What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [We Ask You]

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There are a host of social networking sites available to use now. From the almost-but-not-quite-forgotten MySpace, to the all-powerful Facebook, from the strangely-addictive Twitter to the strangely non-addictive Google+. These are just the big, mainstream social networks, but there are also a lot of smaller ones catering to specific niches and individual needs.

With so many options available it’s hard to make the right choice. So there has to be at least one reason you chose the social network you ended up on. We want to know what that reason is, and perhaps other MakeUseOf readers will be able to make a more-informed choice because of your suggestions. Or perhaps they’ll just carry on using Facebook like the rest of the world does…

This Week’s Question…

What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why?

We want to know which social network(s) you use. Do you use them on a daily basis or just log in occasionally? Do you find yourself getting a little addicted to your social network of choice, having to wrench yourself away so as to actually get some work done or spend time with your family?

Also, what do you primarily use your social network of choice for? Keeping in contact with existing friends, or making new friends? The games, of which there are an increasing number? Promotional opportunities? We Ask You… now You Tell Us. All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week.

‘We Ask [You] Tell Us‘ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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Comments (27)
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  • Yury Chemerkin

    30 years techonology trends have been showing that you can’t choose only one useful and popular tool whether it’s IM or social networks, because you”ll never get feature to send and receive message from one network like GMail Chat to another like MSN (Windows Live). Miranda is GUI for most popular networks like all-in-one, AIM Messenger can connect you with your GMail friends, however still can’t to send cross-network message in way how it is built in Emails. Social netwoks have been having the same problem. You may post something, you may share something, you may sign up with another social netwoks; these features don’t mean you’re allowed to access them. I have a lot of IM account as well as I have a lot of social accounts to keep the most suitable and useful way to access, extract and share with somebody who may not belong to this network just in case

    • Dave Parrack

      What we need is one social network to rule them all! At least there is a trend for connecting accounts to each other across different sites. Which is a good start.

  • Arthwollipot

    Facebook all the way. Some Twitter as well. Flickr, but I use that more for storage and portfolio than for networking. I also have a particular IRC chatroom and a forum that I use extensively.

    • Dave Parrack

      Can you ever see yourself switching away from Facebook? I’m the same with Flickr, really just using it to display pics rather than networking.

  • Chris

    None.

    I used to be a big fan of social networking. From what I recall, Facebook was and is still the biggest thing. I enjoyed Facebook a lot, but it was very addicting. Now don’t get me wrong, it is a great for social networking of course, but in terms of how long I was on there, I’d say all day. When I wake up, I check my phone. At school, always on it half the time. When I get home, on the bus, etc. It got to the point where I made a decision to not have one because my grades dropped by a letter or two. It was bad.

    I also had a Google+ (it hasn’t reached it’s max potential yet, and all-though it’s far more useful than Facebook in terms of features, my generation has not migrated towards it yet.), Twitter (very strange, almost stalker-ish if I can say, too much spam), MySpace (It’s past it’s prime, good for aspiring artists, all though they should revamp the music player), Tumblr (Meh. It was okay, nothing special. Not necessarily social, more artistic show offs.)

    The only social network (if it is one I should say) would be Reddit. Some people say it is comparable to Tumblr, Pintrest, 9Gag, 4Chan or whatever. I don’t see it. It’s dedicated to people who share a common interest (internet memes). I find it hilarious, and enjoy it very much. Great for a good laugh if you understand what type of comedy it is.

    Summed up, I think people don’t remember real life. I understand that you have a Facebook, but if you’re on your phone all day waiting for a notification, and can’t hold a good conversation, I think you should get off it a little bit or completely. Humans have lived without technology for a long time. Going outside, working out, socializing in person, shopping, competitions. It’s great human experiences that are being replaced with gaming and social networking that I think we’re losing our natural abilities. Pretty soon, all of us will become bland and overweight haha.

    • Dave Parrack

      Can Reddit be classified as a social network though? I visit without actually taking part.

      Good points on the the other sites. Especially the Twitter spam, which is really getting out of hand.

  • Donzzy

    I have Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Foursquare, GetGlue, Tumblr & Myspace (rarely used), Pinterest and recently added Path. In as much as I want to get updated of what’s happening around my friends, family and everyone else around the world (not to mention about celebrities, eh!), I still keep reminding myself about privacy issues.

    I love social networks. I think I can barely live without them.

    ~http://idonzzy.wordpress.com

    • Dave Parrack

      As someone who works online and at home I find social networks are a real lifesaver. Which means having to put up with the privacy concerns.

      That’s quite a selection you use! Is there one you find yourself gravitating more towards?

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