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Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites and Apps [November 2017]

top most popular social networking sites

Last updated: November 7, 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.

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  • Instagram announces 800 million users in their blog post.
  • Twitter has updated its active user numbers over a long time to 330 million
  • Pinterest monthly active users have increased by another 25 million to 200 million
  • VK reached 97 million monthly active users
  • Reddit adds 16 million users and displays 250 million users on website.

Find the full data and gtaphs below.

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Top Social Networking Sites

Facebook jumped by 60 million monthly active users from 1.94 billion in march 2017 to 2.01 billion as of June 30, 2017 (Later updated to 2.07B). The rate of growth seems to continue at 20 million active users per month. So, by the end of the year we should see 2.1 billion Facebook monthly active users. Here’s the post where Zuckerberg announced the news:

Zuckerberg post 2 billion Facebook monthly active users

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.

top most popular social networking sites

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Monthly Active Users

Facebook2,070,000,000
YouTube1,500,000,000
Instagram800,000,000
Twitter330,000,000
Reddit250,000,000
Pinterest200,000,000
Vine (In January 2017, The Vine became the Vine Camera)200,000,000
Ask.fm160,000,000
Tumblr115,000,000
Flickr112,000,000
Google+111,000,000
LinkedIn106,000,000
VK97,000,000
ClassMates57,000,000
Meetup32,300,000

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 Facebook does globally.

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world map of social networksWorld Map of Social Networks 2017

Take a look at the visualization showing the most popular social networks around the world. The world map of social networks 2017 is based on recent traffic data (January 2017). Check out the world map of social networks…

And wait, we havyoutube-logoe 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:

YouTube2 – Compete Rank | 2 – Alexa Rank
Facebook3 – 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 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.

top most popular social networking apps

  • WhatsApp added another 100 million monthly active users reaching 1.3 billion and leaving Facebook Messenger behind with 1.2 billion monthly active users. Both of these mobile platforms are owned by Facebook.
  • WeChat took the 3rd position as it passed QQ with more than 70 million monthly active users as QQ continues to slide.

Social Networking App

Monthly Active Users

Messenger (owned by Facebook)1,300,000,000
WhatsApp (owned by Facebook)1,300,000,000
WeChat938,000,000
QQ Chat861,000,000
Instagram (owned by Facebook)800,000,000
QZone652,000,000
Viber249,000,000
LINE218,000,000
Snapchat200,000,000
YY122,000,000

Social networking apps are going to grow even bigger as people adopt them into their everyday lives. Here we have listed the mobile-first social media platforms. But the Facebook mobile app would dominate this list with 1.2+ billion monthly active users. As smartphones’ adoption continues, the share of the desktop use of social media platforms will fall .

For list of social media apps that are smaller check List of virtual communities with more than 100 million active users from Wikipedia.

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Priit Kallas

Priit is the founder and CEO of DreamGrow Digital, an internet marketing and social media company. With his 20+ years internet marketing experience he is Helping companies to understand and use the digital marketing to reach their target audiences. He has spoken at hundreds of seminars and conferences on different aspects of internet marketing. Priit is also the organizer of Digital Elite Camp, a leading traffic and conversion event.

122 Responses

  1. moviesonline.mn says:

    Thanks for your list 🙂

  2. Really interesting statistics. To be honest at the rate Instagram is growing it wouldn’t surprise me if it has similar numbers as Facebook by the end of next year…

  3. Gotam says:

    These are the best Social networking sites that you can use for all kind of purpose like meet up & for business purpose as well.

  4. Thank you for sharing this list. Very important in formulating our social media

  5. Not much different; as same as 2016. I think I would like to see most popular of 50+ site 🙂 but sure, this list is good 🙂

  6. Mandy says:

    Great insight! I use WeChat on a regular basis to connect with my family and friends because it’s very popular in China.

  7. Jon Murphy says:

    Hi,
    Thx for the info…..very useful. However, am I blind or where on the map are the 2nd & 3rd largest colors for Instgram & Youtube? Difficult to see them if there, the lite blue and orange.
    Also, sooo much of social media is being used for political propagandizing & pushing political interests – especially on fb – that it’s turned me off, temporarily. Is there a vehicle on these platforms that allows one to only get notifications on specific topics, say if I was to use it for biz marketing, only seeing those posts but have the ability to pull up ALL other posts, if want to? Lastly, can the comment section come first before having to scroll down on all 90 odd comments -i. e. is there a way to ‘fast forward’ thru them when one wishes to just make a comment?
    I appreciate you and what you are doing!
    Best,
    Jon Murphy

  8. Dmitriy says:

    Hi, everybody!
    I want to share with you interesting information on this topic. I’m sure that here you will find a lot of new for yourself: https://mlsdev.com/blog/124-best-new-apps-of-2017
    I think this can be useful for you)

  9. Bill says:

    Where is LinkedIn in these rateings…can’t believe it dosen’t have a share…believe they have been ranking around #7 pretty consistently.

  10. Notcy says:

    Many thanks, Pritt,
    An excellent list of popular social networking sites.

    Regards from NotthinghamC

  11. chloe jeffery says:

    where is musical.ly??

  12. Best list of social media sites and social media apps i had ever seen..

  13. Slyman says:

    Good work. Wat abt telegram application/chat

  14. eman says:

    Can anyone recommend a scheduling tool for Instagram? any suggestion?

  15. zozothemes says:

    Thanks for Sharing Amazing Social Media Sites

  16. Hi, Priit thanks for sharing an awesome article about Social networking sites. Keep sharing

  17. Emily says:

    Thanks for sharing the information but these website are normal to use for some one who is in digital marketing business. Is there any more social media platform rather than this.

  18. anna says:

    In your opinion, what will be occur on the social media for future years?

  19. It is increasingly becoming important for small business, as well as big business to be active on these social media platforms. Until recently, we were focusing mainly on Google+, Facebook and Twitter, but I understand there is a need to be live on all platforms available at our disposal today. Thank you for posting this list. Was really helpful.

  20. Sabrina L. Gaulin says:

    I appreciate the work that you’ve done to provide this wealth of information. I want to thank you for making the extra effort to update the information as well! This is my first time on your site but I know I’ll be back.

    I have a presentation report to complete for my professor. I’d like to use this information and possibly the graphics. Do I have your permission to use the information for my presentation/report?

  21. Dallas says:

    It’s very helpful list and thanks for the list..

  22. Atlanta says:

    Really good information shared with us..

  23. Vyshnavi kacham says:

    I want social networking websites and not social media sites..they both are different I suppose..

  24. Olalekan Ajia says:

    I am giving an alumni lecture in South West Nigeria to Secondary School students on “Impact of Social Media on Youth Education” in July and request your permission to use your data. Can I? Source will be duly acknowledged.

  25. Mike Lee says:

    Interesting statistics and thanks for presenting them in such a visually easy way. The graphs really make
    it simple to understand the impact of each social media platform.

    I do have to say that I was surprised to see the power of YouTube. I know it is big, but I always figured it would come next to Twitter or at least somewhere close by. Really tells us a lot about the world we live in doesn’t it.

  26. Kristie says:

    Thanks! Really enjoyed reading it!

  27. Jake says:

    Great list and i thought Google+ have more than 111,000,000 monthly visitors

  28. Leanreads says:

    Very interesting , most of Chinese use we-chat and seldom people use whatsapp

  29. You have missed out some important websites like:
    http://www.buddyzer.com
    http://www.xing.com

  30. thanks for sharing great social media list with us

  31. Laila Rahimi says:

    Thanks for share social networking list.

  32. paparao says:

    Hey Really thanks for sharing useful information…

  33. really good list, thanks for sharing

  34. I’ve been looking for the numbers behind each platform – thanks for sharing!

  35. Kate says:

    Thanks for visualising the stats in a really easy to follow format!

  36. James says:

    I’d love to use some of the figures in this list to support a blog post I’m writing for my company – if we cite Dreamgrow as the source and share the URL, would this be okay?

  37. Chris C says:

    What about Snapchat and Smule (Sing!)?

  38. Nice list and i have created account in almost sites. Thank you very much.

  39. oluwa baker says:

    Thanks for sharing

  40. David says:

    Great list for me. Thank you.

  41. Thanks for this states and letting us know the channels 🙂

  42. Nauman says:

    nice information about social media apps my favourite is Instagram but where is the WhatsApp

  43. Shiva Jay says:

    Thanks for sharing the most popular and important Social Networking Websites list.

  44. The best one is Instagram, for me and my business (vacation rentals in Croatia and tourism in Croatia generally). After that possibly it could be Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

    I just don’t see why and how to use other networks. It isn’t easy to multitask and especially when you realize almost no one cares (even if you have 1.000+ followers). And, after all, almost everyone are on these few popular networks, so there’s no need to be on all networks.

    Other networks should be only for person-to-person, not every network should be for marketing.

  45. Cat Turner says:

    Great list! I’ve not heard of YY before, and I thought Snapchat would be much higher!

  46. I think this is a great list with details statistics. Thanks for sharing.

  47. babu says:

    Only 15 but top 15 and awesome for work awesome for my site and finally thanks to Priit Kallas .

  48. kingprezz says:

    thanks for this dope list we appreciate it

  49. Debarati says:

    Thank you for sharing this list. This will help several content marketers to recognize the best platform for sharing their articles. Also, it gives an insight into what the viewers exactly demand. Each social site is of a different kind. Thus the rate of success of a site gives an information about how to design audience catering strategies.

  50. B. Maynze says:

    There’s a few social media sites on this list i didn’t even know existed! Such as VK And Classmates.

    Do you know if any of these are good for Internet Marketing purposes? I assume the Classmates is a place you go to find long lost classmates. But I just don’t think it would be the best for advertising purposes.

  51. Camila says:

    Hey! This research are global or only of USA?

  52. Thanks for interesting information!
    It’s real useful.

  53. Yahya says:

    @ Chris, please can you avail me more information on sweetalk? I have checked online but I could not lay my hands on any information about the new platform. I really need such platform for my upcoming business.

  54. buddyzer says:

    Great list & your stats are very useful.

  55. Thanks for sharing this great post.

  56. Very helpful list.
    Leading social media sites

  57. Many thanks Pritt, an excellent guide to social networking, and thank you very much for the Apps.
    Greetings from Alicante, Spain.
    David Cánovas

  58. Graham says:

    Great post, I appreciate you for sharing these insights with us!

  59. Hello Priit, I’m appreciated with your post, here you share very informative and useful social networking sites list. Great article, Thanks for sharing.

  60. buddyzer says:

    These are the great sites. But you have missed some sites like,
    pinterest.com
    buddyzer.com

  61. Thanks for sharing, I agree with most of the list. The power of Facebook remains a real thing. Although we read a lot about the growth in Snapchat, it’s mostly in the under 34 audience with little buying power. Monthly active users and daily active users of Facebook continue to grow.

  62. Kiran says:

    Great List. YouTube is my best choice.

  63. Prashant says:

    Thanks for the list, appriciate the efforts you have put on it.

  64. Megha says:

    I would like to add one social networking website as Kodetalk

  65. Thanks for sharing this list. I appreciate your efforts.

  66. Wow, I love the graphs and images, they really show how incredibly powerful some of the top Social Media Sites are! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  67. chain says:

    Great list! used to believe that Tumblr is much popular than Ask.fm before.

  68. deepika says:

    Great List helpful for all thanks for sharing !!!

  69. Chris says:

    There are lots of social apps now, and sweetalk is a new discovery. For a long time, I have searched and tried different apps and most of the time, left disappointed and frustrated, until one day by accident, the sweetalk comes into my world. And here I would like to share with you all my feelings and experiences about this mobile app. It is probably the best free transnational social tool with the function of instant translation, supporting online translation in 30 different languages and can make me learn the foreign language easily during the chat. My English is ok, so I would like to choose to send messages to the people whom I am interested in instead of my mother tongue for the purpose of improving my English better while talking. And there are a lot of lads and gals there from all walks of life around the globe(later the screenshot will be pasted). You don’t need to pay money for the VPN service, which is really fantastic for those who are eager to make friends from abroad and learn foreign language as well without the extra trouble. Of course, you can talk with the friends from your own country and if you cannot speak English well or those you want to send messages to fail to speak English, then here comes another feature of sweetalk, that is the instant translation of sweetalk. And it is foolproof to use. All right, all of these are written during the work, a little busy now and I would end this introduction of sweetalk with some screenshots, if you like it, maybe you can give it try.

  70. AppSquadz says:

    Thanks for share social networking list and chart.

  71. Amelia says:

    Thank you for posting these leading social networking sites

  72. zozothemes says:

    Thanks for such a great list..

  73. H.Chuku Lee says:

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

  74. Ingrid Lantigua says:

    Thank you

  75. Ingrid Lantigua says:

    Thank you

  76. mano rocks says:

    Thank you for posting these leading social media sites

  77. Catwoman says:

    really good information for our project

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

  79. 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.

  80. Joseph says:

    I have one social media site suggestion : http://www.bragshare.com

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

  82. Ceechrison says:

    Thanks for such a great list.

  83. Jonathan says:

    Thank you for great list and updates with statistics

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