Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites and Apps 
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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.
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Here is the most up to date list of monthly active users for the top social networking sites. If you want the numbers just scroll down. First, you’ll find top social networking sites followed by top 10 apps.
Maybe you know the top 3 or even the top 5 social networking sites, but do you know what’s happening behind them? We maintain the list of top 15 most popular social networking worldwide. 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.
Take a look at the visual size comparison below.
- Facebook has updated its monthly active user numbers to 2.23 billion in June.
- Youtube measures logged-in users, and is getting closer and closer to Facebook with 1.9 billion.
- Twitter reported 336 million active monthly users in its last quarterly report. Twitter also managed to post its first-ever quarterly profit.
- VK reached 97 million monthly active users
- Reddit adds users and displays 300 million users on their website.
Top Social Networking Sites in 2021
Facebook jumped by 100 million monthly active users from 2.13 billion in December 2017 to 2.23 billion as of June 30, 2018. The rate of growth seems to continue at 15 million active users per month. So, by the end of the year we should see 2.35 billion Facebook monthly active users. We’re strong believer these social media trends will keep up and growth will be at a similar pace for the next few years.
Today Facebook has over 2,500,000,000 monthly active users. That’s 2,5 billion people on one platform.
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.
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 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:
Youtube has added 300 million people to its logged-in audience in less than a year. I believe this trend to continue and Youtube might reach 2 billion people within next 10 months.
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]
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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 these 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.
- WhatsApp added another 200 million monthly active users reaching 1.5 billion. Facebook Messenger promptly added another 100 million users and now they are behind WhatsApp with 1.3 billion monthly active users. Both of these mobile platforms are owned by Facebook.
- WeChat took the 3rd position as it passed QQ and Instagram with more than 189 million monthly active users as QQ continues to slide.
Social Networking App
Monthly Active Users
|WhatsApp (owned by Facebook)||1,500,000,000|
|Messenger (owned by Facebook)||1,300,000,000|
|Instagram (owned by Facebook)||800,000,000|
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 1.37 billion monthly active users. As smartphones’ adoption continues, the share of the desktop use of social media platforms will fall .
For a list of social media apps that are smaller check list of virtual communities with more than 1 million active users from Wikipedia.
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