Social Media

In the past eight years, social networking websites have become increasingly popular among Internet users, especially young teens, as a place where they can meet other people, communicate, and exchange information.  According to a 2007 survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 55 percent of American teenagers (ages 12 to 17) who are online use social networking sites.

This is a list of some popular active social networking websites:

  • DEVELOPERS: Jonathan Abrams, Cris Emmanuel (Computer Programmers)
  • FOUNDED: March 22, 2002 (Mountain View, CA)
  • USERS: more than 115Million
  • TYPE OF SITE: Social Network Service

Friendster was founded to create a safer, more effective environment for meeting new people by browsing user profiles and connecting to friends, friends of friends and so on, allowing members to expand their network of friends more rapidly than in real life, face-to-face scenarios.

  • DEVELOPER: Mark Zuckerberg (CS Student)
  • FOUNDED: February 4, 2004 (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  • USERS: 500Million
  • TYPE OF SITE: Social Network Service

Facebook Users can add people as friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.

Additionally, users can join networks organized by workplace, school, or college.

  • DEVELOPER: Peter Pezaris
  • FOUNDED: December 2003
  • USERS: 11Million
  • TYPE OF SITE: photo & media sharing

Multiply is a social networking service with an emphasis on allowing users to share media – such as photos, videos and blog entries – with their “real-world” network.

Multiply is also known for stronger user security than most social networking sites. Users can limit if their item can be viewed by setting security settings to Public, Private (network only), or Private (invite only) for each item on their site.

  • DEVELOPER: Tom Anderson
  • FOUNDED: 2003 (in BeverlyHills, CA)
  • USERS: 66Million
  • TYPE OF SITE: Social Networking Service

MySpace became the most popular social networking site in the United States in June 2006.  MySpace was overtaken internationally by its main competitor, Facebook, in April 2008, based on monthly unique visitors.

YouTube is a video sharing website on which users can upload, share, and view videos. Unregistered users can watch the videos, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos. Videos that are considered to contain potentially offensive content are available only to registered users 18 and older.

  • DEVELOPER: Jack Dorsey
  • FOUNDED: July 15, 2006 (San Francisco, CA)
  • SLOGAN: What’s Happening
  • USERS: 190Million
  • TYPE OF SITE: Microblogging

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service, owned and operated by Twitter Inc., that enables its users to send and read other user’s messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile  page. Tweets are publicly visible by default, however senders can restrict message delivery to their friends list. Users may subscribe to other author tweets—this is known as following and subscribers are known as followers.

  • DEVELOPER: David Karp
  • FOUNDED: 2007 (New York)
  • USERS: 3Million
  • TYPE OF SITE: Micro-blogging

Tumblr is a blogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users can follow other users, or choose to make their tumblelog private. The service emphasizes ease of use.

  • DEVELOPER: The A-team
  • FOUNDED: May 12, 2008
  • SLOGAN: Your Life, on the line
  • TYPE OF SITE: Micro-blogging

Plurk is a free social  networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (otherwise known as plurks) through short messages or links, which can be up to 140 text characters in length.

Plurk is very popular in Taiwan, Philippines & US.

  • DEVELOPERS: Matt Mullenweg
  • FOUNDED: May 27, 2003
  • TYPE OF SITE: Weblog Software

WordPress is an open source CMS, often used as a blog publishing application powered byPHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plugin architecture and a templating system. Used by over 300 of the 10,000 biggest websites, WordPress is the most popular blog software in use today.


Facebook is now the most visited social network, with nearly 1.2 billion visits in January 2009. That is an increase of 36% over December, and 256% over the previous twelve months. MySpace slipped into second place at the end of 2008 and since September of that year has been seeing visits levelling at about 810 thousand a month.


“Social media should improve your  life,  not become your life!” Patrick Driessen


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