Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. Websites and applications dedicated to forums, microblogging, social networking, social bookmarking, social curation, and wikis are among the different types of social media. This section below provides an overview of social media platforms classified by purpose and function for easy understanding.
Different types of social media and examples
Facebook and Twitter are the two biggest social networks in most countries. China, in contrast, has Qzone, Sina, Weibo, & RenRen as the most used social media; because in China Facebook, Twitter, and others social media platforms are banned by the Chinese government.
|Platform||Approx number of users||Available in lite mobile version||Useful in humanitarian AID||messaging application|
|328 million||Yes||Yes||Embedded messaging feature|
|Google plus||111 million||No||Only for information dissemination||Hangouts|
|500 million||Yes||Useful for Careers||Embedded messaging feature|
|YouTube||1.5 billion||No||Media sharing||Not available|
|700 million||No||Media sharing||Embedded messaging feature|
An analysis of each social media platform
Dominating social media platforms per continent
The next chapter (Part 2) will give more information about various messaging apps and its usage in humanitarian aid