Facebook is so important that some people would feel like they’re going to have fever convulsions if they can’t get to log on to their accounts in a single day. But experts claim that this popular social media giant will one day be unseated by some cooler site of the same par, yet of a different level of customer-dealing strategies. Which do you think among these will be the one to remove Facebook from the top spot?
The internet is a great place where vibrant and fresh businesses could start. Realizing this, some brilliant, resourceful people founded LinkedIn – a social media site which focuses on the convergence of business-minded people. It grabbed the attention of Microsoft, which bought the company for $26 billion. Once fully revamped by the software giant, it could be the next monumental website that net socialists are waiting for.
Authors: Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly, Jean-Luc Vaillant
Headquarters: Mountain View, California, U.S.A.
Built around the concept of birds vocalizing their tunes into the air, Twitter is a web community that’s impossible to miss. Handling more than a billion search queries a day, it’s one of the most visited virtual places on the planet and has been labeled as the “SMS of the Internet.”
Authors: Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, Evan Williams
Headquarters: San Francisco, California, U.S.A
Google is the leading force in the search engine business inasmuch as it is, in the whole of the internet. It has extended its reach into the social networking game and when it did, it naturally shook the structures of the other great forces there, even the crew of super-giant Facebook, who view Google Plus as a threat to their status. Could G+ really unseat Facebook? The answer remains to be seen.
Authors: Vic Gundotra, David Besbris, Bradley Horowitz
Headquarters: San Diego, California, USA
Exploiting the fact that the world today communicates in visual forms more than ever, the founders of Instagram launched their site to great mass acceptance. With it’s photo/video-sharing capabilities that remain its main attraction to this day, this social media site is in fact a very ideal candidate to be on the top of its niche someday.
Authors: Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger
Headquarters: San Franciso, California, U.S.A.
Mixing social networking with micro-blogging, this one might just be what cyberspace needs should it make good in ushering itself as the next big thing in social networking. Built as a response to issues like censorship and freedom of expression, Gab can make anyone an instant journalist. In this age where information is born more often than human beings are, the need to be heard or read about is an absolute necessity and Gab facilitates it like no other.
Authors: Ekrem Büyükkaya, Andrew Torba
Headquarters: San Mateo, California, U.S.A.
It is a website that is a catalog of ideas according to one of its authors and for that reason, they don’t want it to be labeled as a social networking site. But their users and followers still go to their site for socialization while “pinning-up” pictures, graphics and lately, just any web information that could be consumed by a variety of people. It’s mantra was “go out and do that thing.” So far, the site is doing just that, crawling the internet while giving its pinned-ups to countless netizens in a manner that’s never been witnessed before.
Authors: Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp, and Ben Silbermann
Headquarters: San Franciso, California, U.S.A.
Human curiosity is unquenchable and realizing the hotness of such a concept, 2 former Facebook employees decided to make this unique social site. The mechanism that keeps the site running is quite simple, you just have to ask a question and people will give answers. If you feel like it, you may answer some of the questions there too. Since any activity similar to that is commonplace everywhere, it would sure be still in the net for many generations to come.
Authors: Adam D’Angelo, Charlie Cheever
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
Instead of focusing on posting ‘at the moment’ thoughts of users, Tumblr urges them to blog what they think instead. This is what attracts the site into having 555 million visitors every month. Now owned by Yahoo!, one of the biggest names in the search engine niche and in the whole internet for that matter, this micro-blogging site could fully take over the social media realm in the next years.
Author: David Karp
Headquarters: New York City, U.S.A.
China is now grooming itself to be the next world power, and in the niche of social networking, it has proven that it is also a force to be reckoned with. With a 7th of the total population of Earth at its disposal, Baidu could be in the same level of Facebook today in a different way, or in a better one in the next decades, when China finally becomes the most powerful nation on the planet.
Author: Yu Jun
Headquarters: Zhongguancun, Beijing, China
A Still Uninvented Site
All of the sites here show great promise and potential. They could take over the whole cyberspace or the whole world due to the creativity and addictiveness that they are unleashing. Any of them could be the next big thing. But what if the one who will unseat Facebook is still not invented yet? What if one singular genius is still in the process of concocting his mysterious formula that even the baby-faced Zuckerberg could never fathom in his mind? What could be the possible features of such an amazing site? How far will it reach? How many users will it accumulate in the first few days of its launch? The world awaits, and is very excited to have these questions answered.
Which among these should be ranked as No. 1?