Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites (and 10 Apps!)

top most popular social networking sites

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 with 15 most popular sites worldwide. The findings are based on original research which are further calculated using 3 databases: Compete and Quantcast that show unique visitor from the US, and Alexa rankings which combine average daily visitors and pageviews over the past 3 months globally.

The actual numbers of monthly visitors are gathered from different sites. We bring you the latest data out there.


Top Social Networking Sites

top most popular social networking sites graph

Last updated: September 18, 2016

Social network

Monthly Visitors 

Facebook 1,710,000,000
YouTube 1,000,000,000
Instagram 500,000,000
Twitter 313,000,000
Reddit 234,000,000
Vine 200,000,000 160,000,000
Tumblr 115,000,000
Flickr 112,000,000
Google+ 111,000,000
LinkedIn 106,000,000
Pinterest 100,000,000
VK 90,000,000
ClassMates 57,000,000
Meetup 27,500,000

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And wait, we have news for you! All the three databases indicate YouTube might be taking over Facebook in unique monthly visitors:

YouTube – 2 – Compete Rank | 2 – Alexa Rank

Facebook – 3 – Compete Rank | 3 – Alexa Rank


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 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!

Here are top 10 social networks apps worldwide as of October 2016:

  1. WhatsApp– Number of Active Users – 1,000,000,000
  2. Messenger– Number of Active Users – 1,000,000,000
  3. WeChat– Number of Active Users – 806,000,000
  4. QQ Chat – Number of Active Users – 780,000,000
  5. QZone– Number of Active Users – 652,000,000
  6. Instagram– Number of Active Users – 500,000,000
  7. Viber– Number of Active Users – 249,000,000
  8. LINE– Number of Active Users – 218,000,000
  9. Snapchat– Number of Active Users – 200,000,000
  10. YY– Number of Active Users – 122,000,000

Statistics from: Statista

Photo credits: PixabayVisual Hunt

Liis Hainla

Liis Hainla is a copywriter and content editor in DreamGrow Digital. Her goal is to help brands fulfill their social media and content marketing aspirations through killer content strategies. She loves animals and traveling, but strongly dislikes pan flute music. Make sure to follow her on twitter @liishainlaDG.

12 Responses

  1. zozothemes says:

    Thanks for such a great list..

  2. H.Chuku Lee says:

    New to social network planning and find your list extremely useful! Thanks…

  3. Ingrid Lantigua says:

    Thank you

  4. Ingrid Lantigua says:

    Thank you

  5. mano rocks says:

    Thank you for posting these leading social media sites

  6. Catwoman says:

    really good information for our project

  7. Very helpful list. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this list. Very important in formulating our social media campaigns.

  8. Kerrie Foster says:

    First of all, thanks for sharing this list. It’s really useful, but it would be great to supplement it with some kind of statistics regarding the audience who is using each of these social networks. This statistics could be valuable for different kind of marketers, bloggers or business owners because with such statistics it would be possible to plan a strategy for business in different niches, like e-commerce, paperhelp online, any kind of services, or use it for the purpose of self-promotions for bloggers/website owners.

  9. Joseph says:

    I have one social media site suggestion :

  10. New growing fun African Social Network check out Yahsuh Social Network

  11. Ceechrison says:

    Thanks for such a great list.

  12. Jonathan says:

    Thank you for great list and updates with statistics

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