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. 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

top most popular social networking sites graph

Last updated: November 13, 2016

Social network

Monthly Visitors

Facebook 1,790,000,000
YouTube 1,000,000,000
Instagram 500,000,000
Twitter 313,000,000
Reddit 234,000,000
Vine(shut down soon) 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

Visual size comparison

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:

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!

Here are top 10 social networks apps worldwide as of November 13, 2016:

top most popular social networking apps graph

Social Networking App

Monthly Visitors

WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) 1,000,000,000
Messenger (owned by Facebook) 1,000,000,000
QQ Chat 899,000,000
WeChat 806,000,000
QZone 652,000,000
Instagram (owned by Facebook) 500,000,000
Viber 249,000,000
LINE 218,000,000
Snapchat 200,000,000
YY 122,000,000

For smaller networks check List of virtual communities with more than 100 million active users from Wikipedia.

Photo credits: Pixabay, Visual Hunt

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.

22 Responses

  1. Mohit Patil says:

    Thanks for sharing this list. I appreciate your efforts.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. chain says:

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

  4. deepika says:

    Great List helpful for all thanks for sharing !!!

  5. 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.

  6. AppSquadz says:

    Thanks for share social networking list and chart.

  7. Amelia says:

    Thank you for posting these leading social networking sites

  8. zozothemes says:

    Thanks for such a great list..

  9. H.Chuku Lee says:

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

  10. Ingrid Lantigua says:

    Thank you

  11. Ingrid Lantigua says:

    Thank you

  12. mano rocks says:

    Thank you for posting these leading social media sites

  13. Catwoman says:

    really good information for our project

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

  15. 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.

  16. Joseph says:

    I have one social media site suggestion :

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

  18. Ceechrison says:

    Thanks for such a great list.

  19. Jonathan says:

    Thank you for great list and updates with statistics

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