The most popular social networking sites sure have changed over the years, and you can expect they'll continue to change as we move forward.
Before Facebook and Twitter dominated the web, we were a lot more familiar with sites like MySpace and LiveJournal. Although a good number of people still use older social networks like MySpace and LiveJournal, the web is really seeing a huge surge in social media innovation – especially with the recent shift toward mobile-based social media consumption.
Here is a short roundup of a few of the trendiest social networks people are using both on the web and on mobile right now.
Not surprisingly, Facebook is the top social network on the web. It's a thriving beast of a social networking site on the web with its massive userbase, but theories suggest that it's struggling to maintain the interest of younger users and may be losing them to newer apps and social networks. Despite these troubles, Facebook still remains number one... at least for now.
Like Facebook, Twitter has also changed for the better over the years of its existence and continues to expand in popularity. Centered around microblogging and a 140-character text limit, Twitter has become a popular social network of choice for mobile web users who own smartphones and tablet computers.
Good old YouTube. Nothing quite compares to YouTube when it comes to video sharing. Although owned by Google, YouTube is still recognized as a separate social network all its own, and one that revolves entirely around video production, vlogging, movie-making and music sharing.
Tumblr is another form of microblogging, but unlike Twitter, it is heavily influenced by image sharing. You can follow other users and be followed back. “Reblogging” and “liking” is a popular way to interact. If you post great content, you might be surprised to see how many followers you can attract.
Pinterest is a young one in the world of social networking, but it’s growing up super fast. As the fastest standalone site ever to reach 10 million monthly unique visits, its beautiful and intuitive pinboard-style platform is definitely turning heads online.
As it made its debut in the early summer of 2011, Google+ was the fastest growing social network the web has ever seen. It seems as if Google has finally created something that people are actually excited to use – unlike previously failed attempts at jumping on the social media bandwagon with projects like Google Wave and Google Buzz.
Known as the social network where professionals can connect, LinkedIn is right behind Facebook and Twitter. Individuals can promote themselves and their businesses, make connections with other professionals, interact in group discussions, post job ads or apply for jobs.
Reddit has a very strong and closely knit community. If you do nothing but promote your own stuff on Reddit, you probably won’t be making anyone very happy over there. Submitted links to content get voted up or down by users. Links that receive the most upvotes will get pushed to the first page where the potential for viewership is huge.
Location-based social networking is hot right now, and Foursquare is where it’s all at. The idea here is to download the mobile app for iPhone or Android and check-in to venues that you visit. It’s a fun way to compete with you friends for points and badges, while also gaining the opportunity to save with some places that incorporate Foursquare deals into their business.