In this busy world, social media has become addicting. Well, it’s not strange at all! Ever since the dawn of time, we have been looking for ways to connect. Now that we can, there are quite the advantages these networks offer. Some of us use social websites to relax — some like the thought of being able to follow the latest news from all over the world while sitting at home, while others use them to enhance their career and professional development. And even though you can probably guess which one of them is the most popular, here is a list of the top 5 interesting social networks that can be found on the web according to statistics.
Facebook: Is there someone you know who hasn’t heard of Facebook — THE social sharing website that was started in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg. No doubt, this is the world’s most popular social network. It has been estimated that 64% of all Facebook users visit their profiles on a daily basis. So, what is it that makes our society so crazy about it? Probably because it helps us stay connected, no matter the place, location or time. It offers various features like chat – instant messaging, live stream videos, messaging, and voice calls. And all of this for FREE! Above all, it’s ridiculously easy to use and access. All you initially have to do is sign up with your email ID and from next time, you need only those credentials to login.
You have your own newsfeed where you can see posts from your FB friends and online communities you have liked. You can use the LIKE button to give your feedback. It recently rolled out its alternative reaction buttons: sad, love, wow, haha, yay, and angry. And have you thought about how many times you have forgotten important birthdays? Well, Facebook is there to remind you about EVERY single one of them. What’s more, everyone will see your wishes on your friend’s timeline. However, you still need to be careful when sharing personal data. FB privacy settings may help you restrict the visibility of your profile and posts.
YouTube: While they were coming up with YouTube, hardly did the three former PayPal employees have any idea that they were going to create the most popular video sharing website in the world. Interestingly enough, their initial intention was to make a dating site. However, it turned out to be something completely different. Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to spend a day without watching a video on YouTube. It allows you to sign in with your email ID, creating a new user profile where you can create your own playlists, upload videos, and save favorite videos for later.
Also, you can watch videos without having to sign in, but if you need to make a comment, you just can’t be anonymous. When uploading a video on YouTube you can see how many people have watched it, plus the total number of people who have liked or disliked it. Definitely, one of the perks of YouTube is that you get a list of related videos based on the ones you are currently watching and re-watching.
Twitter: This is an online news and social networking site where registered users can post their opinion within a 140 character-limit. A lot of people think that it is exactly the word limit that makes Twitter stand out in the deep sea of social networks. Doesn’t it spark your creativity and precision of thought — “how can I say more with fewer words?” Twitter is also based in the United States, started in 2006. What you are going to see on Twitter is top trending news and star tweets. You can also post your own stories and reply to others’, while unregistered users basically can do nothing.
Retweet when you really like a tweet and you want other people to see it! And don’t worry about privacy since Twitter can restrict those who see your posts.
LinkedIn: Launched in 2003, LinkedIn is mainly used by job seekers and recruiters. This cool service, otherwise known as professional networking, lets users create professional profiles and get connected with each other. What is great is that invitations to other users are not restricted — you can basically invite anyone. Since its debut in 2003, it is estimated to have 500 million users and about 10 million active job posts. In fact, what makes this network attractive is that it allows users to upload their CV, which helps them get a job based on their qualifications. What is more, LinkedIn can make you more likely to be found and appointed, than any other professional networking site.
Pinterest: A photo sharing website, where you can post your photos, like others photos, create/join a group and have followers. Besides these, Pinterest also acts as a search engine where users can look for any specific content or product and pin it on to their boards. The link is usually external. And don’t take it for granted or think that it’s only suitable for girly pictures of glitter, clothes and make-up! The truth is that most businesspersons use it to generate website traffic and as a marketing platform for their business. In fact, the whole point is how you use it and for what purposes.
Billie Jean Bateson is a fashionista and love fashion marketing. My career started in 2011 as an online marketing analyst, blogger & fashion expert @ Amazing Wristbands. In the mean time, I also love writing articles in various inspiring categories for popular websites, forums, and e-magazines.