Social Networking Stats: Teens Prefer Instagram Over Facebook, #RLTM Scoreboard

The #RLTM Scoreboard: Social Networking Stats for the Week

Facebook: 1.23 billion monthly active users via Facebook
YouTube over 1 billion monthly unique users via YouTube
Twitter: 241 million monthly active users via re/code
Qzone: 599 million monthly active users via TechCrunch
Sina Weibo: over 500 million users via The Next Web
Renren: over 170 million users via iResearch iUser Tracker
VK: over 230 million registered accounts via VK
LinkedIn: 259 million active users via LinkedIn
Google Plus: 343 million monthly active users via GlobalWebIndex
Tumblr: 180 million blogs via Tumblr
Instagram: 200 million users via Instagram
Vine: 40 million registered users via Vine
Tagged: 20 million unique monthly users via Tagged
Foursquare: 45 million users via TechCrunch
Pinterest: 70 million users via The Next Web
Reddit: 114 million monthly unique visitors via Reddit
WhatsApp: 450 million users via Facebook
SnapChat:  ???? via TechCrunch

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Teens Prefer Instagram Over Facebook, Twitter

Instagram is preferred social network for teenscInstagram is on the rise as the favorite social network for teens, but this increased popularity is coming at Facebook and Twitter’s expense, according to new data from Piper Jaffray. This was the first time in the survey’s history that Instagram outranked Facebook and Twitter as the most important social network for this demographic.

One year ago, Facebook was the preferred social network for teens, listed as the most important social platform by 33% of those surveyed. Then six months ago, Twitter moved into first place as the favored social network of 31% of teens, while Facebook dropped to 27%.

Now, Instagram has moved into first place, with 30% of teens choosing the photo-sharing mobile social network as most important. Twitter dropped to 27% and Facebook fell to 23% over the last six months.

Top Social Network Among Teens - Piper Jaffray

This data provides further evidence that Facebook is losing its appeal among teens – but given that Instagram is a Facebook-owned property, looks like the social networking giant will maintain a strong presence with this demographic.

One other interesting fact from the study: a whopping 85% of teen gamers play mobile games (that’s a lot of gaming.)

Piper Jaffray’s semi-annual survey, Taking Stock With Teens, was published Tuesday (April 9th). It should be noted that respondents consisted of upper-income and average-income teens in the US (lower-income teens were not included). Around 5,000 teens (average age: 16.4) were surveyed about fashion, video games, Apple products, and social networks.