5 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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1
Instagram

Woman Using Smartphone
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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. 

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2
Snapchat

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.

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3
Vine

Vine is Twitter's video-sharing app. With a similar app layout to Instagram, users can post videos up to six seconds in length that loop over and over again. While you can access Vine on the regular web, share them on other social networks and even embed them websites, the browsing and interacting experience is really meant for mobile. 

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4
Tumblr

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.

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5
Pinterest

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.

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Updated by: Elise Moreau