit business profiles. They may post information such as the business location, contact information, pictures, and service information.

 

 

10. Quora

 

Founded in 2009 this social network has a community of users who can ask and answer questions, vote or participate in a discussion on almost any topic. Quora is a place where usually answers of general questions are available, but for many non-popular matters users can explore topics in depth too. The non-registered users of the site cannot vote, comment, suggest edits, or send answer requests to any of the registered users. Unlike other social networking sites, Quora allows questions and answers to be posted anonymously, but it doesn’t allow anonymous comments to be posted as direct responses to published answers.

 

 

11. Google+

 

Google Plus or just Google+ is a social networking service from Google and builds off of your Google Account. Google+ helps its users to connect to others with similar interests or passion with Communities. Nothing much different compared to what many other social networks offer. For instance Communities pretty much operate as discussion boards or Groups in Facebook.

At same time Google Plus helps users to keep those interests separate by means of Circles. Circles aim to personalize sharing with smaller groups. Users of Google+ social network can have separate circles for hobbies, work, news, and tech, and share particular content directly with Communities instead of Circles for niche content. The users can also control the amount of content they would like to see from each community in their feed. Much like how Twitter works, the registered users can follow someone and see all the activity that other people post publicly.

 

 

12. Flickr

 

Created in 2004 and acquired by the Yahoo a year later, Flickr is the best social network available online for managing your photos. The website of Flickr is just excellent for annotating, curating and storing photos and images.

Flickr’s website and app are great for storing, viewing, sharing or reusing photos in or out of the website from any device. The platforms allows users of the social network to connect to each other (to create friendships), follow the activity of each other, leave comments, tag photos and send direct messages. The registered users of the network can also form groups.

 

13. 4Chan

 

A way different than many other social networks 4Chan is one of the most popular social networks available online.

The main difference between 4Chan and the majority of existing social networks is users do not need to register an account before participating in the community. Activities on the English-language image board 4chan take place on message boards and image boards. The network was created and launched in 2003.Primarily 4Chan was used for sharing and discussing pictures and discussing manga and anime, but the social place evolved quickly and now features various boards dedicated to wide variety of topics including politics, arts, sports, photography and many more.

 

 

14. Swarm

 

Developed by Foursquare, Swarm is a location-based social networking app, where users can check into different locations share their locations with their friends and create a record of their life experiences in personal lifelogs.Foursquare website allows businesses to create a new page or claim an existing venue, which is something that exists in Yelp, Facebook and Google as an option too.

 

 

15. VK

A.k.a. “Russia’s Facebook “.

Probably some of you never even heard of VK , which is the largest social network in Europe, the most popular social network in Russia, and takes the second most popular website in Russia, after Yandex . VK is also very popular in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and other countries from the former Soviet Union. VK has very similar to Facebook’s interface but amongst its users is considered more trustworthy, easier to use and more fun compared to the more popular social network Facebook. VK is mainly used by young people but compared with most of the existing social networks the ads are less disturbing and annoying. VK makes it very simple, to copy music files or video files from one’s friends. Music sharing is the thing that has surely fueled the growth of VK.

 

 

16. MeetUp

 

The social network Meetup allows users to create, find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as hobbies, politics, health, pets, careers, books, games, movies or something else. MeetUp is another way to meet new, real people, to make friends or practice your social skills, through meet ups organized over the social site. One small detail is not everything in this popular social network is free.

 

 

17. Ask.fm

 

Ask.fm is a global social networking website founded in Latvia, which is set up in a question and answer format and is very popular with tweenagers and teens, mainly due to the promoted anonymity, which is one of the key differences between Ask.fm and other popular social media platforms. ASKfm cannot be used by children under 13, which is a rule similar to adopted by other famous social sites. The social network is available in 52 languages and was acquired by Ask.com in 2014.

 

 

18. LiveJournal

 

LiveJournal is a popular social network, and a place for self-expression, where the communities are built around common interests and users can read and share links and various media such as videos, photos, polls, etcetera. LiveJournal is Russian social network (with American origin), where users can keep a blog, journal or diary and it is one of the most interesting virtual communities to be a part of and with some of its functions resembles Tumblr. The most distinctive feature of LiveJournal in addition to the blog services is the “friends list,” which gives the site a strong social aspect .Each registered user has a friends’ page, which collects the most recent journal entries of the people on his or her friends list.

 

 

19.MySpace

 

The social network MySpace, was the largest social networking site in the world in the mid-2000s, but lately was overtaken by Facebook in the number of unique worldwide visitors. Still very popular MySpace is an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, offering personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos with a strong music focus. MySpace now is mainly art and music oriented social networking site, prioritizes musician pages and encourages its users to upload songs or videos. The social network allows users to discover and connect with musicians and explore music through access to a massive digital music library and by interacting with other users. Users who are not into new music, or anyhow involved in the music industry themselves probably won’t find MySpace very interesting.

 

 

20. Classmates

 

The Social network Classmates makes finding, reconnecting, and keeping up with your high school class easy and fun. Classmates has probably the largest directory of high schools, class lists, and digital yearbooks available anywhere, with over 70 million users from over 90 percent of U.S. high schools. This network is not completely free, which is one of the reasons Classmates is not as popular as other social networks. Basic members of Classmates can create profiles and search the social networking site for friends. Basic members may also post to and read message boards and view information about upcoming reunions, but they may not email anyone. Members, who pay a fee, have access other members’ photos, biographies, profiles, timelines, interests, announcements and send email to and receive email from any member, view notes posted on their profile bulletin board, see the names of others who have visited their profile and signed their guest book, access and use tools for planning reunions and create their private groups.

 

 

21. Odnoklassniki

 

Odnoklassniki ranks as the second most popular Russian social networking site after VK. The Russian version of Classmates is popular in the former Soviet Union republics and in Russia. Odnoklassniki means Classmates in Russian language. The social network is available in 14 different languages, including English and German. Odnoklassniki is the largest Russian-based entertainment social network. The network allows the registered users to upload and edit photos with a variety of filters and decorations (available with the mobile version, feature similar to Instagram), keep in touch with friends and family, browse the most popular videos or upload, send or receive variety of gifts, read the latest news or participate in group discussions, play games, rate and browse photos, get achievements and more. With the mobile application OK users can make calls for free anywhere in the world.

 

 

22. Weibo

 

Twitter has been blocked in China, but Weibo is microblogging site and China’s second most dominant source of news content, where the users of the social platform come for information acquisition, sharing items and commenting. Formerly well known as the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, over the past years, Sina Weibo has transformed to a comprehensive platform which incorporates the major features of social media channels like Instagram,YouTube and Twitter.

 

 

 

23. Qzone

Qzone is presently being one of the most active social communities in the whole industry and the largest social network in China.The owner of the Social Networking site Qzone — Tencent is one of the largest Internet companies and amongst the largest gaming companies in the world. The social media platform allows users to send photos,write blogs,watch videos keep diaries and listen to music.Qzone is oriented to the Chinese market and there is no version translated in English, but if you can access and share content on Qzone in English with QQ International.While the full version of Qzone is available to Mandarin speakers only, international users who don’t speak the language can still enjoy the main features of Tencent’s popular social network.

 

To Be Continued…

 
 
 

 

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