It’s hard to believe, there are hundreds of social media websites on the planet, how many do we use, maybe 2 or 3 at the most.
In the UK most will use Facebook, followed by Youtube, Twitter and Instagram, but what about the rest?
I’m not going list some obscure Chinese site, some being huge by the way but social media sites you’ve undoubtedly heard of but may not have used just yet.
Over the last few months Pinterest is a site I’ve started to use on daily basis, not just to post pics but for research and random shizz like quotes, recipes, fitness ideas or maybe something you may not find on the other socials.
As Pinterest likes to put it, it’s a visual discovery, collection, and storage tool.
It had around 200 million users (Sept 2017) and launched in 2010.
Favourite quote from Evan Sharp, one of the co-founders of Pinterest, "So we think of Pinterest some days as this crazy human indexing machine."
Worth delving into even if you use it every now again to post pics yourself, I guarantee if you’re looking for a new recipe, you’ll find it on Pinterest.
Two words come to mind when I think of Reddit, “it’s a hidden monster”.
Example being, I posted an article on a website I was managing a little while back, hoping for a bit of traction and maybe a few views, unfortunately, that didn’t happen. What happened was the post went viral, and the website hit around 20k views in less than an hour - as I said it’s a monster but only if you get it right. If I could, I would be a regular Reddit’ter without a doubt.
It’s less visual than most more of an old-school forum look but still a lot of fun to browse.
Reddit was launched in 2005 and has a following of around 1.3 billion.
My first social media site I used after Myspace for blogs and images, a microblogging site for users posting maybe links to other websites or short form blogs. Be warned it does contain adult content, Tumblr's longstanding policy regarding NSFW content has not changed and emphasises the importance of free expression, indeed something refreshing in the current climate of what seems like less ‘freedom of expression’ on nearly all other socials.
Tumblr's UK following is around 9 million and launched back in 2007.
Would you call WhatsApp a social media site? I think so, it’s FREE to use, and that’s always a bonus when it comes to using it on your mobile phone.
If you haven’t done so already, why not add the desktop version, sneaky messages and comments to your buddies while at work it's a double bonus.
With the option to use both mobile and desktop, I count it as a social media site, even though some may disagree.
What makes it stand out from other message apps? Possibly because it has around 450 million active monthly users. The downside for some and maybe you didn’t know; it’s owned by Facebook.
No, it’s not social media I hear you say, it is and will become even more significant in the coming years, everyone listens to music, right?
It’s not just about the music, it has podcasts, and video streaming the same as other socials.
What I like about it is with the decline in music sales, artists have a platform to play and showcase their music, and the user has this ever-growing archive of their favourite bands which should always be there. As of 2017, Spotify is not yet a profitable company which is very surprising.
One thing I will say, don’t spend your entire life sat looking at your phone or staring endlessly at your screen. While social media is not all bad, getting out in the fresh air and spending time with your friends and family is a way better option in my opinion.
Thanks for reading.