Do you use social networks frequently? In this content we will list the largest social networks in the world and of all time!
I guarantee you will be surprised by the information we are about to give you.
What we will see in this article
What is a social network?
Despite being in our lives every day, many people still choke on defining social media.
Obviously, we can’t continue our content without clearing this up first, can we?
In short, social networks are smartphone applications or computer sites that connect people.
These people can be your family members, friends, interests, companies, products, anything that connects people.
Generally, social networks have user-produced content in videos and photos.
They also have their own messenger for people to chat and share this content.
Also, most social networks are free to use, but have advertising and the offering of products based on your interests.
These three components make up social networks, the big difference between one social network and another is the greater focus on one component.
10 largest social networks in the world
Now that you know how to define social networks we can now list the world’s largest ones based on two parameters.
Number of active users on the platform and the social impact on our lives.
First, let’s start with the great Facebook that was launched on February 4, 2004.
However, back then you could only create an account if you were at a university.
As the business became more mature, Facebook expanded and became a fever starting in 2009.
Facebook’s focus has always been on interaction between users, both through messengers and groups.
According to the report by We Are Social and Meltwater, Facebook has more than 2.96 billion active users on the platform.
The social network was created by Mark Zuckerberg, Brazilian Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
YouTube is indeed a social network, focused on the consumption of content and the creation of content of the most varied kinds.
You can find lessons, funny videos, artists’ songs, vlogs, documentaries, interviews and more.
The launch of the platform was on February 14, 2005, but the platform really gained momentum after 2006, when Google bought Youtube.
According to a report by We Are Social and Meltwater, YouTube has more than 2.51 billion active users on the platform.
The platform was created by Jawed Karim, Steve Chen and Chad Hurley.
WhatsApp is a messaging application, that is, it is a social network focused on user interaction via messenger.
It has become the main tool for conversations among friends, family members, and even for teams in companies.
Both for the ease and the security and its many functionalities.
According to the report by We Are Social and Meltwater, WhatsApp has more than 2 billion active users on the platform.
The platform was created by Jan Koum and Brian Acton in 2009, but gained momentum starting in 2014 with its purchase by Facebook.
Instagram was like facebook, focused on the interaction of users by their personal photos posted on the app and its messenger.
However, this has slowly changed and the platform has also become focused on the posted content.
Instagram works like a big photo album where you can post pictures and videos that stay there forever.
In this way, users can interact with their social circle, but also search for content of their interests.
Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger on October 6, 2010 and purchased by Facebook in 2012.
According to a report by We Are Social and Meltwater, Instagram has more than 2 billion active users on the platform.
Tik Tok has become the most popular social network among younger people, it had another name as soon as it was founded.
In 2014, Tik Tok was called musical.ly, but when it was bought by the Chinese company ByteDance in 2017, plans changed.
Thus, in August 2018 the musical.ly. became Tik Tok already with all the features and the amazing algorithm we know.
The focus of the social network is on content and its creation, just like Youtube, although there is interaction between users.
According to the report by We Are Social and Meltwater, Tik Tok has more than 1.05 billion active users on the platform.
Showing that despite its success, the platform still has a long way to go before it becomes the most popular.
Unlike the other social networks, Tik Tok does not have a founder, but was founded by the company musical.ly and is now owned by ByteDance.
Linkedin is a social network focused on professionals, so everything created on the platform is work-related.
The founders of the social network are Reid Hoffman, Konstantin Guericke, Jean-Luc Vaillant, Eric Ly, and Allen Blue.
According to a report by We Are Social and Meltwater, Linkedin has more than 900 million active users on the platform.
Twitter is a social network that focuses on text-based content produced by users.
Some people today consider Twitter the medium for getting news and updates from the world in real time.
Twitter content is usually news, opinions, debates, and other superficially informative.
According to a report by We Are Social and Meltwater, twitter has over 556 million active users on the platform.
The founders of the platform are Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and Noah Glass.
Pinterest is a social network for people to share and collect images.
In other words, it is a content-focused platform where you can get recipes, book summaries, and more just by images.
It all started in March 2010 with Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp and Paul Sciarra, and little by little the platform began to gain more and more users.
Pinterest works as a “chest of inspirations” where you can find various references for various areas of your life.
According to a report by We Are Social and Meltwater, Pinterest has more than 445 million active users on the platform.
It is true that Snapchat is not as popular in Brazil as it was in the past, isn’t it?
However, the platform still remains very popular in the rest of the world, especially in the United States.
Snapchat was revolutionary for creating the content that deleted itself within 24 hours, the famous snaps.
The focus of the platform is on user interaction through sharing of their photos and videos and through messenger.
The platform started in 2011 under another name, called Picaboo, but in September 2011 it was rebranded with Snapchat.
Its founders are Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown, with Evan Spiegel as CEO of the social network.
According to the report by We Are Social and Meltwater, Snapchat has more than 635 million active users on the platform.
Reddit is one of the oldest social networks, launched in 2005 that remains quite relevant.
The social network is focused on content created by users themselves and through their communities.
Whatever topic you are searching for, there is probably a community on Reddit with people just like you.
The founders of the platform are Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, who created the application while still an undergraduate.
According to DataReportal’s report, reddit has more than 50 million active users every day on the platform.
Social networks founded by Brazilians
In this content we will show you social networks founded by Brazilians and the objectives of each one that we are sure you will be surprised.
99jobs is a social network similar to Linkedin where professionals can search for job openings according to their personality, professional background and goals.
Thus, becoming a very interesting social network for connecting companies and professionals in a more human way.
Stilingue was founded in 2010, Stilingue is an artificial intelligence social network that helps businesses monitor and analyze conversations and sentiment on social media.
Colab.re was a social network created in 2012 that aims to connect citizens, governments and businesses to solve urban problems.
Administradores.com.br is a site founded in 2008, a social network for business and administration professionals, offering articles, news, and discussion forums on topics related to business management.
Skoob is a social network for readers where you as a user can highlight the book you are reading, follow authors and friends, set goals of pages and books per year, and much more.
The platform was created in January 2009 by Lindenberg Moreira and according to wikipedia, the social network has more than 8.2 million users.
Filmow is a social network for movie lovers that allows users to highlight movies they have seen or plan to see, be recommended to new movies, and meet other movie buffs.
The focus of the platform is on the interaction of the users, so they can express their opinions and discuss the movies.
Filmow was launched in April 2009 by Thaís de Lima and Rogério Bonfim and according to wikipedia, the social network has 250,000 users.