Businesses all over the world are only concerned with the renowned and established social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. But there are a number of new social networking sites which are fast emerging and poised to become the next big thing. To stay ahead in the race, one must keep an eye on the emerging social networks too. In case you are still wondering, we are not talking about Tumblr and Instagram here and we are not even suggesting that in the coming days Facebook will lose its sheen. However, we feel one should take note of the following 3 emerging social networks.
Many Medium is more like Twitter but on the contrary it is actually a blogging site. Here one can share news, ideas and stories. The Medium has always maintained that on any given day it prefers quality over quantity which is a noble effort in this digital age. People are invited to write a blog which gets published on the homepage or on one of the many other pages. The position of the post on the page is entirely dependent on the number of vote it receives. The design of Medium is the USP as it is nice, clean and easy to the eye. Any person with a Twitter account can vote on the posts but in order to write something you must have an invite from Medium.
This is basically an iPhone application where users can post secrets. These secrets are known as whispers and they look like an online postcard. The good thing is that all these posts are anonymous. The other users can respond to the post and leave whispers and messages. The application has become very popular among college students and it has received a tremendous boost in way of a funding of $3 million. In fact many experts have said that Whisper would be the next big thing in the networking world. As per statistics the site already boasts of 8 million whispers and around 1 million users.
3) Sina Weibo
This is commonly known as China’s answer to Twitter and it has more than double the users of Twitter. The site has received a tremendous boost when fast food giant, Pizza Hut, decided to embrace the site followed by a host of celebrities like Tom Cruise. He has more than 4 million followers on Sina Weibo. The Weibo is also available in a US version but since it is mainly in Mandarin Chinese, it may not have many takers in the long run. The Transfluencer is a very popular service as it helps the American brands post on Weibo. Around 22% of the population of China uses Weibo considering the population of that country that amounts to a huge amount of people.
The 3 above-mentioned social sites can change the future of Facebook and Twitter but the impact is still a couple of years away. Some people and companies will try to remain loyal to Facebook but with the growing popularity of the emerging sites, there is every possibility of a revolution in the social networking world.