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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 social media obsession with anonymity social media obsession with anonymity Read More 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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  2. Yury Chemerkin
    March 21, 2012 at 7:13 am

    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
      March 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      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.

  3. Arthwollipot
    March 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

    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
      March 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      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.

  4. Chris
    March 16, 2012 at 7:05 am


    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
      March 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      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.

  5. Donzzy
    March 16, 2012 at 3:18 am

    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.


    • Dave Parrack
      March 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      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?

  6. Esteban
    March 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm


    Google+ is great, but as I (we) have already ALL the people of the world there, I (we) try to keep G+ clean with only people I really know. That and the fact that G+ hasn't taken off in Mexico adds to the point of mine being almost deserted.

    Facebook we all use, there's no way of avoiding it, we hate it, we hate the apps, we hate the stupid updates by our contacts, we hate the impossible privacy system. I use it also for my business, and in that respect it has proved an invaluable asset.

    Twitter I mostly only for my business, linked to its fb page.

    Foursquare is beginning to take of here (smartphones and data consumption are an issue), I use it everyday but try to keep things private, not auto sharing with facebook, and I only add people that are family or close friends.

    But Path I like very much, the interface is lovely, inviting, and you only add people you really care about, also it shares automatically with facebook and foursquare if you want. You can even add no one and share only certain things in facebook. Really, Path is the best social network for me.

    Here's an interesting thought: Facebook has only started to permit your FB Page to receive and respond to messages, ala Inbox, (alas, not SEND, only respond to a received message). Before that, we (people who have a business page) had to add people that asked for anything related to our work, and after having added them, send them the info via inbox.
    But now things are changing, as we can respond them via inbox from our page, we no longer have to add them as friends, so I've started deleting a lot of people I don't know... I think my facebook will end up having about 6 times the friends I have in G+, family, friends close and otherwise, and acquaintances of any kind, but no longer strangers.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks for such a wide-ranging comment.

      I actually don't hate Facebook, except for the privacy settings. Even those have improved recently. I haven't warmed to G+ yet. And I have a love-hate affair with Twitter.

      Path is an interesting choice, but I haven't yet taken the plunge and tried it.

      That's a good move by Facebook for you, but it means less forced connections. I guess they're at a point when they no longer need to push the issue of us friending each other unless we really want to.

  7. Antriksh Yadav
    March 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I use Facebook, although I prefer Google+. This is probably the case with many people.

    G+ is new and different. It has learned from the mistakes of other social networks and it looks good. The mobile apps are better than Facebook's, Hangouts is such an awesome feature, there are games that are not a spammy mess and it integrates with my Google Account.

    Facebook, on the other hand, already has all the people that matter.

    PS: I miss Disqus :(

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      That's the challenge for Google right there: persuade Facebook users to switch to G+. I still prefer Facebook, personally, but G+ is getting better all the time. If the population his terminal velocity then who knows.

      P.S. I kinda miss Disqus as well, but there were reasons for the switch!

  8. Paul
    March 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Do emails count? I got a bunch, but only one is for personal contacts only. That and my phone number. I had both for years and all my friends know how to reach me through them. People link me stuff, send files to look at, have personal conversations. They're really great, you should all try em.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      I guess emails have to count. They were the precursor to the modern social networks after all.

      Phone conversations? I try and avoid those whenever possible ;)

  9. Gianluca Marziale
    March 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

    the good old facebook is the one i use the most.
    I like the idea behind twitter but for now using it it's like shouting in the desert:
    all my friends use other socials...
    I'll give a try to diaspora and other ones suggested here !

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Is there anything you'd like to see Facebook do differently or are you really satisfied with the service?

      Twitter is a little like that at first, but be sure to follow interesting people, and tweet interesting stuff yourself, and it eventually improves.

  10. robotkoer
    March 15, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Facebook, for personal stuff, real social networking

    Twitter, for news of any kind, feedback to/from some companies and posting something
    Google+, for posting something to someone I have never heard, reading feed and replacing Facebook may come soon (depends on my friends)

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Twitter is great for news, if you follow the right accounts for your own interests. You're hoping G+ replaces Facebook? Is there anything Facebook could do to keep you happy?

  11. Imotadin
    March 15, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I am in love with Google+. It has seamless integration with Blogger, Gmail, and other highly valuable Google services. Plus, its  exceptional features such as "Hangouts" is something to enjoy.   

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Google is definitely banking on the integration with its other services to aid G+'s growth. What do you do about the people who aren't yet on there? Which is a lot.

  12. Dtigue
    March 15, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I would have to say my favorite would have to be IRC. The social networks mentioned in the article are all lacking in some way or another on features and bug #1 for all of them is their privacy policy. With IRC I can remain somewhat anonymous and talk with like minded people. With the big four its either family, coworkers, or old friends you care less about and they care less about you. None of whom really care about your interests, besides maybe family. Yep, my pick would be IRC.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Can IRC be considered a social network though? I guess it depends how you use it. The privacy thing is a big concern, and Google and Facebook in particular both seem to be twisting the knife when it comes to that.

  13. David Morley
    March 15, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Diaspora* is my network of choice! Distributed and contextual social networking that is Privacy Aware!

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      How is Diaspora* coming along? I remember following its development with interest but I haven't heard much since it launched. Didn't Google+ completely take the wind out of its sails?

  14. Khammers
    March 15, 2012 at 3:25 am

    My favorite social network is Pinterest. I think it can be highly addictive and I have to limit myself on time spent "pinning". I love this sight because of all of the amazing ideas that people pin. I love to try new recipes from Pinterest and I also enjoy seeing what my friends pin and looking through their pin boards to follow their likes and interests.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      I have to admit I haven't yet succumbed to joining Pinterest. I'm sure it's only a matter of time, however. You would choose it over the more mainstream social networks such as Facebook and Google+?

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