Top International Social Networking Sites Around the World

These are the social networks that rule the web in other countries

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Social networking has no borders, but not every country's most popular platform is Facebook. In fact, a lot of Americans can probably admit to never even hearing about some of the most popular international social networking sites in other countries.

For a visual map of popular social network by country, make sure to check out this infographic post from Vincos, which is updated with new graphics and data every year about the first and second most popular social networks worldwide. How many from the following list have you heard of before?

QZone Dominates in China

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According to Statista's 2019 reportQZone is the seventh largest social network in the world behind Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Instagram. It's been around since 2005 and is a very complete platform that offers its users lots of different features including blogging, background customization, photo sharing, videos sharing and more. Today, it has 803 million active users.

Russia Loves V Kontakte

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Russia's version of Facebook is a social network called V Kontakte (now simply VK). It pretty much does everything that Facebook already does, allowing users to build their profiles, connect with friends, message each other join groups and more. It's the 17th largest social network today with 100 million active users. To put that in perspective, that's the same number of active users that Pinterest has too.

Twitter Is the Runner Up in Several Countries Across the World

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Twitter is only the 12th largest social network in the world with 326 million active users, but it isn't the number one social network for a single country. Twitter is actually the second most popular social network in a few countries around the world including the UK and parts of Europe, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Japan.

Odnoklassniki Is First for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

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Odnoklassniki is another social network that's popular in Russian territories. In fact, VK and Odnoklassniki have a strong battle against one another and either one of them could take the top spot any time in these territories. Sort of like Facebook, it's meant to be a place where users can connect with old friends and classmates. That platform is highly visual and features lots of photos and video content posted by its users.

Instagram Took Facenama's Place in Iran

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Facenama is basically Iran's version of Facebook and was the number one social network in 2014. Although it doesn't look much like a social network at first glance, for years it was the top choice for connecting online in Iran. Now in 2019, Instagram has taken its place—particularly due to the state censorship toward Facebook.

Facebook Rules the Rest of the World

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Surprise, surprise! Facebook is number one in almost every other country that had social networking data to measure. The world's largest social network had a whopping 2.271 billion monthly active users as of January 2019. It will be interesting to see how long Facebook holds the top spot worldwide. Could it be years? Decades? Or longer than that? Only time will tell. For now, though, it's the big one to beat.

Article updated by: Elise Moreau