Well loved by its users Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website, it was founded by David Karp in February 2007 and owned by Yahoo! Inc. Tumblr allows its users to express themselves virtually by giving them the freedom to effortlessly share at all time photos, quotes, links, music, post text, and videos from phones, browsers, desktops, and or emails. The great thing about Tumblr is that is also allows its users to edit and customize everything from colors to theme’s HTML. Unlike Facebook, Tumblr users use usernames or nickname so that identity is not open to anyone.
Snapchat is a fairly new social media outlet and it is a video messaging application created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown when they were students at Stanford University. Snapchatters can take photos, videos, text, and little drawings to their friends. The main appeal to snapchat is that after it is viewed (unless it is replayed) IT CANNOT BE VIEWED AGAIN.
Vine is a social networking app that allows users to upload or share small video loops that are 6 seconds or less. It was created by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov and, Colin Kroll in June 2012. There are about 200 million active users monthly. Vine is comparable to youtube but accommodates our society need for quick entertainment. It’s main competitors are snapchat and Instagram which also offer users to upload and share short videos.
Yik Yak is a social media application that is available for iOS and Android users. It allows people to anonymously create and view “yaks” within a 5 mile radius. Yik Yak is like Twitter but anonymous. Even though it is available to everyone over the age of 17, it is used mostly in colleges. Yik Yak also allows you to see what is going on nearby as well as what’s going on in other college campuses that could be miles away.
Twitter is a social networking site founded in 2006. Users send out 140 character post, called tweets, to be seen by followers all over the world. Accounts default to be accessible to the public, but users can protect their accounts to be private. It is a good medium to spread a platform and hashtags make it easy to monitor the response to said platform, but some people see the limitation of 140 as a weakness. It has 500 million users, 302 million of which are active users.
Instagram is one of the most popular social media networks today, driven by image based sharing and growing daily in users and content. Over 300 million users share, like, and discuss imagery and videos posted daily. Instagram is primarily mobile based, and offers a variety of tools and filters to edit content ranging from inspirational quotes to animals, daily life, and more. Instagram is free to use, offers millions of pages to surf through, and is compatible to share with other social networks, including Facebook and Twitter.
Facebook is one of the world’s top social networks. It was found back on February 2004 by an young man named Mark Zuckerberg along with his three friend Dustin Moskovit, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin. Use Facebook to keep update with my friends and family with their daily activities. When you post a picture you can tag your friends in the picture. Now when you post Facebook knows people faces and will automatic tag them. You also can reach Facebook through all smart phones with their app. Facebook is soon going to be able to let people have live broadcast with public figures.
Comparison of Social Networks
There are a variety of different social networks today, from image/video based sharing sites, to text based networks. Social media networks like Twitter, Tumblr, and Yik Yak all utilize text to communicate with others users and share thoughts, ideas, and daily lives. Other networks are image and video driven, such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Vine. One of the most popular social media sites, Facebook, does it all, including communication and content in written, video, and still image form. With today's expanding and evolving networks, there is a social media website for anyone and everyone to connect, share, and learn.