Which social media platforms should I be on?

Friday, 12 July, 2019

Unless you’re a teenager, social media platforms may seem confusing.

There’s a new lexicon of acronym-laden jargon to learn, a variety of incompatible interfaces and apps to install, and a need to build a presence from nothing.

On top of this, there are hundreds of competing social media platforms in existence.

Some are specific to a particular industry (ShareTheMusic), pastime (WriteAPrisoner) or personal persuasion (Grindr).

While the above examples may be ignored by anyone who doesn’t enjoy very specific proclivities, many social media platforms have become ubiquitous.

Conversely, others have withered on the vine, due to a lack of either investment, publicity or public enthusiasm.

Examples include Google+, Friends Reunited and Myspace – the latter a Facebook precursor, and the graveyard of a thousand band microsites.

The best social platforms

These are some of the platforms where having a registered account can be interesting and occasionally advantageous:

LinkedIn. Surprised to see career platform LinkedIn on our list? You shouldn’t be.

Most UK adults have a LinkedIn profile, making this a great way to connect with old colleagues and classmates, as well as establishing new contacts or business opportunities.

YouTube. Creating a Google account gives you access to the world’s second-biggest search engine, where five billion videos are watched on a daily basis.

As with other sites on our list, you’ll have to register to view certain content or leave comments. YouTube’s wealth of free content is well worth subscribing for, though.

Instagram. Rival site Flickr has many advocates, but it lacks the ubiquity of Instagram – a world-leading photo and video sharing site.

A simple interface and largely positive community ethos make Instagram a welcome antidote to the bear-pit nature of its parent website, Facebook.

Facebook. As the world’s biggest and best-known social media platform Facebook arguably should have been at the top of our list.

However, its popularity among younger users is plummeting, amid a series of privacy scandals. Facebook hosts valuable community groups, but be careful what you publish.

Twitter. Twitter is an even more bellicose platform than Facebook, notorious for anonymous trolling and political arguments.

Yet celebrities love it, while brands harness it for customer service and communications. As long as you don’t get embroiled in online arguments, Twitter fulfils a unique role.

Reddit. Effectively a long-form version of Twitter, microblogging site Reddit is a useful resource where experts post information and discuss all sorts of topics.

The site navigation is initially unintuitive, but a peer voting system prevents much of the trolling and spamming witnessed on other sites. Reddit is more heavily moderated, too.

Pinterest. Originally intended to be the digital equivalent of a pin board, Pinterest lets users save and share photos and videos.

It’s a great place for sharing design ideas and gaining inspiration for a forthcoming project or event. Many brides have based their wedding plans around publicly-shared Pinterest boards.

Neil Cumins author picture


Neil is an expert tech writer. He's written hundreds of guides on all things broadband!

News What's the story?

Keep up with the latest developments in UK broadband.

UK 5G network goes live – are you up to speed?

Here's everything you need to know about the new mobile broadband network.

UK 5G network goes live – are you up to speed? Read more

TalkTalk offers exclusive £80 reward to new fibre customers

The huge bonus is available to anyone signing up for a 'Faster Fibre' bundle through BroadbandDeals.co.uk

Read more

TikTok ‘gifts’ empty kids piggy banks

Children are most vulnerable to 'influencer' donation pleas

Read more

Netflix ruins 90’s cartoon, enrages internet

The streaming giant came in for criticism for 'straightwashing' Japanese cult classic anime.

Read more

Porn-block pushed back by clerical errors

Further delays to the child-protection measure, with the process mocked as an 'utter shambles'.

Read more

How to watch Wimbledon online for free

How to make sure you don't miss out on the action from your favourite sports stars.

How to watch Wimbledon online for free Read more

Fast fines for ISPs could end the “Loyalty Penalty”

But could the proposed measures mean worse deals for those who shop around?

Read more

Boris Johnson mocks full-fibre roll-out plans

The likely next PM boasts plans to beat current targets by 8 years, but is it all just hot air?

Read more

Broadband and phone companies to put Fairness first

Telecoms providers commit to raising standards.

Read more

UK to get legal right to decent and affordable broadband

New legislation will ensure minimum speeds for every UK household.

Read more

GDPR – One year on

The landmark legislation gave people the ‘right to know’ when their data had been hacked.

Read more

Help Learn with us

Make the most of the internet with our broadband library.

How to childproof your home broadband

How to childproof your home broadband Read more

Why Ofcom’s USO is more than pie in the sky

Read more

Protecting your small business against cyber attacks

Read more

Could 5G end fixed-line home broadband?

Read more

How broadband availability varies across the UK

Read more

Which social media platforms should I be on?

Read more

Will you get online on holiday?

Stay connected during your get-away.

Will you get online on holiday? Read more

Make the most of your broadband overnight

Read more

The main causes of slow internet connections

Slow broadband can be more than just an irritant - but what causes it, and what can we do to fight back?

Read more

Do you need to ramp up your broadband controls?

Read more

The different types of home computer

Read more
Back To Top