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The Hottest Social Network These Days? Not Facebook — But It’s Owned By Them

Facebook remains the undisputed king of social networks. If you’re sharing your stories or looking for sources, your time is well spent there.

But if you want to keep up and catch up with your audience, you can’t be only there, especially as the web moves to an ever more-visually driven medium. (And no, “But I’m on Twitter, too” isn’t enough these days.)

A study out this month finds that the clear winner in growth is another Facebook-acquired property is gaining on its photo-sharing corporate cousin: Instagram. According to research firm GlobalWebIndex, whose quarterly social summary (for Q4 2013) released this month pegs Instagram as the fastest growing — by a long shot — social network.

According to their survey, Instagram grew a whopping 23% in active usage in the fourth quarter of 2013. That same period saw a 3% decrease in Facebook’s usage, as well as in YouTube. To be fair, Facebook is still the most trafficked network, and with far more users already signed on it has less room to grow, but other budding social networks are gaining on it. Read more

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Should We Give Google+ Another Chance?

Maybe the shine has worn off Google+ or perhaps not enough people I know use it — seems hard to believe with a reported 40 million users — but for whatever reason, I’m not logging on anymore. I’m not the only one. The company’s earnest attempts to change that are heartening, however, and got me to thinking: Perhaps we should all give Google+ another try? 

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Is OnlyMeWorld The Anti-Facebook?

A new social network has entered the (increasingly crowded) market and claims to offer its users the one thing Facebook cannot/will not: Absolute privacy.

OnlyMeWorld.com has many of the same features as Facebook and Google+, such as video chatting, the ability to share photos and the goal of connecting people, but with one huge difference. Not only does the site, which launched its beta version in April and officially went live last week, not require users to submit their real names or email addresses, it strongly encourages them not to.

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