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
Facebook 2 billion Yes Yes Messenger
Twitter 328 million Yes Yes Embedded messaging feature
Google plus 111 million No Only for information dissemination Hangouts
LinkedIn 500 million Yes Useful for Careers Embedded messaging feature
YouTube 1.5 billion No Media sharing Not available
Instagram 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

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