4 of the Most Popular Social Networks on Mobile

Users Love to Access These Social Networks from Their Phones and Tablets

Remember when social networks could really only be accessed from a desktop or laptop computer?

It almost seems like ages ago. Nowadays, every major social network has its own dedicated app for major mobile platforms like iOS and Android.

While social networks like Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn certainly do get a lot of activity through their mobile apps, some social networks are purely meant to be accessed on a smartphone or tablet. Some of them even have very limited or no support for the regular web.

If you regularly do all your Facebook social networking from a mobile device, then you may be interested in checking out the following mobile social networks if you haven't already Their apps are so well designed, they're totally addictive!


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What We Like
  • Interesting photo filters.

  • Easy-to-use editing functions.

What We Don't Like
  • A bit confusing for new users.

  • Occasional ads.

Instagram is one of the most popular image-sharing social networks. It's designed for users to snap photos (and now film short videos too) wherever they are so they can post them instantly. Unlike other social networks, Instagram only involves individual posts and no feature to create photo albums. You just snap or upload your photo/video, apply some quick edits, add a caption, tag it to an optional location and post it for all your followers to see. 


What We Like
  • Easy way to share photos without cluttering up your system.

  • Fun, location-based facial-feature and other filters.

What We Don't Like
  • Photos are gone forever if you don’t download them.

  • No web-based interface.

Snapchat is one of those social networks that's mobile-only. Its main feature is private messaging with photos and short videos that disappear within a few seconds of being viewed, but it also has public stories that can be posted to a user's profiles and viewed by any friends for up to 24 hours. Snapchat probably won't be moving to the regular web anytime soon, if at all.


What We Like
  • Web-based interface.

  • Lots of fun, interesting layouts.

What We Don't Like
  • Questionable content may not be suitable for some people.

  • Extensive customization requires knowledge of HTML and CSS.

Tumblr is a popular blogging platform that has a huge community and a very visual appeal to it. This is one social network that actually has full support for the regular web. Users can pick blog layout designs and customize them to look like a real website, but power users know that the Tumblr mobile apps are what really makes it special. Users can easily publish new posts, interact with each other, reblog posts, and even customize their mobile header.


What We Like
  • Excellent way to get and share DIY project ideas.

  • Engaging, visually appealing design.

What We Don't Like
  • Occasional ad-sponsored content not always easily distinguishable.

  • A single search can change feed toward an interest you don't usually follow.

Pinterest is another social network that has full support for the regular web, but includes mobile apps that feature the most seamless gesture-based functions and gorgeous visual design. You can use Pinterest's powerful search tool right through the app to discover pinned content you're looking for and easily pin them to any board you want. You can also create new boards, upload your own pins and message pins to friends all from the app.

Updated by: Elise Moreau