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Social Networking Sites in India: The Most Popular

Social Networking sites in India generate a huge amount of traffic compared with other countries, but it’s not just population density that equates for this traffic.

India is without a doubt becoming one of the most technologically active countries in the world, producing talented graduates in the fields of IT, Engineering, Programming, Data Analysis, among others.

Many developers, start-ups and tech companies have started expanding into this country due to their technological advancements.

This early-development of technology is the major reason India is known for being most active on social media. The number of users from India is growing exponentially as the internet becomes more accessible in both urban and rural areas.

 

These are the 10 most popular social networking sites in India:

Statistics by statista on top 10 social networking sites in India

10. WeChat

WeChat is a cross-platform instant messaging service developed by Tencent in China, first released in January 2011. It is one of the largest standalone messaging apps by monthly active users.

9. Instagram

In 2012, Instagram was bought by Facebook for around $1 billion and doubled its base of monthly active users in India during the period between September 2015 and September 2014, reported the Economic Times.

Instagram picture of guy bathing at Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai, India

8. Google Plus

Google Plus has been slowly increasing and upgrading its features in the last few years. The positive thing about the social networking site is it allows you to customize and organize people and interests into “circles”.

7. Hike Messenger

Hike Messenger is a cross-platform instant messaging service for smartphones that uses the internet for communication. In addition to text messaging, users can send each other graphical stickers, emoticons, images, videos, audios, files, voice messages, contacts and user location.

6. Twitter

The famous site that promoted micro-blogging continues to grow and become more active. This is the go-to site for all users whether it’s celebrities or organisations. The simple interface has appealed to a lot of people and the website shows no signs of decline.

7. Skype

Skype allows users to communicate over the Internet by voice using a microphone, by video using a webcam, and by instant messaging. Skype-to-Skype calls to other users are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones (over traditional telephone networks) are charged via a debit-based user account system called Skype Credit.

Indian people taking clicks on their cell phones of an artist performing during Diwali

4. LinkedIn

This website caters to the business and professional community and is one of the most active in India. A lot of people are registering and using the website. LinkedIn provides the opportunity for users to build their business profile with important factors such as experience, education, and business networks.

3.Facebook Messenger

Facebook messenger (sometimes abbreviated as Messenger) is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and voice communication.

2. Whats app

In May 2014, WhatsApp crossed 50 million monthly active users in India, which is also its largest country by the number of monthly active users. In October 2014, WhatsApp crossed 70 million monthly active users in India, which is 10% of its total user base (700 MM).

Wonem offering prayers at Mount Marry Basillica - social networking sites in India

1. Facebook

The most popular social networking site in the world is also number one in India. Ever since the rise of Facebook, more and more users have been creating their accounts. It is now the fastest growing website in the country and third most visited behind Google.

From these 10 most popular sites, we are able to draw a conclusion that residents of India prefer to use technology that connects them to others. Whether that’s through instant messaging services, free call services or social networking websites. India is a fast-growing country that’s soon to take over the social media scene.

Jaimie Park

Jaimie Park

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I am a digital strategist. I help organizations leverage data and technology to deliver better experiences for customers. Often seen juggling between social media apps.