Who would expect that human beings would be a social creature? At present, the majority of people are surely guilty of such. They indulge themselves by participating in the different social networks and creating an account to have a platform where they can share and express their ideas. Along with the rise of the internet, people started satisfying this natural online necessity by joining different internet forums. The evolution in these social forums has resulted in today’s global networking.
At present, everyone has surely heard of some of the most popular social networking sites like Facebook. But of course, there are more networking sites. Each of them serves a different purpose, though similarities with the uses and functions may be inevitable. Some of these websites are designed to share information, some are useful in finding a new job, others are used for sharing music, pictures, videos, and there are some that invite other members for a specific purpose. Below is a list of the most popular social networking sites and the reasons why they are on top.
This is one of the most known social networking sites. In fact, this is considered to be a global network that hundreds of millions of active users use to share content and connect with other people. After registering, one can start creating his own profile and adding friends that he would like to share his status updates with, as well as chat, videos, and photos. Moreover, Facebook has pages that a person can “like” to be a part of the community that shares a common interest. In Facebook, one needs to be at least 13 years old to set up an account.
This is a social network that is relatively different from Facebook. Twitter is a micro-blogging system that allows people to create short messages consists of 140 characters, known as tweets. In order to create a Twitter community, one needs to “follow” someone to receive their tweets through the newsfeed. Twitter has another special characteristic called as “hashtag” to reach a bigger audience.
This is one of the newest among the social networks. It was released last June 28, 2011. Google+ is a service that allows people to keep in touch with friends and to discover interesting people. To register, one has to fill in his personal information and upload a profile picture.
This is a unique social network site. In here, a virtual pin board is present where one can create, manage, and share his image collections which are in relation to a specific topic. One can browse the other pin boards, like photos, and re-pin images to his own pin board.
This is a Smartphone application that allows people to take photos, add filters, and share with the other users. What makes Instagram different from the other social networks is the square shape of the photos.
These are only some of the most popular and widely used social networks that cater to the different needs of the people. The right use of these social networks may benefit people not just by having a venue to share information, ideas, and for self expression. But, these platforms are now considered as an effective tool for marketing and advertising that can take a business to greater heights.