Social media took a long time to be a reality, long after the birth of the dotcom era. This is partly because computers and the internet mainly had professional use. Besides, desktop computers were quite sacred and mainly appeared in offices and home study rooms. The invention of the smartphone brought the idea of social media into reality.
What is social media?
Social media refers to applications and websites that enable users distributed all over the world to create and share text and image and video content or to participate in social networking. Other than being a place to share content, some social media platforms have occupied specific niches (LinkedIn is known to be dominated by professionals).
Facebook is the world’s largest social network with slightly over 2 billion users. Facebook’s audience mainly comprises of people between 13 – 40 years.
How does Facebook help with Internet Business?
Facebook is a great place to put your ads, thanks to the Facebook Promoted Ads program. Facebook is the second largest advertising platform on the internet, just one spot behind Google Adwords.
Twitter is the second largest social network albeit with a smaller user base of 300 million people, mainly young adults aged between 20 to 35 years. Politicians seem to love Twitter, but a huge number of Twitter users are educated youngsters looking for serious topics on which they can contribute their views. As a result, Twitter’s functionality is almost entirely based on hashtags about trending topics.
How does Twitter help in Internet Business?
Twitter Ads work very much like Facebook ads with businesses and individuals being given an opportunity to promote their ads. Twitter has become a place where customer care teams of different brands engage their clients in real time, providing quick customer service and making their customers happy.
Instagram is the place to be if you want to share lots of short videos and pictures. Celebrities appear to have a penchant for Instagram. Research shows teens hang on Instagram almost as long as they do on messaging apps such as Whatsapp and Telegram. Young adults in the age group of 20 – 30 years also claim Instagram as their favorite hangout. Unlike Twitter and Facebook, Instagram is the least used social network by adults in their 40’s and older.
How does Instagram help in Internet Business?
Instagram allows brands to promote their brands on the platform although it hasn’t grown to a point of rivaling Facebook Ads and Twitter Ads. However, Instagram is a great place for business that emphasize on visual content more than anything else.