What are the most popular social networks

There are dozens of services in operation. Some of them are beloved in several countries or even around the world, while others unite citizens of one country and are not widespread outside of it. An overview of what social networks there are and a list of popular global services is offered below.


The unquestionable first place is provided by more than 2.2 billion accounts in the world. Facebook has been operating since 2004, created by Mark Zuckerberg. A simple and free communication service that allows:
Register your own page, where you post photos and other content.
Find other users, add them as friends, find out their news.
Share information from the network or from other participants, post videos and photos.
Create groups (open or closed).
Receive news.
Comment and rate posts.
Facebook Inc. (the owner of the service) is constantly expanding its capabilities. Hyperlocal advertising (within a certain radius from the advertiser), Snapchat (disappearing stories), GIF-animation for commenting, saving interesting materials, messenger and other features steadily keep the interest of users.


You Tube video hosting from Google is the most popular video network in the world. It is also considered a social network, because it allows users to register, communicate, share their videos. Here you can find information for all tastes from entertainment to training courses. It was founded in February 2005 in the United States. As of early 2018, it has over 1.5 billion active users, and the result of several million views of popular videos is quite achievable. Key features:
Post your videos for viewing.
Different formats are supported: Panorama, HD, Full HD, MPEG-4 AVC and others.
Edit videos from your browser with editor programs (add titles, audio tracks, images, transitions).
Comment and rate other people's videos and comments.
Create group chats.
Host a video channel.
The company is trying to control the content of the resource, periodically removing videos that violate copyright or are considered extremist. In some countries, the resource is blocked, for the publication of materials undesirable to the authorities.


Application for different operating systems for publishing photos and small videos (up to 60 seconds), viewing the materials of other participants, with the possibility of rating and commenting. Since its launch (2010), Instagram has delighted more than 1.1 billion registered members. In 2012, it was bought out by Facebook Inc. Popular features:
Photo processing - effects, frames, special shooting modes, collages.
Create your own profile and feed of posts.
View, rate, and comment on your friends' posts.
Cross-posting - simultaneous publication of content in several social networks.
Search for relevant information by hashtags (special marks).
Instagram - is especially popular among young people under the age of 25 and is actively developing.
This network is one of the most promising for business, promotion of goods, brand promotion and services.


A Chinese social network with features: blogging, watching videos, listening to music, chatting, and shopping. The main options are free, additional options are available with a premium subscription. Since its foundation (2005), it has attracted 600 million participants. Available in English and Chinese.


A network for professionals. More than 500 million users from 200 countries communicate on its pages. The main emphasis is not on entertainment, humor, news and other content usual for other services, but on resumes, portfolios, a list of skills (with confirmation from real people) and job openings. Asking advice from colleagues, discussing professional issues, looking for jobs or employees, getting recommendations - these are the tasks of LinkedIn. The project was launched in 2003, in 2016 it was bought out by Microsoft.


Launched in the U.S. in 2006. Features: blogging with short messages (maximum 280 characters). An interesting option is "Moments" (stories with development). You can find out about high-profile, popular news without subscribing to other users. Your microblogging on Twitter are carried out by people known in various spheres from show business to sports. The total number of accounts exceeds 330 million. And that's just the top 10 social networks in the world in terms of popularity and number of users. There are many more. See the full list below.