Social networking has changed the way people connect and communicate. Just imagine the present lifestyle. It is 8 a.m. in morning; you are having your breakfast, but you do not even know what is there on your plate because you are paying your entire attention on checking notifications on your favorite social networking site. This happens with most of us. Social networking sites have made our lives highly social by allowing us to contact with anyone at anytime without spending a penny. We might skip our lunch but we never forget to check these sites once a day. Out of hundreds of social networking sites, the 10 most popular sites are listed below.
This social networking site was founded in 2004 and it has its headquarters at San Francisco, California. Today, Tagged has a membership of more than 300 million and the number is constantly increasing. It has all the features of good networking site. You can browse through the profile of your friends, you can play games, tag your friends in your posts and pictures, send virtual gifts and there’s much more to do on this site.
Owned by Specific Media LLC and the famous pop star Justin Timberlake, this site was founded in August, 2003. The headquarters of MySpace is located in Beverly Hills, California. Within a very short while after its launch, this site became the leader of all social networking sites. But now, its popularity has decreased. Yet, it has a membership of almost 25 million.
LiveJournal or most popularly known as LJ was started by an American programmer Brad Fitzpatrick in 1999. But today, LJ is particularly famous in Russia and currently owned by SUP media. LJ allows its users to maintain a blog, journal or diary. This site is also famous among the Russian political pundits who use this platform to post their political commentary. An interesting thing about this site is that is allows ‘voice posts’ to their paid and sponsored users. You can call the system and record your entry as per your convenience.
This site was launched on August 7, 2000 by Scott Jarkoff, Matthew Stephens, Angelo Sotira and others. The site is commonly known as dA. It has its headquarters at California and United States. Currently, it has a membership of 19 million people. dA is an excellent platform for all those artists who need a medium to showcase their work to the entire world. This site has a category structure and accordingly, the work of every individual is arranged into it. Photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash, filmmaking, skins for applications are some of the categories in which the arrangement is done.
Although this site is new in the field of social networking, it already has 250 million registered users. Launched in June, 2011, this site is owned by Google Inc. Like any other site, it took time for GooglePlus to gain popularity, and in October 2011 there was an outburst of registered users on this site. You can add your friends in your ‘circle’, play games, upload your pictures instantly, and you can also enjoy the new features with your mobile. There is also an option of video chatting on this site.
Like Googleplus, Pinterest is also one of the newer websites and it was launched in 2010. It is social photo sharing site and it operates in the style of pin-board. Pinterest is managed by Cold Brew Labs with the help from some small scale entrepreneurs. The main aim of Pinterest is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting”. This site allows users to create their own theme-based image collection. You can browse through the pin-board of other users and like their work. ‘The rising star of 2012’ is the phrase which has been used to celebrate the success and growth of this website.
Linkedin was founded in December 2002 and was launched in March 2003. It is a social networking site which is basically for professional people. According to reports, this site has about 150 million registered users. Professionals can built up a contact network by their direct connections. You can upload your resume on the site which is very helpful for finding jobs. You can also design your own profile and make it attractive so that it contributes to your resume and you can get a job more easily. You can follow the posts of companies and get notifications about new job offers and other incentives.
‘The SMS of the internet’ is the most appropriate words to define this site. This site was launched in 2006 by Jack Dorsey and it has a current membership of 500 million users. The messages or tweets have definite word limit. The concept of twitter revolves mainly around the followers. Twitter defines the effectiveness of small messages and it does it beautifully.
YouTube is the most popular video sharing website which was launched in 2005. It is also a California based company. You can upload any video, watch them and you can also share them with your friends. You can leave a comment about the video and it also has an option of liking the videos. This site has 54 language versions.
Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, today Facebook stands as the king of all social networking sites. It has a membership of more than 900 million users. Today, every person has a Facebook account, whether you are a student, a business man, parent of four children or a child who has just celebrated his 10th birthday. You can see your friend’s ‘wall’, post a comment there, upload photos, tag your friends in them, play different kind of games and the list goes on. There is an endless list of the stuff which you can do on Facebook. Nowadays, it is also preferred by the teachers because now they don’t have the task of manually circulating class presentations among students. Now they just have to form a group and post all the notes in it. What will our life be without Facebook?