Top 10 Social Networking Websites of 2012

Six weeks into 2012, and we already have two newcomers (Pinterest and Google+) to the Top Social Networking sites of 2012.

Looking back at the Top 10 Social Networking Websites of 2010 at this time last year Myspace still had a 6% market share, where now it’s been treading water for the past 12 months, with no signs of ever returning to it’s glory days of 2007. With the roll out of Facebook Timeline late last year, Myspace has since refocused on music and incorporated Facebook as a way to sign in and share.

Techcrunch points out that the site has gone from 900,000 to 1.6 million monthly active users in a month. These 700,000 new users appear to be the majority of the 1 million registrants that the company has said it has gained since launching the new music player roughly two months ago in December.

Hot image-pinning site Pinterest has proven to be a natural fit with Timeline, since the site is entirely oriented around scrapbooking anyway. Sticking Pinterest items in a Timeline has helped get it nearly 10 million monthly and 2 million daily active users on the site — both numbers are close to doubling from a month ago, AppData shows.

top social networks in 2012

Don’t write off Google+ just yet — compared to Facebook’s early days, its growth is meteoric.

It took Facebook nearly a year to reach a million users and more than four years to reach 100 million. It took Google+ about two weeks to reach 10 million, and less than a year to reach 100 million. Paul Allen, the “unofficial” statistician for Google+ and founder of Ancestry.com, says Google+ could reach 400 million users by the end of the year.

Google+ growth chart

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