Video: 10 Most Popular Social Media Websites And Apps in 2019
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! 10. Snapchat 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 teens 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. 9. Reddit 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 controversial content. However, Reddit's admins have said that they don’t ban communities solely for featuring controversial 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! 8. Twitter 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. Before we move on with our list, go ahead and subscribe to our channel right now so you don’t miss any of our upcoming content! 7. Google+ 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. According to a 2016 book by a former Facebook employee, some key people at Facebook saw the launch of Google+ as a serious threat to the company and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg even instituted a company-wide "lockdown", signaling that employees were supposed to dedicate time to bringing Facebook's features into line with Google+. Just two weeks after the launch, Google+ reached 10 million users. In a month, it reached 25 million and by October 2011 that number grew to 40 million. As of June 2018, there are approximately 395 million monthly active users on Google+. 28 % of Google+ users are aged between 15 and 34 years, and 73.
7% of those are male. Google+ is especially popular with photographers since, unlike other social networks, Google+ provided photographers with a complete set of tools for uploading, personalizing, and updating images easily. 6. Tumblr Microblogging platform and social networking site Tumblr allows users to post text, photos, links, videos, and more. The platform, which is especially popular among teens and young adults was founded by David Karp in 2007 and acquired by Yahoo! in 2013. As of 2018, Tumblr hosts over 417.1 million blogs and has over 550 million monthly users, 69% of which are millennials. While it lags behind more popular image sharing platforms like Instagram, Tumblr is still very much relevant in 2018. There’s a catch though! Tumblr is pretty much an enclosed platform which has its specific niches. The most popular of these are centered on art and drawing, photography, productivity hacks, social justice, as well as various TV, movie, music, and video game fandoms.
While social justice activists on Tumblr are often mocked for their self-congratulatory attitudes and lack of real-life involvement in social justice issues, Tumblr has fully embraced advocacy and activism on its platform. The site has an aggressive plan to promote activism in the coming year, especially when it comes to registering new voters ahead of the midterm elections in November. According to Victoria McCullough, the social impact and public policy lead at Tumblr, the website’s game plan for the coming year will focus on promoting marginalized voices and offering users more proactive ways to participate in activism. 5. Instagram Ever since it first debuted in 2010, Instagram has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity. This social networking app primarily used for sharing images and videos acquiring 1 million registered users in just two months after it launched. After three rounds of funding, Instagram was acquired by Facebook on April 9, 2012 for a mere $1 billion and today, this hugely popular app has more than 800 million monthly active users and counting. Instagram is especially popular among social media marketers, which comes as no surprise since this app is based on storytelling and – as every business owner knows – creating an engaging story is the key to connecting with customers and getting them to buy your product or service.
Over 70% of all US businesses use Instagram and 80% of users follow at least one business on Instagram. The other group of Instagram users who simply couldn’t survive without Instagram are celebrities. And no, it’s not just because they’re narcsisstic, it’s because they make seriously good money by promoting products on their Instagram pages. As of 2018, realty TV star Kylie Jenner has the most lucrative account on Instagram, earning a dizzying $1 million per post. Singer Selena Gomez comes in second place at $800,000 per post, and football star Cristiano Ronaldo in third at $750,000 per post. Kylie Jenner’s older sister Kim Kardashian takes the fourth place with $720,000, while superstar Beyoncé is at number five with $700,000 per post. 4. Facebook Messenger Facebook Messenger is Facebook’s messaging app and platform originally developed as Facebook Chat in 2008.
After revamping the platform, Facebook released the Messenger as standalone iOS and Android mobile apps in August 2011. Facebook Messenger allows users to send messages, exchange photos, videos, and other files, as well as react to messages with emoticons and stickers. Additionally, Messenger can be used for group chats, one-to-one communication, calling, playing games, and sending money between users. After being separated from the main Facebook app, Facebook Messenger had 600 million users in April 2015. This number grew to 900 million in June 2016, 1 billion in July 2016, and 1.2 billion in April 2017. The current number of monthly users is 1.3 billion, and by 2021 Facebook Messenger is expected to grow to 2.48 billion users! Like any free messaging app, Facebook Messenger comes with potential security issues. If you’re worried about your privacy on Facebook Messenger, there are a few things you can do.
For example, if you don’t want the sender to know that you have read their message, just switch on the Airplane Mode on your smartphone when you get a message notification. Then simply open the Messenger, read all received messages, and make sure you quit the app by launching the multitasker and booting it before switching airplane mode off. While there is no way to log out of the Facebook Messenger app – all you can do is choose between different availability statuses like "Appear as inactive", "Switch accounts", and "Turn off notifications” – there’s a way around this too. Just go into the Settings of your Android device, close the Messenger if you have it open, and get rid of it from your recent apps list. In Settings, scroll down to the Apps or Application Manager, and scroll down until you see Messenger. Tap on this, and then click on Clear data. This will clear your old login data so the next time you tap on Messenger it won't log you in automatically. 3.
WhatsApp Messenger This free messenger app for smartphones that allows users to communicate through text messages, voice calls, video calls, and by sending videos and images was launched in 2009 by two former Yahoo! employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum. In February 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in its largest acquisition ever. However, the messaging app has been kept separate from Facebook's main social network and its Facebook Messenger app. With over 1.5 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in the world. WhatsApp is used to send 55 billion messages, 4.5 billion photos, and 1 billion videos every day. The popularity of this messaging app is credited to its lack of international calling and messaging fees, lack of third party ads, regular updates, and plenty of exciting features.
While YouTube has two primary groups of users – those who upload videos and those who watch them – many of the 1.8 billion monthly users fall into both categories. Available video content on YouTube includes video clips, music videos, short films, video blogging, educational videos, and plenty more. As of August 2018, YouTube is ranked as the second-most popular site in the world with more than 400 hours of content uploaded each minute and 1 billion hours of content watched every day. In 2018, the most popular YouTube channel was PewDiePie, belonging to a Swedish YouTuber and video game commentator Felix Kjellberg. Kjellberg’s channel has over 66 million subscribers and has so far received almost 19 billion video views. The most viewed YouTube video of all time is planetary hit “Despacito” by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and rapper Daddy Yankee.
“Despacito” became the first video on YouTube to reach the milestones of three, four, and five billion views. The second most popular video based on total global views is Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s song “See You Again” from Furious 7 Soundtrack, followed by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and PSY’s “Gangnam Style”. As of September 2018, Canadain superstar Justin Bieber is the only artist to have five videos exceeding one billion views, while Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Nicky Jam and Shakira have four. 1. Facebook Other social media sites may come and go, but Facebook is here to stay. Founded in February 2004 by Hardvard drop-out Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is now the largest social media platform in the world with over 2.2 billion monthly active users. Every minute, 400 new users sign up to join Facebook and every day 35 million people update their Facebook statuse. Facebook users come from all over the world. Leading countries based on number of Facebook users are India, United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam.
The most common age demographic is young people between ages of 25 and 34 and 76% of them are female. As popular as it is, this social media giant hasn’t been without its critics. Criticism of Facebook extends to everything from Facebook’s ruthless market dominance to user privacy. In 2018, Facebook was implicated in one of the largest data scandals in history when it was discovered that Cambridge Analytica, British political consulting firm that ran President Donald Trump’s campaign, had harvested raw data from up to 87 million Facebook users. The collected data was detailed enough for Cambridge Analytica to create a psychological profile of each user which suggested what kind of advertisement would be most effective to persuade a particular person in a particular location for some political event. In an interview with CNN, Mark Zuckerberg apologized for the situation, calling it an "issue" and a "mistake", but not a "data breach". During his testimony before Congress on April 10, 2018, the Facebook CEO said it was his personal mistake that he didn’t do enough to prevent Facebook from being used for harm.
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