Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites (and 10 Apps!)
Last updated: May 8, 2017
Maybe you know the top 3 or even the top 5 social networking sites, but do you know what’s happening behind them?
We have compiled a list of top 15 most popular social networking worldwide. The findings are based on latest original research which. New social media sites are coming and going but these have stood the test of time. We update this list of social media sites with new data as it becomes available. The data in this list combines global and US social media visitors. The actual numbers of monthly visitors are gathered from different sites. We bring you the latest data out there.
Top Social Networking Sites
Here’s the graph of top 15 social networking sites in the world. As you can see Facebook is leading the pack with a huge margin in front of Youtube. Then there’s another gap of similar size to Instagram on the third place.
- Facebook jumped by 80 million monthly active users from 1.86 billion in December 2016 to 1.94 billion in March 2017. Breaking the 2 billion mark is near
- Instagram announces 700 million users in their blog post.
- Reddit adds 16 million users and displays 250 million users on website.
- Meetup reached 30 million users.
Visual size comparison
Again, on this graph you can see the three large circles dominating the rest. Only Twitter and Reddit battling it out for the fourth space seem to come close to the top 3. However, in Russia VK has a huge penetration, dominating the Russian speaking world as Facebooks does globally.
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And wait, we have news for you! There is some indication that a new social network might take the to spot. YouTube might be taking over Facebook in unique monthly visitors:
If you want to find out more about how powerful video is predicted to become, check out this infographic!
You can also take a look at our interactive graph
Top 10 Social Networking Sites by Market Share of Visits [USA]
Top Social Networking Apps
With the growing popularity of mobile social networking, we have also created a list of 10 leading social apps globally. These apps are in fierce competition with the main social sites already!
The picture here is a bit different if we look at the brand names. WhatsApp and Messenger are in a close race for the top spot. But both of theses most popular social media apps are owned by Facebook so the competition may not be as fierce as between completely separate companies. Then there’s a lot of Asian apps and then on the sixth spot is Instagram, again owned by Facebook.
- Facebook Messenger has caught up with WhatsApp an they are now tied with 1.2 billion monthly active users (Messenger up from 1 billion). Both of these mobile platforms are owned by Facebook.
- Instagram has now 700 million users.
Social Networking App
|Messenger (owned by Facebook)||1,200,000,000|
|WhatsApp (owned by Facebook)||1,200,000,000|
|Instagram (owned by Facebook)||700,000,000|
For list of social media apps that are smaller check List of virtual communities with more than 100 million active users from Wikipedia.