How Many Social Networks Are You Active On? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you what do you think of Instagram’s new video feature. Do you know how many of you decided to vote? Less than 150. So without even looking at the results, I can already gather that you don’t care much about whether Instagram includes video or not. 129 of you did care enough to vote, however, so what do these readers think about video on Instagram?

13% of the readers think video on Instagram is awesome, 19% don’t want to use it and don’t want to see it on their Instagram streams, 21% think it’s simply redundant, 22% might use it, once they get used to it, and 25% of the voters don’t care much about it, but don’t think they’ll use it.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Not many of you took the time to comment on last week’s poll, leaving us with less than 10 comments. For that reason, there’s no best comment winner this week, but there’s still a free t-shirt with no home, so next week, we’ll be giving away TWO geeky t-shirts for the two best comments in the poll, so give us some good comments!

This week’s poll question is: How Many Social Networks Are You Active On?

TWO t-shirts are up for grabs this week, tell us what you think about the poll and you might get one!

Despite (or because of) their popularity, social networks are a controversial subject that’s often a point of contention even on MakeUseOf. Must you be a part of a social network to participate in something? How do you use your social networks? Are you even active on any? Why? And why not? Most of us have very concrete opinions regarding our activity on social networks, be it Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, or any of the others. What is yours? Do you love social networks and participate in as many as possible? Do you hate them and never open accounts? Or maybe you’re the average user with average activity? Tell us how many social networks you’re active on:

Note: to make the poll clearer, a social network you’re active on is one you’ve logged into in the past month. If you have a Pinterest account but haven’t logged in for 6 months, you’re not very active.

Why are you active on social networks? What do you like about it? If you’re not, why not? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Comments (48)
  • Vipul J

    4 for me.
    Facebook tops the list, with almost everyone I know being in contact there.

    Next up is twitter for following evleaks mainly or venting out some anger on politics directly at the responsible person :p

    After that I consider XDA-Developers as one of my social websites. Not only do I help people but also the Off-topic is kind of like a daily check.

    Similarly, the 4th one is the Destructoid forums. Gaming community with again a great OT!

    Never really liked G+, Pinterest or Instagram.

  • Lisa Santika O

    I’m not active in any social networks. To be clear, I never open an account in any of them. It just doesn’t sound particularly interesting. I’d rather join specialized forums/websites to gain and share knowledge. This, I think, make my online time more focused. Email and SMS serve me well for social purposes, and there’s always Skype and various IMs to use. I rely on websites and newspapers to keep up with current occurences.
    If I have to say one reason, probably because I find it unappealing that people can find so much about me in one place. I’d rather have my own website do the job, and keep conversation with my friends off the eyes of the world.

  • dragonmouth

    I wonder how many people would become catatonic in a fetal position if Facebook went permanently off the air? I wonder how much would the therapists, psycologists and psychiatrists see their business pick up if Facebook was no more?

    • Lisa Santika O

      You remind me of something I’ve heard before. This joke stated that 90% teenagers would die if cool brands declare breathing is not trendy.
      Well, anyway, that should be interesting to see. Probably decorating the front page of newspapers/news sites for months.

    • dragonmouth

      I can see that with my two daughters. If we lose the Internet for some reason, they do not know what to do with themselves. Although, to be fair, I must admit that when the network went down at work, I didn’t know what to do with myself, either. But being a programmer, almost everything I did required the use of the network.

  • Austin H

    I would say I’m “active” on 3, Pintrest, Instagram, and Facebook. But I really don’t check Facebook all that much. Maybe 3 times a week to see what’s come in or if I’ve been invited to anything. I also use Tumblr, Flickr, 500px, and Twitter, but those I look at every few weeks to once a month.

    I’m probably coming off as snooty, but I should perhaps explain that for the most part, I just don’t have the time to be on social networks. I work full-time and go to school. Most of the time, I don’t even think about checking social networks because I’m busy, and when I do catch a break, I’d prefer veg out playing video games or catch up on blogs over Facebooking or Tweeting.

    I do check Instagram frequently and I like the photo sharing sites. But I don’t really follow my “real life” friends on those; I prefer following amateur and professional photographers. It’s a nice quick break from work that doesn’t really involve anything more than a few seconds of looking at an image and then moving on.

  • likefunbutnot

    I generally don’t like the terms of service associated with social networks and I can point out specific reasons that I object to Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. At times this is quite aggravating since some web services are closed off to people who do not use social network services, but I think that also means that I’m more aware and better informed about what those networks do with their users’ data.

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