Everyone knows about the top social networking sites. Most people would agree that Myspace, Twitter and Facebook are the best social networks, but how about beyond that?
Although Myspace, Twitter and Facebook are some of the most recognized networks, many people around the world don’t use them. So, where do all the social networks rank? Below I’ve listed in order the top 10 social networks, taking factors into mind like registered users, functionality and unique visitors.
1. Facebook. Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, owned and operated by Facebook, Inc. As of May 2012, Facebook has over 900 million active users, more than half of them using Facebook on a mobile device.
2. Twitter. Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets".
3. LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a professional social networking website. Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking.
4. Pinterest - is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, ...
5. Myspace. Up until this last year, Myspace was easily the number one social network. However, Myspace is falling behind — some might say it’s been left in the dust. Although it’s in decline, Myspace still holds value for musicians and artists.
6. Ning. Although Ning has millions of users, it’s little known and utilized by most people. Ning has revolutionalized social media in a lot of ways in how it boasts thousands of niche networks within itself.
7. Bebo. One of the better known social network sites among the smaller sites, Bebo, like Myspace, gives users the option to customize their profile. Bebo has recently increased traffic because of new features that let users see their friends’ activity on other social networking sites.
9. Hi5. Hi5 has been floating around as a social network for a while, but has never been able to keep up with the competition of Facebook, Myspace and others. It has most of the same features as Myspace and Facebook, but is more popular in Central America.
10. Friendster. Many people think that social networking began with Myspace, but it really originated with Friendster. It remains a top-notch social network similar to Myspace and Facebook, despite being overtaken by them a few years ago.
11. Xanga. Of the ten listed here, probably one of the lesser known, although its been around for more than 10 years. Xanga is different in how it focues on photo, video and weblogging.
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Issue: Clients with multiple profiles on twitter, facebook, myspace and linkedIn that finds keeping updates time consuming and frustrating can use the following tools.
Solution 1: Friendfeed lets you customize your feeds (information you post) to the sites you've joined. This is used to feed your tweets (updates from twitter) to facebook.
Solution 2: Ping.fm posts messages to more than 40 social networking sites, including wordpress blogs.
Solution 3: FutureTweets lets you send out information at pre-determined times.
Solution 4: TweetLater lets you send out information at pre-determined times.
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