Social Media Report
Social media networks have exploded in recent years. Below we present the most popular ones ordered by launch date since 2000.
- LinkedIn Dec 28, 2002
Business and employment-oriented network, used mainly for professional networking, posting and responding to jobs, etc.
- Friendster Mar 22, 2003
Allowed registered users to maintain friends list and share content with those friends. No longer operative
- MySpace Aug 1, 2003
Friends networking, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos.
- Skype Aug 29, 2003
Offers a voice-over-ip application that specializes in video chat, video conferencing and instant messaging. Users may transmit text, audio, video and images.
- Orkut Jan 24, 2004
Social network designed to help users meet new and old friends, and maintain relationships. Add youtube or google videos to profile, and create polls.
- Facebook Feb 4, 2004
Currently the largest social network, offering friend networking, posting photos, videos and other content to profile, liking and disliking other content, timeline, news feed and instant messaging.
- Hi5 Jun 27, 2004
Friends network, photo sharing, user groups and status updates. Oriented towards gaming and entertainment.
- Youtube Feb 14, 2005
Posting user-generated videos, sharing, liking and disliking videos, and commenting on videos. It is currently used for many types of video content including movie trailers, live streams, tv and movie clips, news videos, etc.
- Yahoo!360 Mar 16, 2005
Offered maintaining personal websites and blogs, share photos from Yahoo!Photos, create and share a public profile and see which friends are currently online.
- Bebo Jan 2005
Offered blogging, sharing photos, music, videos and questionnaires. Friends network and sending messages and personal profiles.
- Reddit Jun 23, 2005
Social news aggregator offering profiles, liking and disliking posts, commenting system and organizing content into boards called "sub-reddits".
- Twitter Mar 21, 2006
Started off allowing users to send and receive small messages known as tweets. Now allows posting content including photos, videos, etc. Grouping messages using hashtags, and following other users.
- Tumblr Feb 2007
Allows users to post multimedia content including photos, videos and other content to a short-form blog.
- Whatsapp Jan 2009
Offers voice-over-IP services, cross-platform messaging and groups. Allows users to send and receive messages, share documents, photos, location, make voice and video calls, etc.
- Pinterest Mar 2010
Social network designed to enable saving and discovery of websites using images and, to a smaller extent, videos
- Instagram Oct 6, 2010
Photo and video sharing social network which allows users to upload photos and videos and apply various "filters" and organize it with tags and location information.
- WeChat Jan 21, 2011
Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app. It has been described as China's "app for everything" because of its wide range of functions.
- Google+ Jun 28, 2011
Offered a user profile, including photos and other biographical information. Included a networking feature known as Circles which enabled users to be organized into groups.
- SnapChat Sep 2011
Offers a multi-media messaging app with a unique feature of short-living pictures and messages.
- Discord May 13, 2015
Offers a voice-over-ip application and digital distribution designed for video-gaming communities. Specializes in text, image, video and audio communications between users in a channel.
- TikTok Sep 2016
Video-sharing social network offering short lip-sync, comedy, music, talent and reaction videos.
- Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media