Social media sites were made because of socialization and bonding needs of families, friends, relatives and other individuals. The Internet through social networks has helped people connect with each other and establish a venue to share events and experiences in their lives no matter how far from each other they can be.

Social media have really given brilliant opportunities to the people in making themselves available and reachable to others, may it be near or far.

Top 10 Social Media Sites

The most popular social media sites have changed over the years, and you can expect them to continue to change as times goes on. Old social media trends usually die, and get replaced by new one. Here is a list of top social networks people are using both on the web and on the mobile platform at present.

Top Social Networking Websites

Facebook: Facebook is the top social networking site on the web with billions of active users from all around the world. Facebook allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. Originally, it was designed for college students and was created in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg while he was enrolled at Harvard University.

Twitter: Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets.” Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users can access Twitter through the website interface, SMS, or mobile device app. Twitter sometimes also referred to as a micro blogging platform.

As of May 2015; Twitter has more than 500 million users, out of which more than 302 million are active users. As a social network, Twitter revolves around the principle of followers. When you choose to follow another Twitter user, that user’s tweets appear in reverse chronological order on your main Twitter page.

It’s a great place for keeping people informed on what you are up to without the need to spend a lot of time crafting an entire post on the subject.

Google+: Google+  also pronounce as Google plus made its debut in 2011 after failing a couple of times with Google Buzz and Google Wave. However, roughly two years later, Google+ has established itself as one of the top social media sites in the world with million of active users. Google finally succeeded at creating something that people are actually excited about using.

You can get closer to family and friends and share life’s important moments with them whether it be notes of a photograph. You can even make a video call with up to 10 friends at once.  You can also learn from experts, see what interesting people have to say, and take part in communities focused on your interests and activities.

Tumblr: Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform and social networking website founded by David Karp and owned by Yahoo! Inc. Tumblr is both a social network and a blogging platform and lets users to effortlessly share anything such as a post’s text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever that interest you.

It is available in 15 languages and host more than 244 million blogs. Tumblr has a younger user demographic in comparison with other social networks. To register for a Tumblr account, you must be over thirteen years of age.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service founded in December 2002 and reports more than 364 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories. LinkedIn it is mainly used for professional networking; the goal of the site is to allow registered members to establish and connect networks of people they know and trust professionally.

With basic membership, you can only establish connections with someone with whom you worked with, knows professionally (online or offline) or has gone to school with. The site is available in 24 languages with 27 percent of LinkedIn subscribers are mainly recruiters.

Instagram: Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enable its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.

Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 as a free mobile app. The service rapidly gained popularity and was acquired by Facebook in April 2012 for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock. Compared with other social networks, Instagram is relatively simple—it’s focused exclusively on sharing photos with your friends and family.

VK: VK (VKontakte)is the largest Russian social network in Europe. It is available in several languages, but is especially popular among Russian-speaking users, particularly in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Like other social networks, VK allows users to message each other publicly or privately, to create groups, public pages and events, share and tag images, audio and video, and to play browser-based games.

With more than a 100 million active user, it’s almost like Facebook in most ways.  The design looks is very similar to Facebook, and the way that profiles work and the rules around what you can see and what you can do is nearly exactly the same.

Vine: Vine is a short-form video sharing service where users can share as long as six second looping video clips. The service was founded in June 2012, and later was acquired by Twitter in October 2012. User’s videos are published through Vine’s social network and can be shared on other services such as Facebook and Twitter.

Vine’s app can also be used to browse through videos posted by other users, along with groups of videos by theme, and trending, or popular, videos. The vine has attracted different types of uses, including short-form comedy and music performances and stop-motion animation. The service has also been used for journalism.

Pinterest: Pinterest is a popular social network which allows its users to upload, save, sort, and manage images—known as pins—and other media content (e.g., videos and images) through collections known as pinboards. They can follow other users’ boards if they have similar tastes.

The evolution of Pinterest is based on the shared interest of its users and relies on its members to produce the content. While other social networks like Facebook and Twitter focus on personal sharing and status updates, Pinterest is all about collecting and sharing the things you find on the Web. The website has proven especially popular among women and was founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp.

Flickr: Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, created by Ludicorp in 2004 and later was acquired by Yahoo in 2005. In addition to being one of the most popular sites for users to share and embed personal photographs, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images so that they embed in blogs, social media and forums.