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Social networks are absolutely everywhere you look online. The likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are built into the very fabric of the Web, being omnipresent even on sites that they have no direct involvement with. Even MakeUseOf – look to the left of this paragraph to see for yourself how far their tentacles reach.

Beyond that there are other social networks with more of a niche intention. LinkedIn for building business contacts, Pinterest for sharing images of things that interest you, MySpace for people who like Justin Timberlake (I think!?). The question is which social network is your particular poison of choice?

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What Is Your Favorite Social Network, & Why? We have actually asked this question before What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [We Ask You] What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [We Ask You] 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... Read More , or at least one very close to it. That was almost exactly one year ago, and it will be interesting to see how things have changed over the last 12 months.

Social networking is constantly changing, which is why we’d like to get a feel for how the MakeUseOf readership views the genre at this particular moment in time. Tell us which social network you use above all others and why you use it over the alternatives. After all, there are so many available there has to be a reason for gravitating towards a particular one.

This question was prompted by changes being made to both Facebook and Google+. The former is preparing to change its user interface Facebook Changes Again: Check Out Your Re-Imagined News Feed [Updates] Facebook Changes Again: Check Out Your Re-Imagined News Feed [Updates] After several days full of guesswork, Facebook has finally announced its biggest change in a while: a brand new News Feed. You can filter your posts so you get to see updates from all friends,... Read More once more, with the Timeline we all know and love Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion] Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion] If you haven't yet switched your Facebook profile over to the new Timeline then the chances are Facebook is getting rather insistent that you do. And it's no wonder. It's been 8 months since Timeline... Read More undergoing a makeover. The latter is continually being adapted, but the most recent makeover Google+ Updates With Local Reviews, Larger Cover Photos & More [Updates] Google+ Updates With Local Reviews, Larger Cover Photos & More [Updates] Google+ has received an update, which brings some new features and options to Google's growing social network. In a nutshell, the update includes a new tab for local reviews, an upgraded version of the About... Read More prompted cries from some quarters that Google was copying Facebook. Which is an interesting avenue to explore.


Those who don’t use any social networks aren’t excluded from taking part in the discussion. Feel free to explain your reasons for avoiding the lure of these sites. Do the privacy and data issues put you off? Or do you merely fail to see the appeal in talking to people on the InterWebs? Have you instead been banned from social networks How To Get Banned From Social Networks How To Get Banned From Social Networks The Web has opened up lines of communication that were previously closed for the vast majority of the world. Anyone with an Internet connection can now head online and talk to someone on the other... Read More ?

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told UsOne reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Sibyl Abel
    September 7, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Hi there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog. Is it tough to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I'm thinking about making my own but I'm not sure where to begin. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Cheers

  2. jessica
    June 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    i like Become Celebrity most, its altogether a different Social media site

    • Andew J
      June 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      i totally agree with you Jessica

  3. Vanessa Gonzales
    June 6, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I like Insta because a have a lot of friends on there well that's because I'm amid but still I also like sc [snapchat] and musically.

  4. Annie Anonymouse
    March 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Everyone hates Facebook nowadays, but I like it very much. I've been using it for 4 years now, and my friends, family, and everyone else has Facebook account. I can also find like pages so I can keep up with their latest news . Then, there's all the apps and games for people who want that. I have good control over my my Facebook privacy, and I find it super easy to navigate through the pages. Facebook may be getting old, but I still believe it is the best(:

  5. Bill Laurienti
    March 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    facebook because I am more likely to find people I want to find there. If it weren't for that ubiquitous user base, though, I wouldn't care for it over G+.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      That appears to be a common point of view. In which case Facebook is winning merely by having the biggest userbase.

  6. Rod Cruz
    March 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Car town, coz I can buy my favorite cars!

  7. Thomas Cherian
    March 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    most of ma friends are not in g+ or twitter
    so facebook seems best to me

  8. harley
    March 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Facebook, most of my friends & family use it. I never caught on to Twitter and started out with MySpace, but was afraid to use it or make comments on anything years ago when I first got my computer.

  9. harley
    March 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Facebook, most of my friends & family use it. I never caught on to Twitter and started out with MySpace, but was afraid to use it or make comments on anything years ago when I first got my computer.

  10. harley
    March 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Facebook, most of my friends & family use it. I never caught on to Twitter and started out with MySpace, but was afraid to use it or make comments on anything years ago when I first got my computer.

    • harley
      March 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Sorry, I must have had a glitch for this to appear 3X, I'm not sure if you can delete a post.

  11. Caitlin Cahill
    March 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Google+ because sharing is much more interactive and multi-faceted, and circles are a more realistic way of sharing.

  12. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    March 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I don't use social networks since I don't need more procrastination excuse than I already do. I like my worlds separate (personal, school, etc). That's practically the whole point, though there are smaller reasons I keep to myself.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Procrastinating by commenting on MUO articles is all you really need. Screw those social networking losers! ;)

  13. Noman Fayez
    March 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    1. Facebook
    2. Twitter
    3. LinkedIN
    4. Google+

  14. Mohnish Mallya
    March 15, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Facebook all the way. It has a wider coverage. A larger user base. Larger number of people online at any given time. Its privacy feature allows me to post anything by reducing the visibility to just the people who I want it to be viewed by.

  15. Thomas Weber
    March 15, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I really like Google+. Sure, not everyone has/uses it, but that's what makes it more awesome. It's a nice place to get away. And the community of users seem to consist of a more intelligent user base. The "news feed" isn't riddled with pointless/meaningless status updates about how hungover people are or griping about their strong disdain for their day-to-day activities. Instagram is pretty straight, too. It has nothing but pictures. Pictures are pretty fun.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      That's an interesting viewpoint, that it's the lack of users that makes Google+ so great :)

  16. Gollum
    March 15, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I prefer Facebook. The do a much better job of monetizing my information and being lax with my private information than any of the others.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      They do their job extremely well ;)

  17. xbalesx
    March 15, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Vote: 1) Google+ 2) Facebook 3) Twitter 4) YouTube

  18. Kirby
    March 15, 2013 at 12:04 am

    The social network I'm using is Facebook. Mainly because of the games they have..Old habits die hard (in my case, the habit of playing games).

    What puts me off on social networking sites is that sometimes there's so much negativity on it. I guess this is how people reduce their stress, by posting it on the web. It's tiring to keep on reading such things often so....

    Another thing I don't like is ads. I don't like ads interrupting the TV show I'm watching and I guess I brought that discrimination on social networks too.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Ads and negative posts... two things I've learned to tune out after so many years online :)

  19. christine st.syr griffin
    March 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Social Networking,it leaves a bad taste in my mouth just saying it. I was doing alot of work with the school district i live in when i really noticed the impact it was having on so many teens in my area. The tears, the drama, The pure Ugliness of it all. My daughter was still just a freshman in High School and by the time of Her Senior Year I was so disgusted with the whole facebook fiasco. I mean, really, who thought it was such a brilliant idea to let a bunch of hormone crazed teens run amok primarily unmonitored unfiltered and uncensored through the primarily lawless web. I am one of the lucky parents whose child occassionaly confided the atrocities being played out. My daughter is now almost 21, i believe she has learned how to protect herself and i respect her privacy so much that i did not want to even join facebook. Now i have my 13 year old son, so sweet and sensative, i can only hope and pray he does not get too addicted to the social scenes on the internet. This time around I am going to learn a little bit more just in case. I want to respect his privacy however I also do not want him to deal with hurtful and hateful comments from some idiot he has probably never even met. This may seem a little dramatic for some readers, but hey go volunteer or do some teachers aid work with the jr. high or high school in your area and listen, really listen to the kids, watch theirs tears and frustration, anger, hurt and than watch as they become desensatized and less enchanted with our world. I have joined facebook, I am trying to start a business and find that yes the social networks are a necessary evil. and believe it or not i am happy my teen years were before facebook, instagram, and the rest of the fishbowl social scenes.
    thanks ever so much, christineStSyrgriffin

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      As a high schooler I can vouch there is a lot of drama going on. Even if say, you only want to keep your contacts very personal, sometimes people will flip out because you 'don't want to friend' them.

      • Dave Parrack
        March 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        Your comments suggest a much older, wiser head. I would never have guessed you were of school age. Keep up with the intelligent and insightful comments :)

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Great comment, though not having kids means I'm somewhat shielded to the drama that happens on Facebook and beyond. What do you think of the minimum age of 13 for Facebook? Do you believe it should be higher?

      • Christine St Syr Griffin
        March 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        not sure if this question is directed at Lisa or me, and since my first response was a bit dramatic this is my answer to you now, Are 13 year old's allowed to purchase porn? of course there are kids who will try and sneak and get away with things before their ready, which entails work and possible punishment from parents, what kid wants that? Facebook makes it way too easy and exposes children possibly before they are mature enough to handle it.

        • Dave Parrack
          March 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm

          This one was directed at you :)

          You make a fair point. In which case what should Facebook be doing to better prevent children from joining the site?

        • Christine St Syr Griffin
          March 19, 2013 at 5:58 am

          if I could solve that issue I could probably solve world hunger or win a Nobel prize. sadly I am not versed enough in technology to know who how or where to go for a more safe and secure social site for our youth. I honestly do not understand how the web is so lawless. if you go to a club you get carded, my brother buys a bottle of wine, he gets carded, smokes carded yet most websites only require a little check mark stating that yes I am of legal age to sign up.maybe Facebook could do what google does when you have to prove who you are when your trying to get back an account. submitting state I'd, and I think social security, I just remember at the time that they went to great lengths to protect me from me. in the end really it is the parents responsability to be actively involved in their child's life and monitor everything they can with the grace and technique of a ninja. also having an open and honest relationship with your child helps.

  20. Manide
    March 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Twitter is my favourite. It's the simplest of all, fast and it is not so time-consuming like the others.

  21. Sadman Hasan
    March 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    So far, Facebook is a complete sharing site! Fast & flexible though it has still some privacy hole! Easy to grab others information!
    But For me it's Facebook.I can share anything at anytime!

  22. Ran Kinory
    March 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Facebook just to keep in touch with my friends.

  23. julien croy
    March 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Facebook is the best, its easy to use no limitation on words. Very easy to setup, good security. Best of all a huge amount of people use it, compared to Google+. I would have chosen google+ but not many people use it so its hard to find people you know. I just don't like how Facebook keeps what ever you post or do on Facebook, because of that I barely post anything. Maybe if they get rid of that I would use facebook a lot more.

  24. Dave Bakker
    March 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I like Google Plus the best so far, however I still need a few facebook friends to make the jump. I love the control I have in how the content is displayed, and who I want to share with. Having very specific circles set up makes jumping to various topics and groups quite easy. Google Hangout is a power tool, that we have used many times for meetings, saving lots of travel time. Having now the communities adds even more depth. Being able to save searches enables me to search for current new items and then delte them after a week or so when news dies down. Hands down the best social meda platform

  25. Austin H
    March 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    My favorite social network is Instagram, however, that might change if Facebook starts changing tons of stuff with it. I like the layout and I love iPhoneography. I especially like that people can follow me without me having to follow them. I'm not one of those "post your mediocre meal" kinds of IGers, and I only follow a handful of my real life friends. Mostly, I like to follow other people who are into mobile photography.

    I also like Pintrest a lot for some of the same reasons. I don't feel the need to seek out real life friends. Personally, I'd rather find out about their interests by actually talking to them. But I love following other interesting people in the world and seeing the things that they've discovered that I'm also interested in. Where else can I get a wealth of internet memes and DIY projects? My biggest qualm with it is also what I like about it. It feels too open. I don't like that there is no approval process for following boards, and even though their are private boards, it seems a little backwards that people need to be invited rather than request to view/join it.

    Of course I use Facebook, but have found that I really only use it to check events once or twice a week and for some social logins. I know that Twitter has been around for a long time now, but I have never really understood it's point. I made one a while ago, but I don't think I've used it more than ten times.

    Anyways, that's my two cents!

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Great comment, and thanks for mentioning two of the slightly smaller social networks. The way you don't understand Twitter, I don't understand Instagram, but then I've fallen into the trap of thinking everyone only uses it to post pictures of their latest meal ;)

  26. Moez Bouhlel
    March 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    G+ because all the open source comminuties are availbale on it
    also, it has more and better futures than fb & tt

  27. Jen Martin
    March 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I like using Facebook because I can connect with my friends and family. I also like Facebook because it has a lot of fun games to play. Some games may be just for fun or some may to help you ease your stress for the day.

  28. Raazan Malla
    March 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Facebook the best coz I get all infotainment from it more than any other social media.

  29. Catherine M
    March 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Facebook - great social tool for keeping in touch with all my friends & family.

  30. Mahim N
    March 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Google + all the way. It's new, slick, and convenient. It's very neat with all the features, and it beats all other social networks. If only more people got on it, then it would be king. It's literally Facebook on steroids.

  31. Lester
    March 14, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Personally, I detest all of them. They are distractions and time wasters. It's much more rewarding to speak to someone in person, and barring that, the phone call is still a nice option.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      You actually ring people on the phone? Insanity! ;)

  32. Stacey Brewer
    March 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Despite its problems I use Facebook as the Primary 'Social' network. It is where most of my friends stay in touch with me. Despite it's privacy problems and the poor privacy attitude of the Facebook company and company officers, it is 'currently' the only option. As soon as something better comes along, I will be dropping it like MySpace.

  33. null
    March 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    My favorite one is ... it is much more popular in Latvia than facebook and it is created in Latvia. English version of it is frype ( Security for it is not so good as for facebook but it is very easy to use and also there are some features that is not in facebook. Some of them is that you easily can see new friend albums (if he has set that friends can see it), next is that you can see that somebody has watched your profile (and if you pay than you can see who is it) and also there is option to change skins for site (also self created). I also like option (I do not know if it is only in Latvia) that I can for free get message in phone about some news in my profile as example new message, invitation and others without an app. And theses features are not only ones I like. So I use this because it is with many good features and also more handy for me.

    Next one is facebook and twitter cause in facebook I have my friends from another countries and in twitter I can try to send some fast messages for friends.

    Only the last one for my is G+. I assume that it is because I do not have many friends there.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks for mentioning a localized social network. With the popularity of the big three it's sometimes easy to forget that some countries have their own social networks that prove much more popular.

  34. Ana Georgievska
    March 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    twittwr , short messages,(althoudh too many of them),quick info

  35. Rajesh
    March 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Google+, simple yet powerful. It comes with all of the features that you always wants from any social network website. I'm happily using G+ from when it was in beta stage (not open to all), and the updated profile page looks simply so clean, so that I can say I'm loving it.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Google+ has improved massively since launch. All it needs now is a bigger pool of users ;)

      • edyshor
        March 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        Yeah, but all the users are taken :)

        If G+ would take a different approach, one that will not make me choose between facebook and G+, but one that will make me wish to became an active member of G+'s network in order to gain something more, something that complements my facebook identity or one that allows me to detach one distinct aspect of my online identity from the general facebook (like LinkedIn did) then it would gain more users because there would be less confusion and less conflict, users won't have to think in terms of 'facebook or g+' but they might think 'facebook and g+ = Level Up' .

        • Dave Parrack
          March 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm

          I suspect Google is looking to overthrow Facebook rather than offer a niche offering that works with it. It took Google a long time to realize the potential in social networking, but now that it has it wants to be number one.

  36. David Blatch
    March 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Facebook..cause i got 25 US City news channels on my feeds..Pretty cool how fast i get the news. :)

  37. null
    March 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    the best is always Facebook...because it's the most populated! A social network without people on it is useless!

  38. Shahab Alam
    March 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Its facebook because all my frns r in network,
    but a new plateform is needed because fb is too crowded by sharing useless photos n all

  39. edyshor
    March 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I use Facebook and Twitter mainly, Google+ is .. well strange and kinda deserted .. i'm sure its a great initiative and the software behind it is powerful but to me it seems like the chinese ghost towns (build by investors but nobody inhabits them);

    I use facebook because my friends are on it, and because the content that fly back and forth with all the sarcastic jokes attached, but to be honest i think the main reason is that i'm using it for years, build friendships on it, discovered a lot of acquaintances (old and new), and because of its media coverage i might find more :)
    Facebook became the "de facto" for social networking and maybe even digital identity .. nowdays i hear more and more the phrase "if you're not on facebook you don't exist" which i find it funny because it reminds me of the same phrase used for web in the "dot com" golden era; An average user could treat its facebook profile and account as his or hers personal space. an i personally like it that way .. its the ones that make profiles for work to spam the other users about their products that make it messy, if all that use facebook for business could do so using pages and not normal user account things would be better..

    Twitter is the service that amazes me, it doesn't have a clear purpose nor utility for that mater but people find all kinds of creative ways to use it, and for a time i thought of it as "the new rss" but its more like a mix of all, and nowadays i kind of think of lite as "the subspace of the web" where bits of text are thrown back and forth, replicated, modified, duplicated .. and you're in the middle of this and you have to pick what interest you and discard what is not, it all so dynamic and speedy that its confusing and for a control freak like me it was a little overwhelming ..
    I had to learn to let thing slide by me and click/follow only what catches my eye instead of scanning the tweets with scrutiny just so i would't miss something;

    That's my take, but what i don't like about posting message on MUO is the fact that my message will not retain the layout / all the linefeeds i've inserted and it will show messed up :/

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Your post will be neatly formatted after a while. Try refreshing the page. This is a good response to the question. I agree to people who use this to maintain social relationships, the question is not what you want to use but what everyone else is using.

      By the way, apparently I don't exist:)

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Judging by the comments -- both yours and others -- Facebook is only the number one choice because it has been around for years. What will be interesting to see is whether younger children reject it for the very same reason when they come of age.

      • edyshor
        March 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

        Well, yes, facebook is to social networking like google is to search :)
        The thing is that they still actively enhance it, and because of that i believe that other networks will have a very hard time getting the same popularity and userbase;

        I think that children will use Facebook also (if it maintains its supremacy) because they became acquainted with it through parents, older siblings and friends;

        And if Facebook doesn't screw up really bad i don't think it will be overthrown in the near future;

        However, LinkedIn is a good example for a social networking site to gain success without directly competing with facebook;

        • Dave Parrack
          March 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm

          I would have thought a kid is more likely to reject something that their parents are using... isn't that what we all did growing up?

        • edyshor
          March 19, 2013 at 12:13 am

          Dave, did you rejected the microwave, the telephone, the tv set ? :)

          Anyway, i'm looking at this as a service, an utility, something that's already part of everyday activity ..
          but i could be wrong ..

  40. John Soanes
    March 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    G+ because I would rather be discussing my interest that being BFFs.

  41. Frank Mohnhaupt
    March 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    It´s Facebook cause the most of my friends are there...

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      And that's the only reason? That suggests Facebook is only remaining on top because of its userbase.

  42. Rusty Hicks
    March 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    My favorite Social Network is Facebook, I'm afraid. Facebook seems to be the first out with new games. But lately I've been finding it easier to find old friends that I'd like to send them a shout out and compare our life path from theirs. It is amazing how differently people choose their calling in life...

  43. Scott S
    March 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Google+, cuz you don't blast everyone indiscriminately. The circles let you get accurate subsets of your contacts.

  44. Scott
    March 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I like Google+ best because it's subsetting of your contacts makes it easier that blasting everyone like twitter or FB.

  45. Bill
    March 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Facebook simply because nearly everyone uses it. Twitter is good for following certain people or businesses for promotions and contests, but that's mostly what I use it for, and I don't understand any of the appeal for Google+, seems like a Facebook for hipsters.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Google+ -- Facebook for hipsters. Google should totally steal that lol.

  46. Beckem Lacayo
    March 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Facebook, everyone is in it and convenient but not as convenient as google+.
    Twitter is for instant post without integration of a chat and albums.
    Google+ too late to take the pie, people wants to be where everyone is at facebook -_-.

  47. Jofen Kihlström
    March 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I am something of a regular joe - so Facebook is perfect for me. I keep in touch with friends all over the globe, check up on bands I like while at the same time keeping in contact with colleagues and family. Being av fan of the mho-page is also somewhat of a benefit. I do use twitter as well - but I find it harder to navigate, it's like a river so it is really hard to go back to something you saw a couple days ago (water under the bridge)...

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      That's a good point about Twitter. Unless you bookmark or save what you see straight away it's pretty hard to find it again. The search engine could do with an overhaul.

  48. Romeo Ninov
    March 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    LinkedIn - its professional and well organized :)

  49. David Cassenti
    March 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Facebook - having a larger user base allows me to keep up with more of my "friends and relations," at Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh calls them. Twitter has too few characters (I tend to be long winded in my...oops, there I go again!) and Google+ doesn't have enough of my friends on it.

  50. Kyle Barnick
    March 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Instant update to the world

  51. Cliff Hosler
    March 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Unfortunately Facebook. Most post aren't worth paying attention to but it is where almost all of my family and friends are.

  52. Nik Theriot
    March 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I find myself using Facebok less. I start to use Twitter more. Twitter is simple and keep me in the loop with lot of useful information. Also, Twitter is not bombarded with lot of pictures and useless stuff. I was able to connect to as many as I want to follow. I find that I learn more about lot of things going in around us and allow me to follow celebrities and people who make their mark for what they do or contribute to the society. I like to read short messages of what they shared or what they have to say about lot of issues.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      If you're in my age, Twitter timeline is not something you want to see. Expect text-based high school drama 24/7

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Facebook would tell you that images are an insanely popular part of the experience, but you think they distract and detract from the experience?

  53. Chris Knopff
    March 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Facebook. It has been the first of the three and consistently I tend to be on there the most. I use a little of each for other reasons like keeping in touch with others (that may not be on Facebook)

  54. Burning Chrome
    March 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    1 twitter 2 facebook

  55. ixshr
    March 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Twitter, no reason. Just like to have some conversations there than have some chats on FB.. it feels more secure.. (cus there isn't any of my lecturers follow my twitter account, but they do adding me on FB.. so then FB turns creepy~ lol ) ^^

  56. Alan Wade
    March 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Favorite, Social network? Are you trying to say that people use their computers for things other than study and learning Dave?

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Aren't you impressed?

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Wait, people use their computers for studying and learning? I thought it was all social networking and random websites that have no use but to entertain!

      • Alan Wade
        March 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

        Dave, I'm in shock! I only use my PC for 9 hours a day so dont have much time for socialising. How do you people find the time?
        Lisa, I'm very impressed!

        • Dave Parrack
          March 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm

          Time can always be found for Facebook and Reddit!

      • Alan Wade
        March 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

        My comment has disappeared yet again, guess that means I'm speachless!

  57. Rajaa Chowdhury
    March 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    First, let me be clear that yes I am on Twitter and Facebook and not really on Google+ as I find it too intrusive on my privacy. However, the site I shall mention hear is not a social networking site per SE in the true sense of the word, however it is a job networking site which beautifully doubles up as a social network with ex and present colleagues and professionals with similar interests. That ensures a valuable exchange of thoughts and ideas. Even the articles published are of immense value. Yes, I am referring to LinkedIn. :)

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      LinkedIn definitely qualifies as a social network, just one with more of a niche than the others.

  58. JohnB
    March 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I don't have a favorite. I use FB, G+, and Twitter for different reasons -- FB is best for keeping up with friends and family; Twitter is best for small bits on info from people I find interesting but don't necessarily want to interact with; G+ is like Twitter but with people I *do* like interacting with. So for me there is no favorite social network because each of the main ones serve different purposes.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      That's an interesting way of looking at it. Here's the question though... which do you head to first?

  59. hrhenry
    March 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    For me it used to be twitter. Now it's G+. Their communities feature is killer for me. Discussions in communities are usually thoughtful, unlike what I find on Facebook.

    I only use Facebook to connect with family and friends, and our exchanges are rarely more than a sentence or two long.

  60. Bumferry
    March 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Having moved away from friends and family for work, The best way for me to stay intouch (and therefore use social networks for their true purpose) was facebook.
    This was mainly due to the fact that everyone else was already on their.
    I use G+ as a tool for more professional tasks and hobbies rather than just "being social".
    Twitter is my go to app for keeping upto date with news, reviews and articles of my favourite webistes. Rather than opening a dozen tabs on Chrome, I can simply have a quick look at twitter and click any links that are relevant to me.
    Each of these BIG THREE have pro's and cons.
    I'd love to leave FB and use G+ but is it worth loosing that regular contact with my friends? Not yet!

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      The ways individuals use each of the big three is interesting. Everyone has different ideas about the best uses for each.

  61. Tara Moser
    March 14, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Love facebook but also like Twitter. Facebook is getting old and Twitter is so simple
    to use so for me it is Twitter.

  62. ravenclawwit
    March 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I like Tumblr the best, with Twitter a second fave. Probably because with both Tumblr and Twitter, you connect to people you actually want to hear from/read about/etc. rather than people you're obligated to connect with like family/old acquaintances/coworkers/etc. like on Facebook. In fact that's the number one reason why I hate Facebook. I don't actually want to hear my uncle Bob's daily thoughts on life, because he's a crabby, bigoted old miser. Facebook has actually made me hate members of my own family. I miss the old days when I never heard from these people except once in a great while. On Twitter and Tumblr you follow people who post things you like, whether you know them or not, and that's it. I heard it put this way once: "The people you have to talk to are on Facebook. The people you want to talk to are on Twitter." To me, you could sub Tumblr for Twitter in that sentence.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Uh yeah. I've seen a lot of cracked relationships because of stupid status updates. I'm with you about 'obligation to connect' can actually lower our opinion about someone. For example, I respect this professor before I see his childish comment on a social media.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      But your uncle Bob is so entertaining!

      Tumblr is a good shout. I think it's under-appreciated at the moment.

  63. Nevzat Akkaya
    March 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Definiately Google+. It's full of geeks, quality pages. I like it.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      On the drawbacks, real friends and family members are hard to come by. If anything, they make a G+ profile just because they have GMail, and never post anything worthwhile.

      • Nevzat A
        March 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        Exactly so. My family and relatives are all on Facebook, I don't see them on G+.

        • Dave Parrack
          March 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

          It feels like Google is pushing G+ hard, but the mainstream hasn't cottoned on to it yet. If that happens then Facebook may struggle to retain its users.

  64. Shannon Doak
    March 14, 2013 at 7:09 am

    G+ of course! Because it is more like real life. Circles, Hangouts, Events, Communities, it is a GREAT PLN!

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      I like the Circle concept. It's a nice touch though I'm a bit wary with Google.

      • Dave Parrack
        March 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        Why are you wary of Google? Or at least why are you more wary of Google than Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, etc.?

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          March 20, 2013 at 11:22 am

          The fact that I already have a lot of stuff in Google's services, I think. Putting everything in one basket isn't exactly a good idea. Plus, they tend to do 'springcleaning' that I can't be sure how long the service I use would be around.

        • Dave Parrack
          March 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm

          The Spring cleaning makes sense from a business point of view, but it sure has the ability to annoy consumers.

  65. Junil Maharjan
    March 14, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I am tired of all the social networking but i still do use some of them mostly facebook just to keep in touch with my friends.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Social networking fatigue, eh? Interesting.

  66. anon
    March 14, 2013 at 5:45 am


    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Aren't you old school? Tell us why you choose it!

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Is that still a thing?

  67. SaikatBasu
    March 14, 2013 at 5:36 am

    For me it's Twitter because there is a greater chance of meeting intelligent people and having intelligent conversations there and not get swamped by inane pictures. Facebook is turning into one huge photo-sharing mess. If I want photos, I will go to Instagram.

    • Shannon Doak
      March 14, 2013 at 7:27 am

      I agree about Twitter, but need to add that on G+ you can also meet intelligent people and have intelligent conversations with unlimited words and if you want a video hangout.

      • SaikatBasu
        March 14, 2013 at 7:55 am

        G+ is something I really need to pay attention to because Facebook is not working for me anymore. Let's see what the new FB changes bring.

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          March 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

          It's now a spotlight for targeted ads. Like watching a TV channel for commercials.

        • Saikat Basu
          March 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

          True..that's one of the reasons. Then there are the promoted posts which drop in from the blue.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      I agree about Twitter. Sadly there are still some who labor under the illusion that all people post on there is their toilet habits.

  68. 1hegame
    March 14, 2013 at 5:00 am

    I want my favorite as Google+ but only if gets makeover of Facebook with tiny fonts and large content to see in a single eye view. Both have there drawbacks.

    What bothers me of Facebook is "to find what you're looking for". It's really hard. Options on FB are scattered here and there. But on Google everything is neatly arranged. You can control your privacy easily and with less digging. Google is very easy to understand but FB uff! It's your luck if you can control or change what you want to. But the upside is large content in one screen and light weight.

    What Google+ lacks (IMO) is light weight web page. Google+ uses mostly PNG images and the images stops loading only when whole page gets loaded otherwise they keep going on even if one never have to see whole page. This is not issue with FB. It only loads recent images and starts loading others only when you head to them. But Google+ is charisma to browse. Everything is so easy to understand. You can easily find where you have to see your profile as a different user. Teach this now how you do this in FB. Any clue? It's difficult even if it's easy.

    Facebook eats my mind and Google don't. That's why I want Google+ with Facebook skin. So my favorite is Google+.

    Regarding twitter, it's a tiny social site. I never use it. The main reason is because it doesn't support my mobile carrier.

    • edyshor
      March 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      How do you make it so MUO keeps your linefeeds ? It really messes my messages :(
      What browser do you use? Could there be a problem using Chrome with ?!

      "this message
      should be displayed
      on three separate lines"

      • Tina
        March 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        It is. When you post your comment you see an unformatted preview. Once your comment gets published (comments with links get queued for moderation), it will show with proper formatting.

        • edyshor
          March 15, 2013 at 12:25 am

          Oh! That's how it is then ..

          There should be a hint about it
          when a user posts then,
          otherwise someone might get confused :)

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Google+ is benefiting from being built from scratch with none of the leftovers Facebook has from years of development. Give it time and it'll be as messy and disorganized as Facebook.

      • 1hegame
        March 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

        In my past 5 years browsing with Google I never ever had to dig up things. Never I had any complaint that this thing I'm unable to find. Google is brilliant and smart. In my thinking it will never get disorganized.

      • 1hegame
        March 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm

        But yes. I agree with one of your point that FB is there from many years while Google has seen a social network before getting born.

  69. imota
    March 14, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Google+ is my social network of choice. As for Facebook, I hate it. In fact, I cut my ties with Facebook long time ago. I also deleted my Twitter account since it is not appealing to me at all. In short, Google+ is the winner. However, there is something even better: 1) face-to-face communication, 2) telephone, 3) email.....then comes Google+.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      What, in your opinion, does Google+ do so differently from Facebook?

  70. Arron Walker
    March 14, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Facebook. It has the largest userbase, everyone I know uses it. The chat works, and conversations are save and synched effortlessly. Once you know how, you have massive control over what appears in your news feed, and you can subscribe to people to get notifications of their status updates, just in case you missed it. While there are still many problems, it overall offers the best experience for me.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      With social networks relying on people Facebook's userbase is certainly a strong advantage.

  71. Alexandru Ionut
    March 14, 2013 at 4:14 am

    google+ because is too powerful

  72. hazem elsaiegh
    March 14, 2013 at 4:05 am

    for me is twitter as it is so simple to use , may be it could be better if they omit or enlarge the number of letters someone can use , but it still my best choise

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      If they increased the 140-character limit Twitter would lose part of what makes it unique, no?

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