The 15 Most Popular Social Media Sites in the World

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Social media has been taking over the world for several years, and everyone from celebrities to businesses to organizations to regular joe’s have been tapping into the most popular platforms. Here are the 15 most used networks in the world:


Begun in 2004, Facebook is the most popular social media platform in the world, with 1.5 billion users in hundreds of countries.


WhatsApp is a cross-platform instant messaging service for smartphones. With 900 million users, it’s the most popular messaging application.


Created by Chinese company Tencent Holdings, QQ International is an instant messaging software service with 860 million users who enjoy games, music, shopping, and more.

Facebook Messenger

Even though Facebook Messenger started as part of Facebook, it became its own application in August, 2011 and now has 700 million users.


QZone is another social networking site created by Tencent Holdings. Its 653 million users can enjoy writing blogs, listening to music, send photos, and more.


Created for Android, WeChat is a mobile text and voice messaging service with 650 million users and growing.


Instagram is a photo sharing service that was created in 2010. It quickly gained popularity and six years later, has 400 million users.


Since 2006, Twitter has been one of the most popular social networks among businesses, celebrities, news organizations, and more. It currently has 316 million users.

Baidu Tieba

With 300 million users, Baidu Tieba is the largest Chinese communication platform in the world. It’s an online community where users can post photos and videos.


An online video chat, voice call, and messaging platform, Skype has 300 million users who use the platform for both business and personal issues.


Viper is a mobile messaging and voice-over IP company that allows its 249 million users to send text messages, videos, photos, and more.


Founded in 2007 and owned by Yahoo! since 2013, Tumblr is a microblogging social platform where 230 million users can post various multimedia.

Sina Weibo

Sina Weibo is a Chinese microblogging site that has been considered a hybrid between Facebook and Twitter. It currently has 212 million users and is growing.


Created in 2011, LINE is a communication app that allows its 211 million users to make free voice calls and send text messages to a number of users.


A major Chinese video-based social network, YY lets users engage in real-time online group activities through text, voice, and video. It currently has 105 million users.

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