A Brief Introduction To Online Social Networks

Whether for work or play, social networks are a great way to make connections and share interests. If you’re new to the world of Social Media, this overview is the perfect introduction to the ‘big boys’ in the online social networking world.



The largest and most popular of social networks is, of course, Facebook. With a whole host of features to take advantage of, it has dramatically changed the way people communicate online, enabling us connect and share with family and friends.



Launched in 2006, Twitter is a microblogging service that has been described as “the SMS of the Internet”. It is a main player on the social networking scene and is popular with everyone from big brands to celebrities to solopreneurs.



Used mainly for professional networking, LinkedIn is a must for business types. It is one of the oldest social networking sites (founded in 2002), and is growing at a rate of two new members every second.



YouTube is a video-sharing website which also allows its content to be embedded on external sites too. Although Google and YouTube often battle it out as the world’s largest search engine, YouTube is actually a subsidiary of Google.



Relatively new to the game, Google’s very own social networking site Google+ was launched in 2011. But don’t let that put you off – it is the second-largest social networking site in the world.



Think if Pinterest as your virtual pinboard. Although this photo-sharing site is just three years old, it was reportedly the fasted site to break through the 10 million unique visitor mark, and now claims to have over 70 million users worldwide.


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