Social Networking Sites at a Glance

Here for your enjoyment is a quick glance at some social networking site facts!

Facebook

Launched: 2004

Founders: Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, USA

Number of users: 1.19 billion (active)

What can you do?: Create a profile, share status updates, photos and videos, create events, post on someone’s Timeline, Like pages, join groups, send messages, hashtag trends

Twitter

Launched: 2006

Founders: Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Evan Williams and Biz Stone

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, USA

Number of users: 500 million (200+ active users)

What can you do?: Create a profile and bio, share status updates (tweets) in 140 characters, follow and be followed by users, follow hashtag trends, retweet, send direct messages

LinkedIn

Launched: 2003

Founders:  Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly and Jean-Luc Vaillant

Headquarters: Mountain View, California, USA

Number of users: 259 million

What can you do?: Create an online CV, connect with fellow professionals to increase your network, search for jobs, follow companies, join groups, send messages, search for news stories, update your status

Google+

Launched: 2011

Founders:  Owned by Google; their founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, USA

Number of users: 540 million (300+ active users)

What can you do?: Create a profile and bio, add users to your circles, create hangouts, join Google+ pages, join communities, +1 something, share photos and videos, create events, hashtag trends, use Google search, message users

(For the pros and cons of Google+, please see: ‘Google Plus or Google Minus’)

Pinterest

Launched: 2010

Founders: Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, USA

Number of users: 70 million

What can you do?:  Create a profile, create ‘boards’, ‘pin’ photos of your hobbies and interests on those boards, follow other users boards and repin their posts

Tumblr

Launched: 2007

Founder: David Karp (Owned by Yahoo!)

Headquarters: New York City, USA

Number of users: 216.3 million monthly visitors

What can you do?:  Create a profile, write blog posts, follow and be followed by other users

WordPress

Launched: 2003

Founders: Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, USA

Number of users: 73 million

What can you do?:  Create a profile, write blog posts, follow and be followed by other users

Flickr

Launched: 2004

Founders: Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake (Owned by Yahoo!)

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California, USA

Number of users: 87 million

What can you do?:  Create a profile, share photos and videos

YouTube

Launched: 2005

Founders: Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim (Owned by Google)

Headquarters: San Bruno, California, USA

Number of users: 1 billion

What can you do?:  Create a profile, share videos, follow other users channels, have others follow your channels

Instagram

Launched: 2010

Founders: Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger (Owned by Facebook)

Headquarters:, Menlo Park, California, USA

Number of users: 150 million

What can you do?: A mobile app that enables you to create a profile bio, share photos, follow and be followed by other users, hashtag trends, send direct messages

Snapchat

Launched: 2011

Founders: Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy

Headquarters:, Menlo Park, California, USA – (Stanford, California)

Number of users: 350 million

What can you do?:  A mobile app that enables you to create a username, send photos and videos whilst adding text and drawings to them; the snaps are sent like text messages and will be accessible for one to ten seconds

Vine

Launched: 2013

Founders: Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll (Owned by Twitter)

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, USA

Number of users: 40 million

What can you do?:  A mobile app that enables you to post short video clips for a maximum of six seconds

So there you have it. That’s a quick overview of the details of all the main social networking sites. Hope you liked all those facts! Please follow my blog for more digital marketing posts or my Twitter account @DigitalStuart

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Can you Notify me if Twitter needs Notifications

For my first real blog post I thought I’d start with a small topic.

So I was just thinking about social media earlier this evening, as you do, and it suddenly occurred to me that Twitter doesn’t have a notifications feature on their website. I mean there might be one… but I haven’t seen it yet! They have a notifications feature on their app, so when someone mentions or follows you, a notification pops up. However, unlike with Facebook and LinkedIn, who both have a small red notification icon, Twitter doesn’t seem to adopt this on their main site.

This feature has always been prevalent on Facebook, as this is where the notion of the notification came from. LinkedIn didn’t have this feature until recently when they introduced the ‘Flag’ notification icon. This is a red icon indicating the number of notifications you have, possibly when someone has looked at your profile. This new feature on LinkedIn has been very handy, and overdue.

Twitter would benefit I feel with introducing such a feature, as whenever you’re on the main site there isn’t really anyway of getting a notification if someone has mentioned, retweeted or followed you. There is that small blue circle on your inbox which indicates a direct message, but who reads them…?!

The typical way to find out about a Twitter notification is that you receive the update on your phone or email first before realising it on the website page. Obviously, you could download a social media dashboard or management tool such as TweetDeck, Hootsuite or Twitterfall, and get these notifications appearing on your screen, or just keep up to date on your mobile and email, but surely something as simple as a small notification feature is an important ingredient Twitter is missing?.

Of course there is an argument to suggest that this feature isn’t really needed on Twitter as they’ve never created it, like the chat service isn’t really applicable…but if you have a notification feature for the app and on some other platforms, it wouldn’t hurt having it to improve the users experience.

Anyway, accessing Twitter’s website is still common for most people, so just a small icon could be of use to us in order to reply to those very important tweets that we write about what we had for dinner, or where we are…

So if I was a TV programme, stay tuned for more digital posts and thoughts which I’ll be delivering to you.

In the meantime if you agree or disagree or just want to discuss something, please feel free to comment on the post. You can also follow me on Twitter @digitalstuart, or follow this blog via the button on the right hand side. Woooo thanks!

Stuart