Most of us already know that Facebook is the top social network on the web. It’s a thriving beast of a social networking site on the web with about 2 billion monthly active users and more than one billion that log on daily (according to Facebook itself).
Statistic shows that Facebook Messenger, with tons of cool features, is the second most popular messaging app behind Whats App. People use Facebook individually and by joining or setting up groups.
After failing to acquire Snap-chat in 2013, Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 so that it could be the one that was on top of instant messaging.
Twitter is known as the real-time, public microblogging network where news breaks first. Most users love it for its short message limit (now 280 characters) and unfiltered feed that showed them absolutely everything in the form of tweets.
Twitter has changed dramatically over the years, and today it’s criticized a lot for going the way of looking and functioning almost exactly like Facebook. Besides Twitter Card integration, which now makes it easy to share all sorts of multimedia content in tweets, you can expect to see algorithmic timelines coming to Twitter as well.
LinkedIn is a social network for professionals. Anyone who needs to make connections to advance their careers should be on LinkedIn. Profiles are designed to look sort of like extremely detailed resumes, with sections for work experience, education, volunteer work, certifications, awards and all sorts of other relevant work-related information.
Users can promote themselves and their businesses by making connections with other professionals, interacting in group discussions, posting job ads, applying to jobs, publishing articles to LinkedIn pulse and so much more.
Where does everyone go to watch or share video content online? It’s obviously YouTube. After Google, YouTube is the second largest search engine. Despite being owned by Google, YouTube can still be recognized as a separate social network all on its own as the premiere place online to go to watch videos on every topic under the sun and upload your own as well.
From music videos and movies, to personal vlogs and independent films, YouTube has it all. YouTube also launched a premium subscription option, called YouTube Red, which removes all advertisements from videos. It also now offers YouTubeTV, a separate live streaming subscription service.
Instagram has grown to be one of the most popular social networks for photo sharing that the mobile web has ever seen. It’s the ultimate social network for sharing real-time photos and short videos while on the go.
Now it’s even a leading advertising platform for brands as well as Instagram Influencers, who legitimately generate income through the network.
The app had initially been available for the iOS platform for quite some time as it grew in popularity, but has since expanded to Android and Windows phones, along with the web. Instagram was bought for a hefty $1 billion by Facebook in 2012.