The most popular social media sites for 2022

If you like spending time on socail media, check out a list of the most popular social media for the year 2022.

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Tired of the social media app you're subscribed to and want to join a fresher one with a lot of traffic?

There are many platforms on the internet, each of which specializes in a specific audience, but which all try to attract people in their own way. Check out a list of the most popular of these for 2022 so you can decide which one to pick.

THE KNOWN

Facebook

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Let's start with the most obvious choice, although it has been discredited by today's 16-year-olds as the platform of their fathers. For all its faults (and there are many), Facebook is still by far the most popular social network in the world.

With over 2,9 billion users, it's the place to go if you want to easily connect with the most people. Facebook Marketplace has also become one of the most popular ways to buy and sell items locally.

Instagram

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If you're more interested in viewing images and short video clips than writing texts, the Instagram app might be the best social network for you. After all, it gathers a lot of young people precisely for this reason. So that they don't write but talk with pictures.

Perhaps unfairly, the network has gained a reputation for being superficial and full of selfies. If you look past the trash, you can find amazing photos, incredible artwork, and more.

Instagram also has Reels, which are original videos produced by Instagram users in a video stream.

Twitter

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Twitter is another network that has recently changed hands and received significant negative publicity. The 280 character limit (formerly 140 characters) doesn't exactly promote an extensive conversation, and the presence of millions of fake bots only further erodes the experience.

However, it specializes in news content, as almost all politicians, businessmen and journalists in the world have an account and write there.

If you want breaking news, instant reactions and access to your favorite sports stars, celebrities and journalists, Twitter is an unbeatable resource.

TikTok

TikTok
Compared to older apps like Twitter and Facebook, TikTok is a new social media app that has been embraced by today's 16-year-olds.

It was created to fill the space left behind by Vine after its shutdown, but has long since replaced it.

It's based on short form video messages that you shoot from your mobile phone. TikTok is one of the most downloaded apps on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

LinkedIn

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LinkedIn provides social networking for professionals. As the site has grown, it has become one of the best ways to build your resume, find a new job, and network in your professional circles.

LinkedIn also has professional development courses , which can help you improve your career.

Snapchat

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Another hangout for 18 to 24 year olds. On Snapchat you're unlikely to find your father has an account. The site revolves around sharing self-destructing images and videos, though there's also a messaging tool and plenty of gaming features.

The app pioneered self-destructing posts and basically encourages silly/fun selfies with a huge catalog of augmented reality filters.

Pinterest

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Pinterest is another of the best social media apps. It's best described as an image site (although it also supports video). You can add images to your public or private boards, follow other users and boards, and comment on pins.

The site is great if you're looking for inspiration for a DIY project or need something to spark a creative idea in your head.

Flickr

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Flickr is primarily a photo hosting site. There are free and paid options. The free option gives you 1TB of space, but in early 2019, the company also added the 1.000 images criterion.

Users can comment, share and like the photos they appreciate. Flickr also announced that only 50 photos will be able to be marked as non-public, so almost any photo you upload will be viewable by anyone.

YouTube

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YouTube is a one-way street when it comes to videos. And at the same time it is the second most popular video search engine in the world, behind only its parent company, Google.

The platform is primarily a video sharing site and the most popular forms of content are… videos.

A whopping 81% of US adults say they use YouTube regularly, with a heavy concentration of people between the ages of 15 and 34. But with its competitor Vimeo now pay-to-upload, Youtube now caters to all ages.

You could use YouTube to target a specific audience with ads or create a channel and share videos about your company, its products and processes.

Telegram

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Does it seem strange that a messaging app between two people became social media? And yet. Although this kind of use is not very widespread in Greece, abroad they use it to create public channels that (theoretically) support user privacy, message encryption and delivery speed.

It has 400 million monthly active users worldwide, a feat fueled by WhatsApp's privacy failure in 2020. It is often used for propaganda and announcements in the Ukraine-Russia war.

In addition to providing one-on-one customer support, brands can use Telegram in a number of ways. For example, Telegram chatbots are great for automating promotional messages and moderating groups. The platform also allows up to 200.000 members in said groups, more than other messaging platforms offer.

THE WICKED

Tumblr

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Tumblr is what happens when the worlds of social networking and blogging collide. You can post text, photos, videos, and other media content to your blog page that other users can follow.

The network also supports HTML editing. If you're skilled enough, you can fully customize the look and layout of your page. You can even use a custom domain name.

Tumblr is now (supposedly) safe for minors. Before the final ban in December 2018, estimates show that up to 22% of the site's traffic was of a pornographic nature.

tinder

Are you looking for love? Then Tinder is an app worth exploring. The online dating app is full of single users who want to meet and spend a few hours together. And who knows what could happen next?

BlindChat

Blindchat was created 9 years ago, specifically in 2013, and became famous from the story of the 12-year-old girl and her shameful abuse. The service is Greek and aims to provide blind date services to those who wish to meet other people without fully revealing their identity.

It is an online platform for anonymous chat with men and women from all over Greece.

The app in question ensures anonymity between users while giving the freedom to chatters to exchange information without knowing who is on the other end. Of course, as it turned out, it does not ensure the complete concealment of their identity from the authorities and fortunately, because this is how a ring of pederasty was destroyed.

According to the website itself, it is also possible to make a video call, if the interlocutors want it.

FOR QUESTIONS

Reddit

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Reddit as social media is a discussion forum, which is part of a corresponding content submission site. Users can upvote and downvote posts to influence what's popular and what's not.

The site is divided into subreddits. They cover almost every topic you can think of. If you have a niche hobby, Reddit is a great place to find like-minded people.

If you want to share your programming work Reddit is there for you and even offers the possibility of comments from readers.

Ask.fm

The next entry on our list of social media apps is Ask.fm. It is a question and answer site where users submit questions. Anyone can ask something and/or offer their thoughts.

The site was anonymous, but the suicides of two British teenagers after alleged cyberbullying forced the platform into a much-needed rethink. Today, Ask.fm is one of the sites that parents should add to their block list.

Quora

Like Reddit, Quora is an interaction-based social networking app. Users can ask questions, get answers on various topics, upvote or downvote, and leave comments. With over 300 million monthly users and hundreds of niche groups called Spaces, you're sure to find the solution you're looking for on Quora.

Remember that question posts on Quora often rank high in Google search results, so even people who don't use Quora may find your content through a Google search.

THE UNKNOWN

VKontakte

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VKontakte is the Russian Facebook since it is based on its previous version. It is the most popular site in the country and you will also find Greek texts as Greeks live in Russia.

The network shares many of the same features as its American counterpart, including groups, pages, private messaging, event management, image tagging, and in-app games. Logging in will make you think you're on Facebook in the year 2000.

Sina Weibo

Sina Weibo is China's answer to Twitter. With more than 580 million users, it is one of the most popular social networks in the world.

The Chinese government heavily censors the site, but if you want to know what's going on in Asia, it's worth subscribing.

Meetup

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Meetup bridges the gap between an online social network and a real social network. You can use online tools to find groups and events that match your interests, then show up at the next group meeting.

If you live in a big city, the meetings available may be completely different, such as sports teams or language learning groups. In more rural areas, options may be more limited.

InterNations

If you are an expat, you must have an account with InterNations. The site allows you to find other people in your city who match your language, interests or work field.

Like Meetup, there are many physical events you can attend. Alternatively, you can simply use the site to ask questions and get information about the country you live in.

Foursquare City

Foursquare City Guide is a location-based social media application. You can use it to find points of interest, restaurants, events, and other nearby locations when you're out and about.

Of course, being location-based means the app faces a lot of privacy questions, which means it might not be right for you.

MySpace

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Yes, Myspace is still alive. Today, it is a music-themed social network. From many opinions, it has filled the void left by Spotify after the Swedish company removed the app's best social features.
Myspace allows you to listen to music and chat about it with other users. There is also a stream of news and opinion pieces about the wider industry.

Even more social networks to explore

There are thousands of social media apps in the world. So many, in fact, that this list has barely scratched the surface. With a little searching, you'll find a social media app that meets your needs.

Even purely messaging applications between acquaintances can work as social networking in the broadest sense. For example, we mention that there are Viber, Whatsup, Skype, Messeger, Microsoft Teams, or even Medium, Triller, Line, QQ, WeChat, Kuaishou, Qzone, Hike, Mastodon and the list is endless.

Before you take to social media, just remember to stay alert for scams, trolls and other spam. On online platforms, usually everyone creates a second self, as they imagine it and not as they really are.

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