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Top 5 Social Networking Sites Around the World

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According to Nielsen Company, the top five social networking sites around the world as of June 2010 are listed below. Please note that Nielsen do not class Flickr and Twitter as social networks, hence their non-inclusion in the top 5.

United States

  1. Facebook
  2. MySpace
  3. Linkedin
  4. Classmates online
  5. Ning

United Kingdom

  1. Facebook
  2. MySpace
  3. Linkedin
  4. Bebo
  5. Friends Reunited


  1. Facebook
  2. MySpace
  3. Linkedin
  4. Ning
  5. Friends Reunited


  1. Facebook
  2. VZnet Netzwerke
  3. Stayfriends
  4. Wer-kennt-wen
  5. Xing


  1. Facebook
  2. Tuenti
  3. MySpace
  4. Badoo
  5. Fotolog


  1. Orkut
  2. Facebook
  3. iG Comunidades
  4. UOL Comunidades
  5. Ning


  1. Facebook
  2. MySpace
  3. Badoo
  4. Netlog
  5. Linkedin

Talking Point

Are you surprised that Facebook is not the number one social networking site in Brazil?

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  2. Domain name registration

    July 26, 2010 at 10:11 am

    So, the three tops social networking site in the world are:
    1. Facebook
    2. MySpace
    3. Linkedin
    But why is Nielsen Company, did nit classify Twitter as one of the social networking site?

    • Admin

      July 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

      I think that’s because Twitter is generally regarded as a micro-blogging site and does not allow the other functions used in the classification such as allowing posting and updating pictures, videos, Web chat etc.

      • Domain name registration

        July 26, 2010 at 10:27 am

        Thanks for your reply admin, yes Twitter is more of micro-blogging than social networking sites. But people like me used to classify as social networking site, I think, I will stop it from now.

        • Admin

          July 26, 2010 at 10:38 am

          Well, personally I would say that Twitter is a social networking site. But it all depends on your definition. For example, mine is based on what Twitter does literally in terms of allowing you to form social relationships and interact with people on the Web.

          • Domain name registration

            July 26, 2010 at 10:53 am

            Yes, that is the way I view it as well. But generally regarded as a micro-blogging site and I think that is one of the reason Facebook pool more users than Twitter.

          • Lyndrick

            September 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm

            The problem is that Twitter really is more of a bulletin board to get information to the masses. It allows an icon to talk to followers without limit, but limits the followers contact to connecting directly with the original poster, but not the followers of said poster unless they are following the replier as well.

  3. George Tetreault

    July 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I’m sort of surprised that linkedin is as high as it is in multiple areas. How myspace has stayed up there though is a mystery to me

  4. DWI Lawyers

    July 29, 2010 at 6:39 am

    It seems like my 2 favorite social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace, took the top spots. Twitter is also one of my favorites and I would agree that it is a social networking site and it is also a microblogging site. Twitter allows us to meet and greet many people from different sides of the world like Facebook and MySpace do. Perhaps, Nielsen has a broader classification why Twitter is not included as social networking site.

  5. Alicia

    December 14, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Great information!!!!

  6. rina

    January 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    what nielsen report did you get this from?

    Name, publication date etc?

    Thanks for a great post!

  7. Dea

    February 17, 2011 at 1:20 am

    So, more or less- Facebook is the leading site in the world. It’s not surprising, and it’s also good to know that it’s able to connect so many people. Though, with all the power- do you think it will be good or bad?

  8. Vanessa

    March 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    It looks like facebook is the top social networking site for almost all the countries. Have you heard about YoHolla, it is believed to combine all the best features of twitter, facebook, and youtube all in one. All of the YoHolla Reviews cause me to predict that YoHolla will soon be the next top social networking site.

  9. Thomas Raven

    April 19, 2011 at 10:36 am

    “So, more or less- Facebook is the leading site in the world. It’s not surprising, and it’s also good to know that it’s able to connect so many people”

    i agree on your thought
    Facebook will soon lead the world LOL..

    Thomas Raven
    Colorado Springs, CO

  10. Kelly:)

    May 8, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Facebook!! They can’t be touched!…Unless you wanna create your own:)

  11. khan

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Most Stunning Facebook Profile

  12. Marc Rasmussen

    July 19, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Facebook truly is the top networking site. It would have been good if Asian and African countries were also included in the survey. The social media has taken the world by storm and now its not possible to think of communicating without these sites.

  13. Teake van der meer

    August 21, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Where would Google+ stand in this list now?
    Facebook is already losing popularity around 500k users a month.
    I think this whole social networking stuff has reached is peak and people start to use it in a more normal way, instead of the obsessive facebook wall checking behavior that we see now.

  14. Danny

    August 22, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I think that both Facebook and myspace are on a downwards trend.
    People start to see how useless and not social they are.
    Sites like Linkedin and even the classmates online site have a real function, so they will only grow. Fb and myspace will never stop to exist but they will not be so important as they are now.
    We will probably end up integrating it into our lives and only use it in a normal way.
    Right now it is more like people are trying to integrate their normal life into Facebook.

  15. john smith

    August 27, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Without a doubt, Facebook tops the charts but Twitter should basically be right behind it. Lets see how long social media sites stay alive for…….

  16. Wilhelm

    October 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    It’s amazing to see people still using MySpace, I thought It died in 2006 B.C, the owners must be a happy lot.

  17. Luke

    October 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

    As expected, Facebook is on top. thanks for the share.

  18. Alfred

    November 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    You missed 😉



    Twitter – Gibraltar’s own Social Network site – http:// www

  19. Vinyl Banners

    January 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Thanks for sharing such a valuable information.

  20. Easin

    July 15, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Great post .face book is the best social networking site.

  21. Kop

    April 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Hi, Just curious if you might have statistics on France? Which are the major social media actors there?

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