Build Your Social Presence: 8 Social Networking Apps You Should Be Using
There's no doubt about it at this point: social media is a major part of human life.
21:53 10 December 2019
Used by approximately 2.82 billion people in 2019, its usage is expected to surpass 3 billion by 2021.
Are you yet to join social media? Looking to jump on a few platforms? Then you're in the right place.
Below, we're going to discuss the best networking apps the world has to offer, helping you take your social media game to the next level. Let's go!
If there's one social media app you should be using in 2019, it's Facebook. Facebook is by far the most popular social networking site in the world. It's used by approximately 170 million Americans monthly.
Allowing you to post statuses, share videos and pictures, buy and sell used items, and much, much more, it covers essentially every base there is. At the present time, there isn't another social media site that comes close.
Facebook is versatile, popular, and easy to use, connecting people from all over the world. It can be downloaded for free on both iPhone and Android.
When it comes to the sharing of pictures and videos, Instagram is on a level all its own. Owned by Facebook, it is the second most popular social media app in existence.
While the primary purpose of Instagram is to share pictures and videos, the site also allows users to communicate by text. Not only does it allow you to comment publically on other users' posts, but it also allows you to send private direct messages to users of your choice.
A key tool of modern socialization and marketing, Instagram is a must-download. Like Facebook, it's available for free on iPhone and Android and Windows. While you can use Instagram on Mac, you will need a few extra tools to assist you.
- Facebook Messenger
If you're going to use Facebook, you should also have Facebook Messenger at the ready. Messenger works in tandem with Facebook, opening up every time you go to send a personal message to a friend.
Messenger can also be used as a standalone app. Not only does it allow you to send messages to single individuals, but it also allows you to create group conversations. As such, it's great for organizing parties and get-togethers.
Another one of the obvious choices is Twitter. More celebrity-centric than Facebook, it allows you to stay connected to essentially anyone of your choosing (there are no friend requests, just "follows"). All you have to do is follow an account and you're golden.
There are plenty of things to do on Twitter. You can comment on threads, message users directly, post news links, post pictures, post videos, and much more.
It's simple to sign up for and -- most importantly -- it's free. Whether you have an iPhone or Android, you will be able to download the Twitter app on your phone.
If you don't like using Facebook Messenger, you might consider downloading Whatsapp instead. Whatsapp offers many of the same capabilities as Facebook Messenger. However, it has a simpler design overall.
Utilizing less bandwidth than Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp allows you to seamlessly carry on group conversations containing over 50 people. It's particularly useful when corresponding with individuals in other countries. Available at no charge, it can be used on both Android and iPhone.
If you're in the professional world, you absolutely need to be on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the premier professional networking app, connecting professionals from all over the world. Not only does it allow you to forge connections with fellow employees but with potential business partners and bosses as well.
LinkedIn also contains a job section, allowing you to find openings in your area and elsewhere. You can apply for these jobs through LinkedIn, and can even attempt to contact the hiring manager.
When you sign up for LinkedIn, you will post all of your qualifications and work experience on your home page. Having your information available in this manner could attract hiring managers and other individuals who are interested in utilizing your services.
The standard version of LinkedIn is free to use. However, if you want to take advantage of its full capabilities, you will have to pay a monthly fee. It's available for both iPhone and Android.
Up next is Pinterest, a networking app that focuses on tips, tricks, and ideas. A great resource for the DIYers among us, it allows users to share and view pictures, videos, and their corresponding websites.
Like Twitter and Instagram, Pinterest allows users to follow other users. Users divide their content into sections called "boards". For instance, one board might be called "dream vacations" while another might be called "kitchen hacks".
The only way to truly understand Pinterest is to use it. If you're like many individuals out there, you'll be absolutely hooked.
Want to have deep conversations with like-minded individuals? If so, you have to join Reddit. Composed of a number of "subreddits", Reddit caters to enthusiasts of all kinds.
Want to discuss golf? Reddit has a subreddit for that.
Interested in personal finance? Again, Reddit has a subreddit for that.
Just looking for a place to rant? Reddit has a subreddit for that as well.
Reddit even has subreddits for strange topics, a few examples being r/TreesSuckingOnThings, r/unstirredpaint, and r/peoplewithbirdheads.
And the best thing about Reddit? It's all anonymous. You can say whatever you want with no real-world implications.
It doesn't matter who you are, you will enjoy this app. Available for iPhone and Android, it's an absolute must-download.
Networking Apps Aren't Going Anywhere
If you've held out for this long, there's no use in doing so any longer. Networking apps are here to stay. It's best to jump on the bandwagon now before you get left behind.
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