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The 10 most popular social networks of 2015

Social networks and their message applications are more popular than ever, but which ones are the most popular?

We rank the plataforms with the most active monthly users and although the list includes those which are no surprise, some relatively unknown services have entered the list.

Facebook owns a nd operates four of the six most popular social networks in the world. Only two other services, both of china’s Tencent, entered the competition. Check the list below.


Facebook was the first social network to exceed 1 billion members and close the third quarter of 2015 with 1,55 billion monthly active users, including 1,39 billion in mobile devices.

The number of daily active users is also impressive, with 1,01 billion active users per day at the end of the third quarter, including 894 million in mobile only.


WhatsApp remains  true to its original mission of building a simple message app that works across all mobile platforms and has changed little since its launch in 2009.

The application surpassed 900 million monthly users in early September, according to a post by co-founder and CEO of the company Jan Koum on Facebook. When the co-founded company by Mark Zuckerberg acquired the application for $21.8 billion in February 2014, Whatsapp had 450 million monthly active users.

Tencent QQ

The Tencent QQ messaging application, commonly known as “QQ” or “QZone”, had 860 million monthly users by the end of the third quarter of 2015. The Chinese company Tencent Holdings Limited owns and operates the service and most users of the platform resides in China and other Asian countries. QQ was released in early 1999 as an IM app (Instant Messenger).

Facebook Messenger

Facebook’s stand-alone messaging application was released in August 2011, but it was unsuccessful until the company “forced” its users to download the dedicated application in 2014.

According to co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Messenger had 700 million users in early June, with 100 million of them adopting the service within 10 weeks of their CEO’s announcement.


Another Chinese Tencent app reported 650 million monthly users by the end of the third quarter of 2015. About 11% of WeChat users were located outside of China by the end of the second quarter. The tool became available in 2011, and currently earns around 10 million new users each month.


When Facebook acquired Instagram for $ 1 billion in April 2012, the image-sharing application had about 27 million total users registered. Instagram then announced that it had surpassed 400 million monthly users by September 2015 and that 100 million of them have embraced the service for the nine months following the announcement. Currently, the app earns around 10 million new users every month.


Twitter has been criticized for its low user growth in recent days, but it remains one of the most used social networks on the planet. The company closed the third quarter of 2015 with 320 million monthly users and 80% of them accessed the service at least once a month on mobile devices, according to the company.


The messaging service created in Japan expects to have more than 700 million registered users by the end of this year. Line reported that it had 212 million monthly active users in September 2015. In 2011, 15 engineers working for Korean search provider Naveer developed the app and although it has since become a separate service, Line remains a subsidiary of Naveer.

Sina Weibo

One of the most popular sites in China is kind of a mix between Facebook and Twitter. By the end of the first half of that year, the company said it had 212 million monthly active users, which represented an increase of 36% over the previous year. Mobile users made 85% of the company’s total users by June 2015, according to the company. Sina Weibo reached an average of 93 million users per day in the same month. Pinterest


The network of image reference sharing exceeded 100 million monthly users in September, according to a New York Times article, the digital clipping album also continues to additional additional mechanisms for purchase and advertising.