Facebook (1, 100, 000, 000 estimated monthly visitors)
Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site, which is available in 37 different languages, includes public features such as:
- Marketplace – allows members to post, read and respond to classified ads.
- Groups – allows members who have common interests to find each other and interact.
- Events – allows members to publicize an event, invite guests and track who plans to attend.
- Pages – allows members to create and promote a public page built around a specific topic.
- Presence technology – allows members to see which contacts are online and chat.
Twitter (310,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
Twitter is a free social networking microblogging service that allows registered members to broadcast short posts called tweets. Twitter members can broadcast tweets and follow other users’ tweets by using multiple platforms and devices. Tweets and replies to tweets can be sent by cell phone text message, desktop client or by posting at the Twitter.com website.
LinkedIn (255,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
LinkedIn is a social networking site designed specifically for the business community. The goal of the site is to allow registered members to establish and document networks of people they know and trust professionally.
Pinterest (250,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
Pinterest is a social curation website for sharing and categorizing images found online. Pinterest categories include architecture, art, DIY and crafts, fashion, food and drink, home décor, science and travel, among an almost endless list of other possibilities. Users can add a “Pin it” button to their browser and then select and “pin” online images to virtual pinboards, which are used to organize categories. Pinterest requires brief descriptions but the main focus of the site is visual.
Google + (120,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
Google+ (pronounced Google plus) is a Google social networking project. The Google+ design team sought to replicate the way people interact offline more closely than is the case in other social networking services, such as Facebook and Twitter. The project’s slogan is “Real-life sharing rethought for the web.”
Tumblr (110,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
Tumblr is a free social networking website that allows registered users to post multimedia content to their own customizable blogs. Given its simple, concise nature, Tumblr is not best suited for long text-based posts like full articles; rather, it’s good for broadcasting short messages to readers. The microblogging platform is praised for its simplicity in aesthetics, management and content posting. Many Tumblr blogs feature humour, fashion, design and art.
Instagram (100,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
Instagram is a free online photo sharing and social network platform that was acquired by Facebook in 2012. Instagram allows members users to upload, edit and share photos with other members through the Instagram website, email, and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare and Flickr. Instagram’s editing features include various digital filters, one-click rotation and optional borders. Photos can be shared on one or several social media sites at once with a single click.
Snapchat (100, 000, 000 estimated monthly visitors)
Snapchat is a mobile messaging application used to share photos, videos, text, and drawings. It’s free to download the app and free to send messages using it. It has become hugely popular in a very short space of time, especially with young people.
VK (80,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
VKontakte (VK) is Europe’s largest social networking website, it is most popular in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Belarus. It is similar to Facebook, as VKontakte allows users to message their friends privately or publicly, create groups and public pages, share and tag images and videos, and play games. VKontakte is the fourth-most visited site in Russia. The majority of VKontakte users are young men and women between the ages of 18 and 24.
Flickr (65,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
Flickr (pronounced “flicker”) is an image hosting and video hosting website and web services suite that was created by Ludicorp in 2004 and acquired by Yahoo in 2005. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.
Vine (42,000, 000 estimated monthly visitors)
Vine is a free mobile application that enables users to record and share an unlimited number of short, looping video clips with a maximum length of six seconds. Vine was acquired by Twitter in October 2012. The Vine app debuted in January 2013 and is currently available for free on the Apple App Store (iOS). Compatible devices include the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, the third-, fourth- and fifth-generation iPod Touch, and the iPad. Vine requires iOS 5.0 or later and has been optimized for Apple’s iPhone 5 (5S).
Meetup (40,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. Meetup’s mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.
Tagged (38,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
Tagged is a social discovery website based in San Francisco, California, founded in 2004. . It allows members to browse the profiles of any other members and share tags and virtual gifts.
Ask.fm (37,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
Ask.fm is a global social networking site where users create profiles and can send each other questions. The site was founded in Latvia and launched on June 16, 2010 as a rival to Formspring. It has since overtaken the latter in terms of worldwide traffic generated. The site was purchased by Ask.com in August 2014 with the intention to “focus on turning around the philosophy of the company and putting trust and safety first.
MeetMe (15,500,000 estimated monthly visitors)
MeetMe (formerly myYearbook) is a social networking service founded in 2005. In 2011, myYearbook merged with Quepasa Corporation. In June 2012, the combined company was renamed MeetMe, IncMeetMe focuses on helping users discover new people to chat with on mobile devices. Approximately 80 percent of MeetMe’s traffic comes from mobile. The service has more than one million total daily active users.
ClassMates (15,000,000 estimated monthly visitors)
Classmates.com is a social networking service founded in November 17, 1995 by Randy Conrads as Classmates Online, Inc. It originally sought to help users find classmates and colleagues from kindergarten, primary school, high school, college, workplaces, and the U.S. military. In 2010, CEO Mark Goldstone described the transition of the website “to increasingly focus on nostalgic content” such as “high school yearbooks, movie trailers, music tracks, and photographic images”
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