Top 10 Most Popular Social Media Websites & Apps in 2018
From the most popular app among teenagers to the social media giant used by one third of the world’s population, these are Top 10 most popular social media websites and apps in 2018!
Founded in 2011 by Bobby Murphy, Evan Spiegel, and Reggie Brown, Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app where users can send images and videos to friends. What makes Snapchat different from other similar apps is that these images are only available for a short time before they disappear. Unlike normal texting and sending pictures back and forth, Snapchat more closely mimics a face-to-face conversation since the interaction feels more authentic. Snapchat also features various filters or lenses, which allow users to add special effects to an image or video. Snapchat users are also able to add virtual stickers, text, and doodles on their pictures or videos to personalize them further.
As of January 2018, Snapchat has over 300 million monthly active users and the vast majority of those are and young adults aged 18-24. People under the age of 25 use Snapchat for 40 minutes on average every day, which is more than Instagram’s latest statistic for the same demographic. More than 20,000 photos are shared every second on Snapchat and 528,000 snaps are sent every minute. Snapchat is also hugely popular among celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and even former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Reddit, founded in 2005 by University of Virginia roommates Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman, is an online community and social networking platform that enables users to submit links, create content, and discuss the topics of their interest with other registered members. The various posts are organized by subject into user-created boards called subreddits. These subreddits cover a variety of topics, including news, TV shows, music, video games, movies, science, food, fitness, and many more. Users – called ‘redditors’ can give individual posts a rating, either up or down, which will boost or lower the posts position on the site. Submissions with more up-votes appear towards the top of their subreddit and, if they receive enough votes, ultimately on the site’s front page.
As of February 2018, Reddit had 542 million monthly visitors, ranking as the #3 most visited website in U.S. and #6 in the world. While Reddit has been praised for its open nature and diverse user community, it has also come under fire for allowing subreddits dedicated to explicit or content. However, Reddit’s admins have said that they don’t ban communities solely for featurinl content. According to Reddit’s general manager Erik Martin, having to stomach occasional morally questionable subreddits is a part of the price of free speech. Do you agree with Martin or not? Let us know in the comment section below!
Created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams, Twitter has grown into much more than a social networking platform. Today, Twitter is a relevant online news source. On the day of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Twitter proved to be the largest source of breaking news, with 40 million election-related tweets sent by 10 p.m.
Twitter allows users to post and interact with 280-character messages known as Tweets. The service, which is available as both a mobile app and a desktop version, is similar to Tumblr and Instagram in that the content a user posts will appear in their followers’ feeds, and vice versa. Users can also accompany their tweets with images, videos, gifs, and hyperlinks. In March 2018, Twitter was ranked #12 most visited website by Alexa’s web traffic analysis. Daily user estimates vary since the company doesn’t publish statistics on active accounts. According to latest estimates, Twitter has around 330 monthly active users, but about 23 million of those are actually bots. One subset of Twitter bots played an important role in the United States 2016 Presidential Election. Researchers estimated that pro-Trump bots generated four tweets for every pro-Clinton automated account and out-tweeted pro-Clinton bots 7:1 on relevant hashtags during the final debate.
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Google+ is Google’s fourth social networking service, following Google Buzz, Google Friend Connect, and Orkut. Just like Facebook – though far less popular – this social network allows users to post photos and status updates to the stream, connect with friends and family, and chat or video call privately or in groups with other users in Google Hangouts.