Everyone loves to be social, at least on the internet. That is probably the reason social networking sites like facebook, youtube, twitter are taking the world by storm. Although they have successfully won the trial against time (yes, I am looking at you Orkut), a new generation of social media platforms is here to surprise us.

Here I am with a list of 5 social media platforms that are going to give a whole new definition to the internet.

          1. Instagram

The worst part of not being on Instagram is that you won’t get to know what your buddies are having for breakfast. This is the place where people love to store precious memories of their life, all of them need not be relevant though (jk). It enables its users to upload photos and videos (60 seconds long) publicly or privately.

Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. It was launched as a free app in the October of 2010. The app managed to gain 300 million active users by December 2014. This feat was appreciated by Facebook and it bought the app for 1 billion US dollar in cash and stocks.

          2. Snapchat

Snapchat was created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown in September 2011.

The initial name was ‘Picaboo’ that originated as a project for one of Spiegel’s classes at Stanford University. They eventually adopted the name ‘Snapchat’.

“Picaboo me!” just don’t sound right. I am glad they decided to think over the name.

The app gained popularity cause of its unique feature that deletes the images after a certain time. The sender can set the time and also apply filters to make the image livelier. Thanks to the filters, he rainbow vomit came into existence.

          3. Pintrest

Pinterest is a photo sharing website that was founded by Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp, and Ben Silbermann in March 2010. It allows its users to save images and categorize them accordingly. The site also added a video player that allows the users to upload videos and store clip of any length straight to the site.

The company was named the best new startup of 2011 by TechCrunch. It shelters an astounding 70+ million users, even acquiring the team behind Instapaper.

          4.  Tumblr (stylized on its home page as tumblr.)

One of the heavyweights of the social networking sites that made its debut back in 2007. The site acts as a microblogging site that allows its users to upload multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.

David karp decided to form Tumblr after none of the established blogging sites were introducing tumblelogs, something David is quite fond of. So he teamed up with developer Marco Arment and decided to form Tumblr, paradise for lazy bloggers. (haha…I got you!! Microblogging ain’t for lazy ones, it is for creative ones)

Tumblr  is home to 312.2 million blogs and hosts 555 million monthly visitors.

          5.  LinkedIn (stylised as Linked in)

Now after going through all the social networks that is based on sharing media, here is the last (but not the least) name on this list. LinkedIn is a business oriented social networking sites. It is based on social networking.

Linked In made headlines this year after Microsoft announced to acquire it for freaking $26.2 billion.

Reid Hoffman and founding team members from PayPal and Socialnet.com are behind the inception of Linked In. By 2006, it had 20 million users. After seven years of its inception, they opened their international headquarter in Dublin.

The induction of economic graph has helped the company to research several topics on the job market, including popular destination cities of recent college graduates areas with high concentrations of technology skills.

– Anushree Dey (Jharkhand)