You ready for the September update on social media usage? In July and August I expanded upon the work of expandedramblings.com (if you can please pardon the pun) to see how many users the top 25 social media sites have between them and September is no different.
I started keeping track of the top 25 social media sites in July so that, in time, a hopefully useful resource will be formed which may yield some insights into future social media trends.My take on it is that I think the current iteration of social media is close to plateauing. Undoubtedly there are new social media sites forming on a near daily basis but the real question is will any of them ever grow to any significant size – will any of the current crop of social media platforms ever grow to be the same size as Facebook for example? I think not, and if so, in time we should see a plateauing of social media usage. In any event, I’ll keep track of the figures, knowledge is no burden and all that.
Have We Hit Peak Social Media – September Update
Anyway, without further ado, here are the top 25 social media sites for September.
|No.#||Name||Users (in millions)||Comments|
|1||1150||Surely you’ve heard of FB?|
|2||YouTube||1000||..ditto for YouTube|
|3||825.4||Chinese social media network|
|4||QZone||611||Chinese social media|
|5||Sina Weibo||503||Chinese social media site|
|7||Google +||343||Expect to see this figure much bigger next month|
|8||Tagged||330||probably should have heard of this one|
|9||238||Social media network for business|
|10||WeChat/WeiXln||235||Originally Chinese, now global|
|11||Line||230||Japanese study social network|
|12||Tumblr||216||They see me tumblin’, they hatin’|
|13||Gree||190||Japanese social media, sushi pic heaven|
|14||Renren||178||Chinese real name social network|
|15||Badoo||172||Russian owned, dating social network|
|16||150||No meal is complete without it|
|17||Youku Toudou||130||Chinese YouTube|
|18||VK.com||100||Russian social network site|
|19||Netlog||84||Founded in Belgium, now global social media network|
|20||MyHeritage||75||Family orientated social network|
|21||70||Pin the tail on the..|
|22||Odnoklassniki||65.3||Russian social network|
|23||MyLife||63||Social media site aggregator to find friends|
|24||Ask.fm||60||Social media site that’s always in the news|
|25||ClassMates||55||School based social network|
Now, for those of you who weren’t born with Rainman like arithmetic skills, the social media user base for the top 25 sites for September is 7.594 BILLION which is 104 million less than in August, a -1.3695% change. In total there were 251 sites featured on the Expanded Ramblings page which combined had 18.393 BILLLION users. That’s a lot of users but it’s the first time in 3 months that there has been a dip in growth for the top 25 social media platforms.
Will it be higher or lower for October? Comment below and would love to hear your views on whether or not you think social media is near it’s peak?
Note: These social media usage figures are based on the work done by ExpandedRamblings. It isn’t easy to get accurate and verified stats and so some of the social media stats might be a bit off.