Social networks distribution

Posted on:July 05 2007

Just found a nice map of the distribution of social networking websites over the world, such as orkut, myspace, or studivz.

Too bad it doesn't include their business brother pages such as xing or linkedin. But it is interesting anyway. For example I didn't know that orkut is only dominant in brazil and india now, once I had an account there too. And interesting that studivz is listed in Austria and Germany as primary social network page, although it is only intended to be used by (ex)students. (Yep, I have an account there too, add me if you like.)


Interesting info.
I'm from Ukraine and I accept -- a lot of us uses LJ (LiveJournal). Also if we take 100% of all us who using some instant messenger -- it will be 90-95% ICQ...... and 5-10% is all other like Skype, MSN, Yahoo, AIM etc. Also IRC networks popular enough.
2007-07-05 17:00:00

This map seems correct even though I would have thought it could not be that simple.

It's true, we french mostly use skyblog (over 2 million blogs for a 60-million country) and myspace still stays the first in the USA.
2007-07-05 17:04:00

In a way it's sad that social networks are quite so partitioned like this. There's also XBox Live, PS3 Home etc which require more duplicate accounts. I got fed up with trying to keep up with them all and just stick to my LinkedIn account now. Once we have social networks that interoperate and are as universal as email, I think they'll be far more useful.
2007-07-05 18:00:00

I hope you know all the security problems with StudiVZ? Guess your account is already hacked... Probably the others also have such problems, but StudiVZ made their best to become discredited.
2007-07-05 18:12:00

yep, heard of this, but what would they do with my account? There nothing interesting :)
2007-07-05 18:44:00

Little edit there, orkut is dominant in brazil, india and pakistan too. I am a pakistani too and most ppl here use either msn or they use orkut.
Umar Nizamani
2007-07-05 20:59:00

im using schülerVZ i think its nearly the same as StudiVZ

btw: im from germany

2007-07-05 21:13:00

Steve, even more sad is the big gray area in Africa and many Muslim states. Though I don't know the metrics they used to determine the country colour, as I don't believe no one is using anything in Sweden and Finland for instance. My social network I'm ensnared in is probably IRC/ICQ, how very Web 1.0 ;)
2007-07-05 23:09:00

"although it is only intended to be used by (ex)students"
Isn't "student" english for "Student" AND "Schüler"? Shouldn't non-germans be confused now? ;)

All this centralistic social nonsense is killing the whole point of the internet. You all have no taste and should be ashame. ;) (this is about myspace. people complained about censorship there... i dont know anything about other "social" websites.)
2007-07-06 11:16:00

haffax ,

I guess GREY color shows only that places hasn't focused come 1 network. Indeed am using ICQ, MSN, Yahoo and IRC (all the time) BUT, I can say that ICQ is most popular in my country (ICQ is leader of messangers in my country). But in Africa and other grey continents there is no leader-messenger.... so all are in use same.
2007-07-06 16:14:00

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