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Introduction To Four Popular Social Networking(Social Media) Sites and Why You Should(Or Shouldn't) Use Them

Updated on March 3, 2017

Pretty much all of us have heard of the infamous Facebook. The site leads by leaps and bounds in terms of internet traffic as well as hours spent on the site itself. Basically, Facebook consists of features for both personal and commercial usage. By far, it is the personal aspect of the site that is used the most. Users are identified by an account of what is called a "profile" that, for the most part, represents their actual real-world identity, and are able to "link" other persons' accounts to their own account which gives them easier communication to the now linked account. This is called "adding a friend". Facebook allows instant messaging between friend and so-called "inbox messaging" between persons who are not friends. Pictures, videos, text(called a status) and external links to other sites can be uploaded by a user and will be seen by all the "friends" of the user.

Facebook also consists of a commercial aspect in which business owners can create a face for the business, that would consist of the standard store and contact information and products that they offer as well as a way of interacting socially with potential consumers(called a page). The business may also upload pictures and videos relevant to their products. Pages may also be used by group or organizations to gain exposure.

The personal aspect of Facebook is used much more than its commercial page advertisement feature, and is what Facebook is known best for. If you want a highly social media experience, this is the site to go to.

Twitter is quite similar to Facebook in that it uses the same "friends" principle, by which persons can be "linked" for closer association between the linked accounts, and allows instant messaging and uploaded of text or media. However, while Twitter is quite similar to Facebook, it possesses a different interface. Twitter tends to be used more for the fast dissemination of information, that is, to quickly share information through text or media. It is used mostly and used best by organizations, business or socially high-standing and prolific persons who wish to quickly share any events, thoughts, ideas, updates on occurrences or simply general information. Persons like the Pope used it to share a religious philosophy and the Apple Store to share news of new items or deals. If you want to share quick updates, you're at the right stop.

Pinterest is a unique one. On Pinterest users(identified by profiles) share their creations, mostly by way of photos that can be commented upon and shares. Truthfully the photos could be of anything, but by and large users on Pinterest use the site to share their crafts. This is again because of the way the site interface was designed. The users upload pictures of things they create, be it food or robots, and share these with other persons. Two users do not have to be friends to see each other's pictures, they simply would automatically be shown each other uploads if they were friends. There is no instant messaging component to Pinterest. Interesting uploads can be tagged or "pinned" to a user's own page their shows all of their uploads. Text and links can be shared on Pinterest as well, but this is likewise usually a series of steps on how to DIY, that is, do it(the creation) yourself. If you like to craft items and are looking for a means of sharing your work, this is the site for you.

To be quite frank, Tumblr is taken for somewhat of a joke as a joke among social media users. It's not that the site isn't good, it's just, well we'll get to that in a moment. Tumblr allows users to upload text or media, similar to the sites above. There is no instant messaging component to it, similar to Pinterest. Again you create a profile and can link your profile to others. While yes, Tumblr does function well, Tumblr is described by one word: quotes. Quotes as in "You're never a failure unless you try" quotes. The vast majority of information share on Tumblr is in quotes. Additionally, the quotes aren't just strings of text, but strings of text overlaid onto a picture. Depending on your view, the story can get better or worse. Of the type of quotes share the majority are those emotional ones, mainly the love and romance types. If you like reading quotes and sharing quotes, this one is great for you.

Best Uses of Each Site

Best Used For
Personal Interactions
Dissemination of Information
Sharing/Viewing Crafts
Sharing/Viewing Quotes


These are the four niche social networking sites offered on the internet. The four most unique and most suited to satisfying a particular desire in a user. Each serves a particular purpose and depending on what you may want, you choose the site according. Know your needs and then you shall know your site.


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