The Social Networks

Facebook

  • Number of users: Aproximately 1.65 Billion
  • Founder/Maker: Mark Zuckerberg
  • About: Facebook is a social networking website that makes it easy for you to connect and share information such as messages, videos, and pictures with your family, friends, colleagues, and (if you wish), to the public online.
  • Date Released: February 4, 2004
  • Users age group: 8 – 60 (Anyone capable of using the internet)
  • Did you know? The average Facebook user in America spends about 40 minutes a day on the website site.

Twitter

  • Number of users: Approximately 310 Million
  • Founder/Maker: Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, & Noah Glass
  • About: an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Any images or videos “tweeted” are embedded in a URL Shortening process. Twitter will shorten any links into “http://t.co.” Registered users can read and post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them.
  • Date Released: July 2006
  • Users age group: 12 +
  • Did you know? 32% of North American Internet users are using Twitter.

Instagram

  • Number of users: Approximately 300 million
  • Founder/Maker: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger 
  • About: an online mobile application photo and video, sharing service that enables its users to share them instantly from their mobile device. Users can share them either publicly or privately. Also, the mobile application allows its user to edit their pictures using various artistic contrasting, such as, Polaroid images and etc.,  similar to that of professional photographers.
  • Date Released: October 2010
  • Users age group: 12 – 36
  • Did you know? Instagram is number one when it comes “Selfies.”

LinkedIn

  • Number of users: Approximately 433 Million
  • Founder/Maker: Reid Hoffman
  • About:  Mainly used for professional networking, such as, job seekers and recruiters alike. LinkedIn allows its job seekers to post their resumes and personal portfolios online, as well as, being able to connect with current and previous colleagues.
  • Date Released:  May 5, 2003
  • Users age group: 18 – 60
  • Did you know? There are LinkedIn users in 200 countries and territories.

Google +

  • Number of users: Approximately 111 Million
  • Founder/Maker: Larry Page & Google Developers
  • About: Owned by the search engine giant, Google, and a branch from Alphabet; Google+ (plus) is a direct competition of Facebook. What makes Google+ unique is the ease of use with other Google products and platforms, such as Youtube, and Android devices. Google has three unique sharing capabilities allowing its users different privacy controls using different group of “Circles”, a way of categorizing your friends, families, business, and public interests of your online profile.
  • Date Released: June 28, 2011
  • Users age group: 18 – 60
  • Did you know? 70% of popular Brands now have presence in Google+

Tumblr.

  • Number of users: Approximately over 30 Million
  • Founder/Maker: David Karp
  • About: Allows its users to effortlessly share practically anything – Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme’s HTML.
  • Date Released: February 2007
  • Users age group: 18 – 40
  • Did you know? Roughly 35% of all Tumblr visitors earn more than $50,000 annually.

Pinterest

  • Number of users: Approximately 100 Million
  • Founder/Maker: Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp
  • About: allows its users to visually share images or videos, and discover new interests by posting information into an online “pin board”. This method is called, “pinning.” Pinning can allow users to post on another user’s board, or their own. The “Pins” posted on the boards are normally categorize within a common theme.
  • Date Released: March 2010
  • Users age group: 18 +
  • Did you know? 79% of Pinterest users are female.

Flickr

  • Number of users: Approximately 100 million
  • Founder/Maker: Ludicorp
  • About: an image and video hosting website. Flickr is popular for sharing embedded personal photographs. Its online community consists of photo researchers and bloggers.
  • Date Released: February 2004
  • Users age group: 18+
  • Did you know? Flickr users are found 63 countries.

Reddit

  • Number of users: Approximately 243 million
  • Founder/Maker:  Steve HuffmanAlexis Ohanian & Aaron Swartz
  • About: an entertainment, social news networking service, and news website. Reddit’s registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Registered users can then vote submissions up or down to organize the posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. The submissions with the most positive votes appear on the main page or the top of a category. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called “subreddits”. The subreddit topics include news, gaming, movies, music, books, fitness, food, and photosharing, among many others.
  • Date Released: June 23, 2005
  • Users age group: 12+
  • Did you know? As of 2016, Reddit has 542 million monthly visitors from all over the world.

Youtube

  • Number of users: Approximately 800 million
  • Founder/Maker: Steve ChenChad Hurley & Jawed Karim
  • About: YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.
  • Date Released: May 2005
  • Users age group: All ages
  • Did you know? Half of Youtube viewers are on mobile devices.

Flipboard

  • Number of users: Approximately 80 million
  • Founder/Maker: Flipboard Inc & Mike McCue
  • About: a social-network aggregation, magazine-format mobile app localized in more than 20 languages. The software collects content from social media and other websites, presents it in magazine format, and allows users to “flip” through their social-networking feeds and feeds from websites that have partnered with the company.
  • Date Released: January 2010
  • Users age group: 18+
  • Did you know? There are over 400 million ‘flips’ (finger swipes through content along the iPad’s touchscreen) a month.
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