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Top 10 Most Popular Social Networking Web Sites


YouTube, LLC is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries.

Founders: Jawed Karim, Steve Chen, Chad Hurley

CEO: Susan Wojcicki (Feb 5, 2014–)

Approximately 1.8 billion users

2. Twitter

Twitter is an American online news and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets". Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but on November 7, 2017, this limit was doubled for all languages except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Founded: March 21, 2006, San Francisco, California, United States

CEO: Jack Dorsey

Approximately 320 million active users

3. Telegram

Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service developed by Telegram Messenger LLP, a privately held company registered in London, United Kingdom, founded by the Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai.

Type Instant messaging

License GNU GPLv2 or GPLv3 (clients), proprietary (server)

Approximately 100 million active users

4. Whatsapp

WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware and cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook. The application allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media, documents, and user location.

Written in: Erlang

Owner: Facebook

Approximately 1 billion active users

5. Google Plus

Google+, pronounced and sometimes written as Google Plus, is an Internet-based social network that is owned and operated by Google. The service, Google's fourth foray into social networking, experienced strong growth in its initial years, although usage statistics have varied, depending on how the service is defined.

Date launched: June 28, 2011

Created by: Vic Gundotra, Bradley Horowitz

Approximately 111 million active users

6. Tumblr

Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Karp in 2007 and owned by Verizon Media. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users' blogs. Bloggers can also make their blogs private.

Founded by: David Karp

Alexa rank: 36 (2017)

Approximately 555 million active users

7. Pinterest

Pinterest, Inc. is a social media web and mobile application company that operates a software system designed to discover information on the World Wide Web, mainly using images and, on a smaller scale, GIFs and videos. The site was founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp.

Owner: Cold Brew Labs, Inc.

Founders: Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp, Paul Sciarra

Approximately 100 million active users

8. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a business and employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Founded on December 28, 2002, and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs.

Parent organization: Microsoft Corporation

Founders: Konstantin Guericke, Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Jean-Luc Vaillant, Eric Ly

Approximately 100 million active users

9. Facebook 

DescriptionFacebook, Inc. is an American online social media and social networking service company based in Menlo Park, California. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.

Founders: Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes Trending

Approximately 1.59 billion active users

10. Instagram

Instagram is a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 exclusively on iOS.

Owner: Facebook, Inc.

Developed by: Facebook, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger

Approximately 320 million active users

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