Global Top 10 Social Networking Sites and Services in 2016

Ankit Singh Dev
3 months ago / Updated - August 25, 2016
Global Top 10 Social Networking Sites and Services in 2016

The number of active users on social networking sites is growing rapidly over the years and even top social networks like Facebook cross the milestone of billion active users. Total number of internet users in the world were more than 3 billion peoples, where more than 75% users use social media websites and services daily. Social media plays an important role in our life and it helps people connect each other around the world. From a common person to celebrities, leaders, brands, artist, government, business and even all kinds of industries and famous personalities keep connected with social media sites to always connect with our fans around the world.

People love to connect others using different social media sites and share ideas, information, pictures and videos to the world. Some different kind of sites also knows a social networking site such as Forums, Q & A Communities, Bookmarking sites, Microblogging, and more. Even, some social networks are only made for specific country, not globally, but my list below will help you find most popular social networking websites and services in the world.

10. Tumblr

Monthly active users: 50 Million, Alexa rank: 40, Founded: 2007, Founder: David Karp


Tumblr is a microblogging platform and even a social networking website. It allows users to create a blog on Tumblr and publish whatever they want, such as stories, photos, GIFs, TV shows, jokes, links, music, videos, fashion, art, and more. There are more than 309 million blogs hosted on Tumblr with 138 billion posts in 16 different languages around the world. An average post published in Tumblr daily was about 45 million. Once you create a blog, your domain address was looks like, but users can use a custom domain of their blog. Blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, and Medium are also known as alternatives of Tumblr.

9. Reddit

Monthly unique users: 234 Million, Alexa rank: 27, Founded: 2005, Founder(s): Alexis Ohanian, Steve Huffman


Reddit is a social news networking site lets registered member submit links and text posts and votes help post go the front page. Contents are organized in different categories called subreddits and users need to choose a subreddit in order to submit a post. Reddit has more than 542 million visitors per month and 9th largest website in the United States. The total number of subreddits created since launched are more than 853K and top subreddits like /r/AskReddit, /r/funny, /r/todayilearned, r/pics, /r/videos, /r/gaming have more than 12 million subscribers. Up votes, Down votes and Comments are the things that helps content submission goes trend on the site. The service is very useful to find awesome web contents.

8. Pinterest

Monthly active users: 110 Million, Alexa rank: 38, Founded: 2010, Founder(s): Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp, Ben Silbermann


Pinterest is a catalog of ideas rather than a social network and it lets you discover, search and save great contents. Users can share images, videos and links as a pin to the pinboard and personalize their experience. Users on Pinterest love to share beautiful and personal life photos such as food, drink, DIY, crafts, apparel, home decor, and travel. In order to save ideas from the web, the service also provide browser button lets users can pin web contents using the Pin it button. Users can follow boards, peoples and business pages to get updates and like, save, send and comments on a public or private post. The service was available in 30+ languages and more than 80% users on Pinterest are female.

7. VK

Monthly active users: 90 Million, Alexa rank: 16, Founded: 2006, Founder(s): Pavel Durov, Vyacheslav Mirilashvili, Lev Binzumovich Leviev, Nikolai Durov


VK or VKontakte is a popular Russian social networking site and service, and it was available in more than 80 languages around the world. With more than 270 million registered users (77% mobile users), VK is the popular social media platform allows users to add friends, send messages, share photos, watch films, listen music, join communities, play games and more. The news feed looks very similar as Facebook and users can like(favorite), comment and share posts from the home feed. According to Alexa, the site ranked under the top 3 in Russia, Tunisia,  Ukrain, and Kazakhstan. The service was delivering more than 5 Billion messages and 1 Billion likes daily.

6. Google+

Monthly active users: 111 Million, Alexa rank: 1, Founded: 2011, Founder: Google


Google+ or Google Plus is a social network of amazing contents, where home feed based on your interests. Google+ is a basic social network like Facebook and there are all common features available such as a profile picture, covert photo, about section, communities, business pages and more. As a member or as a page, you can share photos, videos, GIFs, links, event, poll and text. Join or create communities and follow peoples, celebrities, and famous personalities in your circle to get updates in your home feed. The service was owned and maintained by Google Inc. And your Google+ profile is an identity of other Google products such as YouTube, Google Play, Gmail, Google Maps, Android and more.

5. LinkedIn

Monthly active users: 106 Million, Alexa rank: 14, Founded: 2002, Founder(s): Reid Hoffman, Konstantin Guericke, Jean-Luc Vaillant, Allen Blue, Eric Ly


LinkedIn is the world’s biggest professional social network and a directory of 433 million professionals. People here create a professional profile and connect with industries, companies, peoples, and even find jobs and get updates from publishers and companies that matter for their professional life. The LinkedIn profile is kind of resume and it helps your professional career grow up. As a member on LinkedIn, you can build your professional network, search jobs, create your company page, connect with colleagues and classmates, get industry insights, find professionals in your industry and more. The site was available in 200 countries and territories and supported 24 languages around the world. Premium accounts will get access to advanced services and tools such as LinkedIn Business, Talent, Job Seeker, and Sales Navigator.

4. Twitter

Monthly active users: 313 Million, Alexa rank: 9, Founded: 2006, Founder(s): Evan Williams, Noah Glass, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone


Twitter is a good way to discover what’s happening in your world and users love to follow brands, celebrities and famous personalities on Twitter. As a member, you can post information, ideas, photos, videos and links as a Tweet and your followers and the public respond to your post using the favorite, retweet and reply options. Users use #hashtags to group posts together by topic and use ‘@’ sign to mention someone or reply in a post. Users can see the trending topics section and find what is happening in the world. Follow and UnFollow accounts, celebrities, brands, verified accounts and connect with them on Twitter. The service has more than 1 billion unique visits per month and 82% active users are coming from mobile.

3. Instagram

Monthly active users: 500 Million, Alexa rank: 15, Founded: 2010, Founder: Kevin Systrom


Instagram is a Facebook’s company and a video and photo sharing social network allows you to capture photos and videos and share them as a public or private post. Instagram was launched as a free mobile app and previously it’s required the app in your phone in order to register on site, but after a few years the service is available on the web and anyone can register, login and use Instagram through the website. Instagram is a place of beautiful photos and videos, where users upload images and apply coloring filters from the app. There is no way to share links, create groups, or chat with users on Instagram, but you can like and comment over the post. The service has grown rapidly over the years and now more than 95 million posts shared on Instagram daily .

2. YouTube

Monthly active users: 1 Billion, Alexa rank: 2, Founded: 2005, Founder(s): Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, Jawed Karim


YouTube has more than one billion active users and people love to spend more time on YouTube than Facebook. YouTube is a video-sharing website, but the platform contains user-generated content and people can like, comment and share the contents like a social network. Anyone can join YouTube using a Google account and start posting videos on their channel. As soon as your videos getting viewers and people start reacting to your content. after that the platform will pay creators though Google Adsense. YouTube is available worldwide in more than 88 countries and supported 76 different languages. Most popular YouTubers also known as YouTube stars who generate million dollars every year through the platform.

1. Facebook

Monthly active users: 1.71 Billion, Alexa rank: 3, Founded: 2004, Founder: Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is the most popular social networking website or service in the world where people connect each other by sending a friend request and follow famous personalities through their page. As a member of Facebook, you can see news feed, find friends, create a profile, send messages to friends, like/comment/share on posts, join groups, share status/photos/videos and even more including business solutions. Daily more than 1.09 billion people use Facebook, where more than 50% users access the service using mobile. Facebook supports more than 90 languages globally and available for web and mobile users. Facebook Messenger is the second most popular messaging app after WhatsApp.

Summary, Sources and Attribution

The Listing was based on the highest number of active users.

Statistical data sources: Facebook Newsroom, Twitter About, YouTube Statistics, Instagram Press PageLinkedIn Newsroom, Google+ Wikipedia, VK company info, Pinterest Press, Reddit Advertise, and Tumblr About.

Featured image contributed by Pixabay and modified by the editor.

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