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

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

poll results june 29   How Many Social Networks Are You Active On? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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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Paul G

I’m actually active on 6 Social Networks!

I use Facebook, Google +, Pinterest, Twitter and 2 others which are more focused on a theme!

This theme being Kindness, Caring and Giving of Ourselves to help others.

These sites are like the saying “Something old, something new!” as the first one has been in existence since 1998 ( http://www.care2.com/aboutus/ ) and the other one is fairly recent having been launched in 2011 but the concept originated in 2007 ( http://lifevestinside.com/about.php ).

Of course, I use every Social Network to talk about ALL the others!

I’m NOT a Social Butterfly, I’m more of a Social Bee pollinating across the Networks sharing the universal message of goodwill, a value that tends to be sidetracked by the flash of so-called modern life!

Give me Kindness instead of speed every day!

Best regards!

2 votes

Bumferry

I use Twitter, Facebook and G+.
I have found that I use Twitter as a guide to what is happening in the world, by following my favourite websites, news agencies but very few “celebrities” as I find them to be the most boring people on the planet. Facebook is good for keeping up with friends and family, but with all the adverts popping up it becoming more of a nuisance than a easy way to stay in touch.
Which is why I am trying to get people into G+. It has some way to go before it becomes a true contender to Facebook (in my view) but has the potential to be awesome.
It already has some great ideas like circles for different updates. I use one for friends, one for technology, geeky stuff etc… Getting to grips with hangouts is my next task.
Facebook is integrated into our lives but I hope that those who know better will ditch it for something more user friendly… but I guess I have to wait for them to reach level 100000 on farmville. hahaa.

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Paul G

I’m actually active on 6 Social Networks!

I use Facebook, Google +, Pinterest, Twitter and 2 others which are more focused on a theme!

This theme being Kindness, Caring and Giving of Ourselves to help others.

These sites are like the saying “Something old, something new!” as the first one has been in existence since 1998 ( care2 ) and the other one is fairly recent having been launched in 2011 with the concept dating back to 2007 ( Life Vest Inside ).

Of course, I use every Social Network to talk about ALL the others!

I’m NOT a Social Butterfly, I’m more of a Social Bee pollinating across the Networks sharing the universal message of goodwill, a value that tends to be sidetracked by the flash of so-called modern life!

Give me Kindness instead of speed every day!

Best regards!

0 votes

Paul G

Dear Yaara,

Sorry about this double post, my browser was acting up and I thought my original post was blocked and/or lost in CyberSpace due to the links I had posted inside!

have a nice week!

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Yaara Lancet

No worries, thanks for being so conscientious about it! And thanks for the comment. :)

1 votes

Degenerated S

I’m on three social network sites – facebook, twitter and G+ . Twitter is my favorite as its a source of general knowledge and provides rich info and most importantly, it helps in preparation for the most tough exam in my country ( IAS exam in India), I just facebook to remain connected with my friends and family and I’m a new user of G+ so I dont know much about it.

It doesnt matter how many social sites you are on , But you have to efficiently use it for your own development .

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Yaara Lancet

Thanks for the comment! I’m curious, how does Twitter help you prepare for the exam?

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Saumyakanta S

you see… twitter provides a lot of info … i mean I can follow scientific accounts , news accounts ., etc …so that way I can get some knowledge which helps in my preparation… cuz the G.K part is really important part of the exam , as you have to keep good track of international and national events along with sports ,science etc…of course this exam will provide an administrative job !! …..so this much of hard-work is really worth ..

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Yaara Lancet

That’s pretty cool! I wish I could have used Twitter to prepare for exams when I has them. :)

0 votes

Sonesh Lakhani

I use Fb Google + and twitter top 3 social sites

0 votes

Osama Javaid

Facebook for detailed posts from my favourite brands.
Twitter for quick picks from what attracts my interests.
YouTube for its direct link to celebrities and entertainment.
and
Instagram for “a picture worth a thousand words”
I don’t use pinterest, google+ and foursquare because I think the above 4 pretty much cover all what I should be informed with. Staying active on more than these is not possible for a busy person like me. In my opinion, every brand and celebrity should be on facebook, twitter and youtube for reaching 95% of internet audience. or if more than it, on instagram.

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Paul G

Personally, I think every social site bring something new or updated to the table, it always depends what you want to do with it!

Lately Facebook and YouTube have been invaded a bit more by trolls and hate speech lovers so for me, they are starting to lose their shine which is a shame!

2 votes

natasha

I use Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and a few more I need to take a loom at. I use Twitter as a quick snapshot of life, Facebook just to check in with family, and Google+ to connect with new people who have my same interests. Tumblr is usually only active in April, July, and November when I do NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo. Pinterest is the new one I’ve got, and I use it to gather new ideas for my future classroom.

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Yaara Lancet

Thanks for sharing, Natasha!

2 votes

Tyler

I actually use 6 different social networks. In order my favorites are G+ (which I’m hoping sooner or later everyone will find that it is probably the best choice out there, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and ask.fm. I like G+ the best however because it combines most of the features of all of these platforms, and for what it doesn’t have, it supports integration to other platforms. I probably use twitter the most, only because that’s what most people use. I like the pictures on G+ and tumblr as well as the layouts on them the best.

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Yaara Lancet

Cool, thanks for sharing!

1 votes

Sudeepto Dutta

I was heavily active on Social Networking Sites (short for SNSs)a couple of years back..

I realized that I had wasted my valuable time scrolling through other people’s posts and pics which have nothing to do with me…

Well at present , I know one thing for sure… If you have something RELEVANT to share , go ahead save that particular moment ….

But if you don’t have anything , don’t just sit up & glance at the screen …

“Time is Money …Gotta spend it wisely” :)

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Paul G

Time is Money … BUT … not only!

Well managed time can give you the means to do much with little expense!

As for me, Time was Money … as I left that rat race in 2007 but I did not become a reclusive vampire, I seem to be more occupied these days but it has little to do with the Money = Time Equation!

All is manageable with planning, enjoy time, there is a world full of it out there!

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mihirchheda13

Have accounts on many SNSs but hardly check each of them!
Active only on 3 SNSs, twitter, facebook & Google+ (in that order!)

1 votes

dragonmouth

I am not a member of any social network, at least not that I know of. IMO they are a waste of time and an invasion of privacy. And now the Social Butterflies are finding out how invasive social networking can be. Employers, police and government agencies are digging through the networks for dirt on the participants. I avoid any sites that require social network membership to register. Unfortunately I am finding that more and more sites have incorporated such a requirement.

2 votes

Lavender

Dragonmouth:

You are (almost) the ONLY person , so far, among all these commenters who pointed out governmental/corporate usage of all these social networking sites. I’d go so far as to point out that spying and data mining are the ONLY reasons these sites even exist. I mean, it isn’t *really* about “friendship”. No one can seriously believe that, can they?

“I have 563 Facebook friends. I had to call a cab to take me to the airport.”

Seriously, folks. Get off your electronic gadgets and go have an actual, honest-to-goodness FACE-TO-FACE conversation with a real, physical, friend. You DO have at least one, don’t you? You haven’t forgotten how, have you? And talk TO them, don’t just sit next to them while texting!

0 votes

dragonmouth

/grin/

Just as e-mail, texting and IM are killing our writing skills, so are social networks killing our social skills. People are forgetting the art of conversation.

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Lisa Santika O

Agreed. I hate anyone who think that ‘if you’re not on SNs, you don’t exist’.

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dragonmouth

Unfortunately more and more employers are thinking that way.
1) because if you’re not on SNs, you’re so behind times that your skills are at the caveman level. Of course what they fail to realize is to rub two sticks together to produce fire takes a lot of skill. /grin/
2) because if you’re not on SNs, they can’t find any dirt on you, and that bothers them to no end. Also you MUST be hiding some deep, dark secret. /grin/

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Saumyakanta S

well , kudos ..there’s a good side and bad side to everything … so the most important thing is we have to point out the good side and se it efficiently…

1 votes

Rajaa Chowdhury

I am actually active on 4 Social Networks.

By priority, Facebook rules the roost. I am in touch with my cousins, friends and a few relatives in faraway lands through Facebook. Next in priority is LinkedIn, staying in touch with my present and ex colleagues, business associates and news on my industry vertical. Third is Twitter, the ideal social network for a lazybone like me, restricted to 140 characters on my tweets. Lats but not the least is Google Plus, a very recent addition, driven by MakeUseOf, which I signed up for the MUO Hangout session with Tina Sieber and now for my Giveaways, but still trying to get the hang of it.

1 votes

Yaara Lancet

Hey, that’s pretty cool. Hope you enjoyed that Hangout!

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Rajaa C

Yeps!!! I really enjoyed that session and am waiting for more such sessions.

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Mohammad Hamzani S

as for me, since i do not own a pc and active internet connection at home. so i just actively use 2 social network only as i online thru internet cafe or atmy sis house. i actively on facebook and just for fun at tagged.

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Tika Maya Thapa

Currently I am using 4 social networks . All of them can be used for different purpose .

1. Facebook – for connecting with family and friends ;
2. Twitter – to follow those beings to whom I am inspire with ;
3. Google+ – don’t have specific reason of using it but it’s great social networking site , I can say that the concept by keeping it has been made , were better than Facebook and Twitter .
4. Tumblr – for writing blog and following blogs . Simply it’s just awesome .

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Lisa Santika O

Tumblr is counted as social networks? Then how about the other blogging services?

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Tika Maya Thapa

Without any doubt , tumblr is micro-blogging plus social networking site .
Blogging services like blogger or wordpress aren’t social networking site .

It’s good question for a second I got confused .

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Yaara Lancet

I guess Tumblr could go either way, but as Tika pointed out, it’s more a social network than any old blogging platform. I think it depends on how you use it, and if it feels like a social network to you, then it is.

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Shawn G

I’m on 3. I mostly use them as a means to keep track of interesting pages.

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Paul-kristjan A

I voted for 4, because that’s what I can think of. I don’t think, that I’m in any other services, because I don’t have the time to be on the internet.

1 votes

darren k.

I have a hard enough time keeping up with my twitter stream, and I consider soundcloud a social network so I voted 2. I do plan on starting to play with g+ and that’ll probably be it for me. 3 social networks, a couple of forums, and hitting a half dozen or so good websites not to mention YouTube and twit I forget to go outside and get some fresh air sometimes ;)

2 votes

Vlado

I use two social networks (maybe the most popular) – Facebook and Twitter.
I use Facebook to share interesting things with my friends and to communicate with people sharing my interests.
Twitter is a different story. On Twitter i just “follow” some web sites to see when and what articles they are publishing. Much like online RSS reader with push functionality :) I don’t tweet, just read others’ tweets.
About G+? I’ve tried it, but I found it very distracting. Every time i opened Google’s search page it showed me if there’s an activity on G+. I couldn’t find a way to disable this (feature?), so I deleted my account and now I can search without distraction.

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John C

Let me see here; Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, Tumblr but not often and I believe that’s it unless I’m missing something, which I’m sure I am.

1 votes

Vishal S

I’m active on 2 social networks- Facebook and Google +. I once had a friend say-”I like to keep my work and personal life separate. I keep friends on Google + and work on Facebook.” I agreed with him and have done the same, except the opposite. All my friends use Facebook so that’s where I keep my personal life. Google + is for my work and contacts. These are the 2 sites I use and have never found a reason to use a third. I do have a Twitter account, but it’s rarely used (and don’t know why I have 5 followers on it :). Whatsapp wasn’t mentioned in your list and it really isn’t a social network but I’d like to give it a special mention as not only can you contact guys for free (over wifi), you can interact with groups and hence it’s another way for me to stay connected.

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Yaara Lancet

It’s interesting that your friend uses G+ for friends and Facebook for work, it really is the other way around for most people, me included.

As for WhatsApp, it’s an interesting questions. I didn’t think about it when I thought about social networks, but with groups chats and all that, it’s not very far from being or becoming one.

2 votes

likefunbutnot

Zero.
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.

2 votes

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.

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Yaara Lancet

Thanks for sharing, Austin!

1 votes

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?

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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.

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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.

1 votes

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.

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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.