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If you’re online – which we know you are as you’re reading this article – then you’ll be aware of social networks. Hell, “aware” is the very least you’ll be, and you’re more likely to be a member of one, two, three, or more of these notoriously pervasive entities The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] I have accounts on several social networking sites, and spend far too long on them writing my own updates and reading the updates of others. I enjoy doing so, being able to interact with friends,... Read More . Owing to this job I belong to an inordinate number of them, though you can count on one hand the number on which I’m truly active.

Social networks exist on the surface to cater to our needs The Positive Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] The Positive Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] Social networking isn't for everyone, but it's now such a massive part of all our lives, whether we embrace or reject the notion, that it can no longer be ignored. But are social networking sites... Read More , allowing us to keep in touch with friends and family, share photos with each other, discuss current events, and make new connections, among other things. In reality most are businesses out to make money by inviting us in to their webs where they’ll consume our data before spitting it out into the laps of anyone willing to pay for it.

We all know this is true, and yet we play along regardless to such a degree we even have our favorite social networks. I’m a fan of both Facebook and Twitter, with a little Quora and Reddit on the side. But what about you? This question formed the basis for last week’s We Ask You column.

The Results

We asked you, What Is Your Favorite Social Network, & Why? The response was phenomenal, with more than 100 comments and counting. There was the usual mix of long and short comments, but overall the discussion was informative.

In terms of pure numbers the social networks stack up in the following order:-

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

There really are no surprises here, with these names always likely to make up the top four. However, there is obviously more to it than that. What follows are some of the keywords people associated with the particular social networking site they chose as their favorite.

Facebook — Populated, Convenient, Games.
Google+ — Powerful, Circles, Slick.
Twitter — Simple, Intelligent, Interesting.
LinkedIn — Valuable, Professional, Well-Organized.

Comment Of The Week

We had great input from the likes of Christine St Syr Griffin, edyshor, and Bumferry, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Austin H, who won with this comment:

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 Pinterest 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!

We like this comment because although it may only be Austin’s “two cents” it’s a well-considered explanation of his favorite social networks and the reasons why they’re his favorites. It also helps that he chooses to discuss a couple of the smaller social networks, namely Instagram 9 Beautiful & Useful Instagram Tools To Get More Out Of The Service 9 Beautiful & Useful Instagram Tools To Get More Out Of The Service After telling you how you can browse Instagram on the Web and on your desktop, after teaching you how to backup your Instagram photo collection, and being pretty sure you all know how to use... Read More and Pinterest.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You 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 your input, all of which is valued.

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  1. Sam Smith
    March 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    This surprised me at first, I thought with constantly hearing about twitter it'd rate higher up and most professionals have linked in so thought that'd be higher up than google+ too.
    Then I realised if you have a gmail account you're on google+ and you need a gmail account to have a youtube account now.. Smart move google, smart move!

    • Dave Parrack
      March 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Google is definitely doing well from its ability to veer people from its other services to Google+. Part of the problem social networks have when they start out is getting people to actually try them. Google has that figured out.

  2. Austin H
    March 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Yay! Thanks for the points and kudos, Dave! Love the questions of the week, the comments and responses always make me think twice about my first thoughts and opinions. Makes it extra cool to be the Comment of the Week when there were so many thoughtful reasons and opinions. Thanks again!

    • Dave Parrack
      March 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      You deserved it, it was a great comment :)

      I like this column too... when the discussion flows it can be a compelling read!

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