Based on usability, popularity, and number of unique monthly visitors to their website, we have come up with this comprehensive list of social networking sites for 2014. You may have heard of all of these, and may use some of these, however If you have taken your time and are yet to jump on the bandwagon for one or two from this list, then don't wait any longer.
1 | Facebook
Facebook, after many years, still reigns number one in the popularity contest. With the most number of unique monthly visitors on the site, largest user database, Facebook has created itself a fantastic networking service, allowing users to connect, reconnect and grow their list of contacts. Facebook is used for professional, personal, dating, making friends, uploading photos, videos, sending messages, create business pages, and sharing links to websites, which have often made or broken many businesses. The anomaly that has been created since 2004 is a force to be reckoned with and the 900,000,000 of estimated unique monthly visitors (as of May 1st 2014) do not lie. Facebook has, is, and will continue to stay on the top of our social networking top charts for a long time coming.
2 | Twitter
This online social networking and microblogging website has enabled users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called "tweets". With 310,000,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors, twitter has taken over as a great way to communicate with companies, future employers, celebrities or of people you wish to follow. Twitter is an instant messenger, instant news reporter, instant advertising tool, and an overall great way to get more online presence. If you aren't 'tweeting' yet, then set up your account today!
3 | Google Plus+
I have to admit that it took some of us some time to hop onto the back of this truck, however Google Plus+ is a great way to share and discover google products, google services, and google affiliated websites. Google Plus+ offers the convenience of having one google profile that allows you to login in to Gmail, Youtube, Maps, Chrome, Google Play, Blogger, News, Drive, Earth, Toolbar, and more. Approximately 120,000,000 estimated unique monthly visitors, and plenty of ways to make Google Plus+ your own.
4 | LinkedIn
With 250,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors, LinkedIn has set itself up as a great website for the business community. Link up with old colleagues, current colleauges, and potential employers. LinkedIn has been a way to gain employment, develop contacts for business purposes as well as view job listings and industry articles. You simply can't just create a profile and let it linger online, LinkedIn requires a high level of user interactivity for it to work for you, and this has created a loyal database of users looking to connect with a person and not a machine/automated response.
5 | Pinterest
This is possibly, the - most - addictive - browsing - tool - ever! This visual pinboard uses images and descriptions that are pinned to virtual 'pin boards'. Companies, bloggers, this is an amazing way to spread the idea / recipe / product / page through pinning, liking and sharing. You can join Pinterest as a user or a business and with 150,000,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors, you don't want to miss out on the opportunity to be seen.
6 | Tumblr
Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. Tumblr is the tool to help you customize everything, from colors to your theme's HTML and more. They have an average of 110,000,000 estimated unique monthly visitors and a fabulous way to microblog and showcase your work and life personally or professionally.
7 | Instagram
Instagram has a unique database of loyal users that take a picture or video, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram, super easy. This free application allows you to share to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more. It's a new way to see the world, share your life, business, and day to day views to the world. Instagram rakes in 85,000,000 estimated unique monthly visitors.
Other websites you might have forgotten about:
You might have thought MySpace was dead and gone, however they are still racking in a unique monthly visitor base of 40,000,000 and more. Surprised? So were we. However I can understand that people find Myspace a fun interface for personally meeting new people.
Flickr stands strong as an image and video hosting forum.
Classmates is a great place for people to connect with old classmates as well as share nostalgic content such as year books, old school photos, etc.
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