Five of the ten biggest social networks in the world come from China.
Facebook is the world’s largest social network, but to appreciate its feat, we also need to know how other social networks across the world fare against it. China appears to make the most of this fairly new industry, as it gave birth to half of the top ten largest social networks worldwide.
As of July 2013, five of the ten biggest social networks in the world come from China: QQ, Qzone, RenRen, Youku Tudou, and Sina Weibo. Tencent, the largest Internet company in China, owns QQ and Qzone. RenRen, a blogging site similar to Qzone, comes with features similar to Facebook. Youku Tudou, the largest online video streaming site in China, is the direct competitor of YouTube. Sina Weibo, a microblogging platform, is the Twitter counterpart from China.
The 10 Biggest Social Networking Sites in the World (ranked by active users, July 2013)
1. Facebook – 701 million
2. Qzone – 611 million
3. QQ – 500 million
4. Google+ – 359 million
5. YouTube – 300 million
6. Twitter – 297 million
7. RenRen – 184 million
8. Youku Tudou – 170 million
9. LinkedIn – 160 million
10. Sina Weibo – 46 million
If the numbers of users for those Chinese social networks look amazing, think about the result of impending partnerships, as China appears so enthusiastic to take hold of more users against the predominantly English-speaking countries. Youku Tudou and Sina Weibo signed a deal last month to promote each other and allow Sina Weibo to gain access to the Youku Tudou video library. In addition, Sina Weibo has enabled Facebook availability in Hong Kong and Taiwan to allow users in those areas to cross-post status updates and multimedia content to Facebook through the new Facebook Graph API.
China forbids the use of Facebook, Twitter, and a number of other Internet services. If China will decide to loosen up its laws, it will spur curiosity to see the number of users Facebook can steal from QQ, Qzone, and RenRen.
Other notable mentions are Myspace, with 30 million active users, Pinterest, with 20 million active users, We Heart It, a photo-based social network with 20 million active users, and Foursquare, with 8 million active users. According to Business Insider, the number of users continues to drop for Tumblr, as sources estimate it at around 30 million.
Facebook-owned Instagram, the world’s largest purely mobile social network with 130 million active users, continues with its steady growth rate.
Internet penetration for China stands at 568 million users or 42.3 percent of the total population. The US and the UK have 254 million (81 percent penetration) and 55 million (87 percent penetration), respectively.
Digital marketing firm 8 Million Stories has published a new infographic with all these figures and data from across the Internet.