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The Top 15 Social Networks Worldwide [STATS]

Having blasted through an impressive one billion active users last October, it will likely come as no surprise to anyone reading this blog that Facebook is the biggest social network on the planet, and will likely remain that way for some time.

That is, after all, why they called that movie *The* Social Network. But which social media platform occupies the number two spot? And where does Twitter fit in all of this?

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From GetGlue And Path To Twitter And Facebook – The Top 20 Social Networks [INFOGRAPHIC]

While the roots of social media can be traced back to email, USENET and the launch of the World Wide Web in the 1970s and 1980s, the phenomenon that we know and enjoy today found life with Friendster and Myspace (in 2002 and 2003 respectively), and then really took off when Facebook launched in 2004.

Since then, and over the past ten years, these platforms, alongside Twitter, Foursquare, Pinerest and Instagram have revolutionised how billions of people use these tools in their personal and professional lives, and the continuous emergence of new social networks continues to refine and advance our understanding of this space.

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Social Media Stereotypes, Statistics, Facts And Figures 2012 [INFOGRAPHIC]

How would the top social networks rate if they were listed in a high school yearbook?

Thanks to its position as the numero uno in the social world, Facebook would be the quarterback. But it’s not all good news. In 2011, “liking” drugs on Facebook was up 1,131 percent. And while its monthly active users has jumped to over one billion in 2012, 52 percent of students reported being cyberbullied on the social network.

Twitter? Chatty Cathy. It simply won’t shut up – 163 billion tweets have been sent since it first opened its doors, but an estimated 71 percent of these have been ignored. Even more humiliating, new kid on the block Pinterest already drives more traffic to websites than Twitter.

Google+? The spoilt rich kid. Google made $37.9 billion in 2011. But almost none of that came from Google+. Last time we checked, non-mobile visitors were spending an average of just three minutes per month on the fledgling social network, and 30 percent of users who make a public post never, ever make a second one.

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