Social media applications and websites have changed our lives. They are must-have applications. You can make new friends, chat with a friend who is at a distant location, or find out what your friend is up to with a social media app.
Social media portals that were operational before Facebook had basic features. Also, they focussed in one to one and group conversations. For example, in Orkut, messages sent to you by people were private. Orkut didn’t have an option to make the messages public. Today’s social networking services are feature-rich and are like an open book. You can see what things people have shared on their profile and what they’re doing on a social media app. For example, if you submit a new post in a group, the message will appear in your news feed.
Although you’ll find 100s of social media applications on the Play Store and iTunes, you should use the application that are used by hundreds of millions of people. If you do so, the chances of finding your friend or making new friends will increase. Here are the top social networking applications right now on the Google Play Store and iTunes.
Best and most popular social media apps
Facebook is the world’s most popular social media site. It has 2+ billion users. Facebook is used by celebrities, politicians, businesses, and the common man. The social media app allows users to create groups and pages and assign administrative privileges/roles to the users. It enables users to follow pages. If you want to have followers, you should create a page and if you’re looking forward to building a community, create a group. FB doesn’t have restrictions on the number of groups or pages you can create. Facebook allows its users to create and share posts on their wall, pages, or in groups. It also lets users play games.
Twitter is the 2nd most popular social media app. Every month, over 200 million people use Twitter. Unlike the Facebook app that doesn’t have a limit on the number of characters you can add to a post, Twitter restricts the length of the posts to 280 characters. Posts on this social media app are called “tweets”. Twitter doesn’t allow users to create communities/groups. However, it enables users to follow each other. Twitter lets users live posts and comment on posts shared by users. Twitter accounts can be either public or private. If an account is private, only the followers of that account will be able to see the posts/tweets. If an account is public, everyone can see or reply to the tweets.
LinkedIn is a social media app for professionals. The app is predominantly used by people who are hiring or are looking for a job. A LinkedIn profile is similar to a resume. When you create a profile and complete it, LinkedIn will display your profile in search results. This social media application allows companies and small businesses to create a page. When your page fulfills Linked’s publishing criteria and is published, LinkedIn will send traffic to it. LinkedIn is used by top managers, executives, managers, engineers, or 1000s of companies. It lets users find jobs. It also enables you to post new jobs.
Instagram is a social media app that lets its users upload and share images. It was an independent company. In 2012, its founders sold the service to Facebook for a billion dollars. Instagram lets users apply filters after uploading and before sharing the picture. As in other social media apps we’ve covered here, you can follow users on Instagram. Instagram is similar to Twitter. You can’t create groups on it.
TikTok is a social media app owned by Byte Dance Studio. It enables users to create, upload, and share short videos. Before creating a video, you should choose a background sound. When TikTok starts playing the sound, you should start acting accordingly. In case you don’t want to lip-sync on songs, you can record your voice and use it as the video’s background. The application lets users like or leave a comment on the videos. It enables you to follow people who you think are worth following.
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Snapchat is an application that allows its users to share “disappearing” messages. It deletes the pictures automatically after the time set by the user. Snap Inc, the developer of the application has claimed that the messages are deleted from its servers. To make a picture look funny or interesting, you can apply an effect to it in Snapchat. Like Facebook, Snapchat lets its users plan games. It also lets you send messages.
YouTube is one of the most visited websites on the internet. It allows users to share videos with millions of people. Although YouTube is a video hosting site, it has some basic social networking features. You can subscribe to your favorite news channels and comment on videos. You can also like or dislike videos. YouTube is the only social media app that lets users dislike things that they don’t like.
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Pinterest is a great social media app for people that like to share or discover art. It allows users to create a board where they can share posts. The posts in this application are called “Pins”. You can find 1000s of designs on Pinterest.
Some of the features common between the above apps:
Hashtags: The above applications employ a feature called “hashtags”. When you tap on a text beginning with the “#” symbol, the application will show all posts that have the word displayed after the symbol.
Visitors list: Excluding LinkedIn, none of the applications we’ve covered above display the number of people who have visited your profile.