As it is in human nature to socialize with people up to an extent. Some people are seen to be quite active while others socialize on a specific level. People look for ways to connect and network with each other. People have been socially active on the internet for years now, which has been made possible by the advent of social networking sites and Social Media Sites in 2019.
As you might have noticed that the most famous social network sites have evolved during the past years, and they will carry on this evolution and changes as time passes by. Old sites will eventually die out and new ones will appear, the popular ones will stick around by keep evolving.
We have moved on from using MySpace to an age which is dominated by Facebook. Most of the kids have accepted that they use Snapchat more indicating that it could be the future of where social media is leaded.
So, let us have a look at the social networking sites that everyone is using and see which one is trending the most.
- 1 1. Facebook
- 2 Key features
- 3 2. Twitter
- 4 Key features
- 5 3. Whatsapp
- 6 Key features
- 7 4. Instagram
- 8 Key features
- 9 5. Snapchat
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- 11 6. Pinterest
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- 13 7. Tumblr
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- 15 8. Reddit
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- 17 9. Flickr
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- 19 10. Kik
- 20 Key features
- 21 11. Periscope
- 22 Key features
- 23 12. Tinder
- 24 Key features
Most of the People already are aware that Facebook is the most popular social networking site on the web. Other than just connecting and networking with each other, Facebook performs more functions than just that. You can sell and purchase products online and you can also promote your business by paid Facebook ads.
By looking at stats, it was told that the Facebook Messenger which is full of thousands of awesome features has become the second most popular messaging app after Whatsapp of course. People make use of Facebook either on an individual level or by making groups and chatting and socializing with a lot of people at once.
Though Facebook failed to gain control over Snapchat in the year 2013, it won to acquire Whatsapp in 2014 so that it can the one on the top of instant texting.
- With Facebook, it has become very easy to find friends you lost in your school time or childhood.
- Facebook has an integrated messenger which has a lot of cool features and is in competition with Whatsapp which is on the top.
- You can join pages and groups to get knowing a lot of people having the same interests as yours.
- Facebook live features enable you to broadcast directly from your PC or smartphone.
- You can also advertise your brand by the paid Facebook ads.
Twitter is said to be the platform where the news breaks first and is the real-time microblogging network for many people around the world. The thing that makes Twitter so unique from the rest of the social media sites is that it stresses upon real-time information and news.
Another characteristic for which most of the people like Twitter more is its word limit of 280 words, which other sites do not possess as they have a much bigger word limit than this.
Like most of the social media Twitter also has changed over the years. Many of the people are criticizing Twitter for tasking and working just like Facebook does.
It has been made easier by the Twitter card integration feature to put all the multimedia content as tweets. Algorithm timelines can also be expected to be seen on Twitter in the upcoming time.
- With Twitter, you can direct message people.
- It integrates with the third party services.
- Tweets can be pinned so they on the top of your timeline.
- You can update from your favorite major brands.
- Twitter owns a very large community of people, so it becomes hard to find specific people.
- You can easily feel disorganized with it.
Whatsapp is currently being used in about 180 countries around the globe. Initially, it was used to connect to friends and family but later it expanded and started to be used to do business. It has currently become the most popular instant messaging app. You can easily send texts, pictures videos and even audio messages to an individual or in a group.
Whatsapp uses your personal phone number to make an account rather than a username or a pin, which is used by other popular messaging apps. Contacts easily transfer from the contact book in your phone to your Whatsapp account, so you can easily access people and see who is using it.
A small number of features that can be customized is also offered by the app. You can easily change profile pictures, background wallpaper, and even the notification ringtone.
Messages in Whatsapp have now been encrypted end to end, so you are assured to no one can tap on your texts and read them and not even Whatsapp itself.
- You can make audio and video calls easily.
- Voice notes and even location can be sent with ease.
- You will find no ads in Whatsapp so it is basically ad-free.
- Messages can not be tapped as it Whatsapp has encrypted them.
- It is hard to find old texts.
- Supports all type of multimedia.
Instagram has become the most famous social media apps that are known to be sharing the most pictures ever seen by the mobile web. It permits us to share a wider range of contents which include photos, videos, stories, and even live videos. Recently, it has come up with a mew feature of IG TV which allows users to posts longer videos.
For most of the brands and Instagram Influencers, that earn legit money from it, Instagram has now become one of the leading advertising platforms around the world.
The app was initially launched on iOS, but as it gained popularity it expanded through Android and Windows Smartphones as well along with the website of course.
- You are provided with filter features which enables you to put so many of the filters provided on your pictures.
- You can add stories like in Snapchat, which will stay for 24 hours only.
- You can turn on the push notification for the accounts that are your favorites.
- With the IG TV, you can post a video up to one and hour-long duration.
- Instagram is now putting emojis to use as a way of polling how much users like or dislike something.
Snapchat is the only social media network that is totally mobile-based, that means it is not available as a website. It is also an instant messaging app that is based on the sharing of pictures and small videos.
One of the reasons for the popularity of Snapchat is that these pictures and small videos are put on stories which vanish after 24 hours time. Facebook and Instagram have also come up with this feature.
These photos and videos termed as snaps can also be sent to your friends from where they self destruct after they have seen it after a few seconds.
Like things are shared with everyone on other social media sites, Snapchat is quite different and is loved a lot by kids as it takes off the pressure. One thing about Snapchat is that it is very easy to learn and use.
Snapchat could also have been an app where you could advertise and market your brands, but with the growth of Instagram, the rise of Snapchat was somewhat hindered by it.
- Snapchat provides us with a lot of editing tools and plus filters as well which makes your photos and videos look more unique.
- It is more intimate and private than most of the other traditional social media platforms.
- It is very easy to learn and use.
- It lets you communicate with your friends too through the Direct Message features.
- You will also be notified if someone takes a screenshot of your snap.
Pinterest is a place where people go to get inspired and discover new things. To prove how social networking and search of the world and visual content has become so crucial on thew web. It is quite different than most of the social media sites as it does not primarily focus on engagement.
As the fastest standalone site ever to reach 10 million monthly unique visits, Pinterest’s beautiful and intuitive pinboard-style platform is one of the most enticing and useful resources for collecting the best images that can be categorized into separate boards.
As Pinterest users want to be inspired to try or buy new things, having a presence on Pinterest could help put your brand on their minds. Pinterest is also growing to become a huge influencer in social shopping, now featuring “Buy” buttons right on pins of products sold by some retailers.
- It is very fun and entertaining to use because of the pinboard-style it has presented.
- It is full of inspiring messages and new ideas.
- It has a very intuitive interface.
- You can help grow your business by using the promoted video feature.
- . A new tool to be featured on Pinterest, Possibilities Planner, gives businesses a look into when pinners begin to plan for holidays and celebrations.
Tumblr is also a very popular microblogging site which is excessively used by teens and adults as well. It is famous for sharing visual content just like Pinterest does.
You can share pictures, videos, texts, links and even audios and much more. You can easily change the theme of your blog, your blog posts can be created in all the different types of the content format provided.
You can also follow other people to see in the content in their dashboard feed and can also get followed back. A wide range of content is shared by people on Tumblr from photos of cats to art to fashion and much more.
A popular way to interact with others on Tumblr is liking other people’s post and also reblogging them, which means sharing the content they shared. You can end up getting thousands of reblogs and likes which depends on how far your post or blog might reach to the Tumblr community if you post great content.
- Tumblr is completely free. You can make a new blog right now without any payment.
- A wide range of themes are available on Tumblr which can be customized, so your creativity can also be expressed this way.
- Tumblr is totally personalized because you can use your domain name, which will help you brand your Tumbelog and make it professional.
- Tumblr provides you a cool blogging experience without the interruption of any ads.
- It provides Q&A features which enable your audience to ask questions and you can answer them on your Tumblelog.
Though Reddit does not possess a very appealing layout and design that does not really matter because it is still a very happening and popular place in the world of internet.
Subreddits are basically small communities that makeup Reddit and cover various topics. So the people that participate in the particular subreddit share photos, videos and links which are relevant to the topic of that subreddit.
Another cool feature is the Reddit AMAs, which is the short form for Ask Me Anything, in which users are enabled to ask a question from their favorite celebs or other public figures who basically agree to host one.
The way how Reddit works is that the users vote up or down the links which have been submitted. The links which get the most upvotes is then moved to the front page of that particular subreddit.
Plus Reddit has its own language, people who use Reddit might know there are abbreviations which are specific for Reddit only. Like OP which refers to the Original Poster, ILT which stands for Today I Learned which is one of the most common abbreviation used.
- You can simply highlight text to quote it before replying so it will automatically appear in your comment.
- You can simply use a ‘p’ in the Reddit URL so the submissions of the subreddits will appear in a slideshow.
- You can turn your post into stanzas by hitting double space and then return after the line.
- You can get info about the server who delivered you the content by sliding your cursor over the pi symbol present on the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
- Many companies have chosen to block Reddit as it is considered the black hole for productivity but you can pass you company’s filters by adding a ‘+’ in the URL.
One of the oldest social media site which became popular long ago before Pinterest and Instagram came is Flickr. It is powered by Yahoos and known for sharing photos.
If you to show your photography to your friends, share photos with them or even create albums, Flickr is one of the best places to do that. If you want to use it on your smartphones then it has now become easier as Yahoo has worked hard for updating it regularly and has kept on bringing new features and functions which very enjoyable and fun to use.
User can edit their photos the way they like and also organize them. With Flickr, you are able to upload up to 1000 GB of photos without any payment, just for free.
You can get more exposure from the Flickr world and get recognized for your talent by engaging with the Flickr community. You can do that by simply adding a good caption to the photo you shared or leave a friendly comment at someone else’s photos. You can reply to other’s comment or add a keyword tag on your picture.
- You can create a public portfolio of photos which will be called your Photostream.
- You can organize your collection by putting them into albums. You can share whole albums with your friends.
- You can bookmark photos by clicking the star button given under every photo, so you can get through them later.
- With the gallery feature, you can showcase other people’s photos with a limit of 50 photos and videos.
- You can see exactly how other users are finding and viewing your photos on Flickr by accessing your stats. You’ll get to see graphs and charts representing your source breakdown, recent views, and top views.
Kik is a free popular instant messaging app with which you can test you and communicate and connect with your friends on an individual or a group level like other messaging apps such as Messenger and Snapchat.
Kik does not use your phone number to make an account like Whatsapp, instead, it allows to make a free account by using Email and password. you can search for other users by simply searching for their username. You can also scan a Kik code or use their phone contact by using their mobile number.
An unlimited number of messages can be sent or received with Kik to anyone else, who holds a Kik account. It is almost identical to the SMS text messaging in your phone, the only difference is that it uses your data of WiFi.
- You get a notification when the text is sent, delivered or even read. You can also customize your notification ringtones.
- You can send photos, animated gifs, videos, sketches, emoticons and much more, so you are not only limited to just texting.
- you can also video chat with your friends which is a new feature that has been recently added.
- You can create a group chat, and connect with more than one person at one time.
- You can see the chat bubble if the other person is typing. Plus you can change the color of the chat as well.
Periscope is an app which is all about sharing and also experiencing live video streams anywhere from your tablets or smartphones. It can be used to capture the atmosphere among fans at an important match, to broadcast an unfolding news story or to experience what it’s like to walk down the streets of New York or Dubai.
This app is basically owned by Twitter and is a top competitor of another broadcasting app called Meerkat. Basically, anyone who is interested in starting a live broadcast can send an instant notification to the people so they can easily tune in and watch. people can participate in the live session by posting live comments or sending hearts.
People going life can read the comments and reply to them instantly as well. Broadcasters can do private live sessions for specific users, plus they are then given the option to replay their broadcasts, so the people who have missed it live can watch it later.
People who do not have anything specific to watch can simply just open the app and browse through all the kinds of broadcasts going on, being hosted live and watch them.
- Viewers can interact with the broadcasters by sending hearts or posting comments which can be replied by the live broadcasters.
- The map view features allow you to find streams and videos going on live in a particular location you have searched for.
- Broadcasts are saved and can be replayed for up to 24 hours after the initial broadcast.
- you can save your live broadcast on your phone once you are finished.
- The content only stays for a limited 24 hour time like Snapchat and then vanishes itself.
Tinder is a popular dating app that is based on location and matches you with people that live near your area. Users can set up a brief profile that mainly highlights their photo, and then anyone who’s matched up to them can anonymously swipe right to like their profile or left to pass on it as a match.
The two users can start chatting with each other in a private chat box, if you have liked someone’s profile and they have liked your back, then it is a match.
Though you can use Tinder for free there are some premium features that can be used used to connect yourself with people in other locations. You can also undo certain right swipes and can get more Super likes to let the other user know that they are extra special.
- It provides fun ways to connect and interact with other people in your area.
- Just with a right swipe, you can break the ice between the other user quickly.
- There could be plenty of trolls and fakos aside from the real and genuine ones.