Which social networks do you use most frequently in Windows Phone?

Social Networks

We're fairly sociable as human beings. Mobile phones paved new ways to communicate without wires, far extending the reaches of walkie-talkies and the like. Pulling up the aerial on the brick and making a call was a luxury, but in 2014 almost everyone has a mobile device, be it a smartphone or feature phone. Social networks have also evolved from the personal computer to include mobile devices.

Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile each had apps and light-level integration with social networks, enabling consumers to connect and remain in touch with friends and family, even when not at home. This was a perfect way to add yet more functionality to the phone without having to bloat down the operating system. Times have changed, though. People want even more functionality and features.

When Microsoft released Windows Phone back in 2010, it was the only platform at the time (and still is to a certain degree) to sport true integration with social networks. I say true integration by ways of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all available at the core level without the requirement for respective apps to be fired up each and every time you wish to connect. This made Windows Phone powerful in the social realm.

Social Networks

But with these social networks came the battle to become the more frequently used option. This entirely (or rather yet, mostly) boils down to which one you prefer on a personal level, as well as what you immediately require in terms of functionality. Each social network of today provides separate features and reach. An interesting tidbit: do you know what term is given to someone who hops between social networks? "Butterflying".

Other networks have been added over time and while they're not directly integrated into the OS, we'll include them in this discussion for arguments sake. 

  • Twitter: micro-blogging platform, perfect for ranting, connecting, news and light discussions. 
  • Facebook: the home of friends and family with the ability to remain in contact with lost friends and play Candy Crush.
  • LinkedIn: the business hub of the Internet with employees and companies listed for viewing.
  • Instagram: for photo fanatics and those who just can't resist taking 'selfies' and publishing to the world.

Social Networks

With Windows Phone 8.1 just around the corner (unless you're rocking the Preview) and social networks adding more features through each official app release, it's an interesting time to be connected to friends and acquaintances through a series of tubes. The People Hub in Windows Phone provides a sweet way to remain updated with the more popular networks, namely Facebook and Twitter.

You can not only receive notifications through the Me Tile for when someone contacts you on either service (or connects via photo tagging, etc) but also see everything in an aggregated view. This is a perfect solution to "butterflying" between multiple networks to stalk your prey... I mean friends. You then have other services such as Reddit, Google and YouTube. The sky's the limit – quite literally. But how can these networks improve with Windows Phone?

Which social network(s) do you use most on your Windows Phone? Sound off your thoughts in the comments, as well as how you'd like to see such services evolve in the near future.



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keifwoki says:

Facebook... Occasionally Twitter.... That is all...

chaduma says:

With either unattended betas, basic web wrappers, or feature lacking official apps that never seem to catch up to ios/android versions... Facebook and (a distant second) Twitter are about the only viable options.
Unless you like the 3rd party renditions or actually make use of the site on our phones.

Micah Dawson says:

I haven't used facebook as much in the past year.

For me it is instagram, twitter and tumblr and vine.

keifwoki says:

Oops, sorry forgot Rudy.... 6tag ;)

marantaz says:

Someone always has to make it about ' not enough aps '... boring.

chmun77 says:

Likewise. But I prefer using the Facebook app rather than the crippled People Hub.

keifwoki says:

People hub had so much potential... But it did need alot of work.

Extraneus says:

Same for me; never saw the point of twitter or instagram. Occasional discussions on various fora of interest too...

Cormango says:

People hub on windows phone 8.1 isn't much different than before. I use it more now actually because it has more features and what it doesn't have launches the app automatically.

Me too Facebook, and for twitter i dont even have the app !!!

ravi.tandon says:

Exact, same usage. Plus WPCentral social NW in comments section :)

Life Artist says:

1 Instagram. 2 Facebook. 3 Twitter.

Dean Lewis says:

I feel like I should reply to you in pinyin, lol! Who uses QQ anymore? Surely everyone's on WeChat (Weixin).

Abhishek P says:

WhatsApp(not sure if applicable here)

Micah Dawson says:

WhatsApp is not a social network so much as just a modern Way to text.

jaywinjv says:

WhatsApp is a way of life.

Extraneus says:

Depends on the size of your group chats... ;-)

matro says:

you could say the same for any social network: they are all a modern way to text (communicate).

Abhishek P says:

Dude, in India
WhatsApp is a way of life

AnubhavSingh says:

Facebook :) but I DONT play candy crush!

marantaz says:

Is that like being a Brony?

S Vaibhav says:

+620 for those who don't play candy crush! I don't! And I never will.

Tareq Mehyar says:

What does +620 means,sorry I'm new here,is it that your phone is 620?and where does it sits in you're comment?

mswindows101 says:

It's like saying I agree with your comment to the 620th degree,or 620 % so to speak.. It can correlate to the device you own.. I usually say +1520 ,or +920 that's the phones I have.. However I've said +2520 even though I don't have one,I have a Surface.. But the higher number shows stronger agreement.

Tareq Mehyar says:

So if I have a 520 my argument is invalid:D lol ,so it works both ways ,the phone you're having and the level of your agreement.thanks my man :)

mswindows101 says:

Lol.. Yes,you can look at it that way too. +520 I got my brother one for Christmas. I almost got myself one too,just because. lol

Devogod says:

+ICON. wait. That doesn't work out well for me so well. it'll have to be +929 for me, even though that's not the phones real name.

THE_Lawnboy says:

It's a commandeering of Google's +1 mode of "liking" something on their Google+ network and making it much better by using your phone's model number.

Makxi says:

Unfortunately fb :)

ahmedjan87 says:

None I'm a forever alone

lexus232 says:

I can be your friend

yehuda92 says:

Facebook and Twitter... Thats actually about it... none of the other services have given me a compelling reason to join.

None. I'm now an adult. One of the not so many who when they leave highschool... Actually "leave" HS. Lol. Losers

I'm just heavily opinionated. But I actually don't like replies so kind of a reverse troll I suppose. Thats really how I feel anyways... Social networking is nothing but drama. I know it's good for family. But texting is simple enough. Personal. If you want to be stalked be my guest

adrian1338 says:

Guess you just didnt figure out how to use it properly than. Maybe when you mature more in your adulthood

Now your trolling. Others have drama. I'm a Virgo.... Dislike drama very much and go to extremes to stay away.

psychotron says:

Absolutely feel the same way. I figure the people who really give a shit about me (and vice versa) already have my phone number and can text or call if they feel like there's something really important they need to let me know.

keifwoki says:

Remember the days when family used to get together and pass around photos (yes ones you had to wait a week to get developed) of a holiday somebody went on? Or scrolling through a phonebook hoping your friend is listed because you left his house shitfaced and can't remember how to get back?
There are so many positive uses for Facebook that some people take for granted.
The only negatives are immature people, in or just left school people, or people with no friends or family who fail to use it as this useful tool..
If friends annoy you on fb, they probably annoy you in real life too, so... Unfriend them! if you bump into them somewhere afterwards and they confront you about it, tell them they're posts are fucking annoying! Problem solved ;)

I feel the same way I barely want to check email much less wade thru random pointless posts. I barely use xbl's social services

Pappa Ed says:

Twitter and Instagram.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. But now the Me tile is basically dead in 8.1. Sad to see it go. If only people saw beauty in the design of windows phone 7/8. Its funny that in the race to be relevant, we can't have nice things.

andresalviar says:

That's true! Yikes, I didn't realize that.. anyway, I think it could be saved by giving it special and new capabilities :)

adrian1338 says:

At the moment Facebook and Twitter but the Facebook Integration is so badly castrated especially with the chat functionality that it just turns me off on WP right now

SRoshan143 says:

All... :P LinkedIn a little less than the others.

Facebook, Twitter and Tapatalk

Diniy Moktar says:

For sure Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These three social networking sites help me to keep update with the news as it is faster than waiting news on the TV. Besides I love to share my edited photos on Instagram. But that doesn't mean that I am not well aware with surrounding. I prefer to be social on reality and virtual.

Apuokenas says:

Which G+ client do you use?

DreamerUP says:

WhatsApp. Though not mentioned

DJCBS says:

Because it's a messaging app, not a social network ;)

Hola Amigos says:


MilkyTee says:

If reddit counts, then that, by a long mile.

ahmedjan87 says:

Don't forget 4chan

/g/ tard reporting in

ahmedjan87 says:

/b/ fag reporting in

Rules 1 and 2 idiot.

vivekkmr911 says:

why we can't chat on facebook in WP8.1 as we do in WP8 from default massage app

sip1995 says:

Cuz facebook want us to chat via its "Messenger app"

sip1995 says:

Facebook and instagram.

raphok says:

Instagram > Twitter > Facebook

Whatsapp > FB messenger > Skype

Warbler says:

Twitter, the only social network with an usable app on wp

If you ignore instagram, facebook and vine and alter the meaning of usable then yeah. It's the only one

arunsandeep says:

Facebook, twitter, instagram...I would really like to see Me tile in 8.1 showing updates again

rockstarzzz says:

This. The article is flawed in that sense as it makes the reader think ME tile is ultra cool. It isn't. Digital networking sucks on WP8.1, while everyone finds Xbox Music limiting, WP a phone once designed around you is now a glorified app launcher with blocks.

leroytorner says:

Yes, the Me Tile is dead in WP 8.1. And SN client apps are unusable now. Twitter forgot the app in WP. And still can't open links from SN directly in his clients.

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DJCBS says:

Facebook to keep in touch with friends, specially those who are far.
Twitter for fast access to news.
Instagram for the photos.

I don't much care for deep social integration on the phone though. I've removed the Me tile from the start screen with 8.1 because of the removal of update posting to several social networks. To open an app to do it I rather have the app tile (or use Multishare).
I like the quick access to social sharing in apps and the browser though.

ZvjerOPC says:

Twitter only.

oseansaditya says:

Path, with integration to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and tmblr

Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram

maxblancoj says:

Twitter and instagram.

RaRa85 says:

Instagram about every day followed by Facebook and then Twitter and Flickr tied up at third.

Osmosics says:

None! I like my privacy ;-)

dov1978 says:

Facebook and Twitter but only if I'm away from my iPad because the WP versions are terrible

RichardBurt says:

Facebook messaging and Vkontakte (VK) messaging only.

To find out what people are posting I wait till I'm in front of a bigger screen.

lexus232 says:

Chatting with those Eastern European girls mate?

Twitter, WhatsApp and Skype.

Nakazul says:

Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp. Used to use Facebook more but since the death oh hubs it also killed my usage.

Facebook, twitter, instagram & Nearby(WNM Live). Nearby >>)Nokia Lumia group) is the best place to get support about ur WP from the users experience themselves ;)

Lu520 says:

Twitter Twitter Twitter

mrshots says:

Instagram foreva. What's the point of a 1520 if people don't see the pics?

imkulko says:

I'm god u'll find me everywhere...:D;)ha ha ha

Why Not says:

Or nowhere because you're just a fairy tale :D

ChaddieBoi3 says:

Twitter everyday!

sqlchicken says:

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram here. LinkedIn if what I'm sharing is work relevant.

saahil687 says:

Instagram, 6snap, wpcentral, facebook, whatsapp..........

ashutn says:

Mostly Twitter n Instagram, sometimes FB

cdb033 says:

After losing the full integration of facebook... I rarely post or surf it. The app is a pain to me. Twitter is what I use a lot not.

BigData says:

FB & Instagram (via 6tag)

erzhik says:

Vkontakte (even though it's not built it).

dysje says:

The new VK app and its people hub integration is an example to all others. It is absolutely lightyears ahead of facebook and any other social app. It's also the only thing I use nowadays. Facebook is boring and uninteresting, mostly due to my lack of interest in pretty much anyone and twitter... Well, that's pretty much 99% bots and RSS feeds. Weave so much better for that and I have yet to see the first interesting post by anyone there.

Haha.... Nope. Nothing at all.

Instagram (official)
Vine (official)
Facebook (official)
Twitter (official)

Anything else is irrelevant (to me)

AndyM72 says:

Just Facebook, hence the Me tile was always a bit redundant for me.

Iulian Popa says:

Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare but definitely the apps I use the most are Tapatalk and Nextgen Reader

Rami Hammami says:


marantaz says:

I'm anti social

V Turk says:

Facebook, twitter and instagram

grandmalfunk says:

FB, Instagram and Whatsapp.

DarwinPurol says:

Heavy user of foirsquare, and twitter

tw1st3d83 says:

facebook and google+... more google+ than facebook...

Instagram and twitter

Dean Lewis says:

While I appreciated the previous core WP7/8 Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn core integration the experience with their respective apps was terrible - the integration only compensated for how bad the apps were. Remember the Facebook app back in Windows Phone 7.5? TERRIBLE! Nice idea, very poorly implemented and set it back, still chasing iOS & Android just because Microsoft wanted to make the Facebook app themselves.

el-ojo says:

None, i have no social life

Facebook has always been weird for me. I prefer twitter and instagram (and rarely use 6tag anymore, just the official app...please don't kill me)

Memristor says:

Untappd and facebook

IceDree says:

Twitter, sometimes Instagram & Tumblr

psychotron says:

None. I have better things to do than browse other peoples drama.

Why Not says:

Try posting your own drama then?

keifwoki says:

Delete the attention seeking drama queens... They will learn!

Yugiro says:

I used to be a frequent twitter user since the beginning of Twitter because of getting quick and shirt message, news, updates and stuff. But now I rarely use Twitter to the extent that I dont open it for weeks or month now. I still use Facebook though mostly the messaging app to have contacts with friends and family in other places. But my use of Facebook also lessens as the time goes. I used Instagram regularly because of interesting photos and the I like showing off the power of my Lumia camera. So far, I am more frequent with Instagram than any other social media apps.

Heav3n says:

Twitter FTW and LinkedIn, rarely FB

panesar7 says:

Twitter! Fb not so much.

I use friendster and msn messenger. lol

facebook-once in every 10 minues. LinkedIn- once in 2 days ,

twitter-once in 5 days , instagram -once in 10 days, .... :)

dxtr says:

During the World Cup, definitely Twitter. I use GroupMe alot too.

Jf.Vigor says:

I use groupme loads altho that's a social app, not a social network

Facebook and occasionally Instagram.

dreonedon says:

Twitter,F.b,IG in that order!

anandv427 says:

Facebook... WhatsApp...6tag...

AzmoD3uS says:

i must admit, it's facebook for me. Some IG and twitter as well.

Koen Geerts says:

Facebook, twitter and whatsapp. I deleted instagram bc it made me depressive. I want to delete fb as well, but it's my only means of communication with friends who live abroad.

otaku66 says:

I know that's weird but the facebook account is not showing on my email and accout settings after upgrading to Windows phone 8.1 black. Do Yu Gus notice that or I have an issue.

keifwoki says:

The fb, Twitter account integration is no more in 8.1... =no me tile feeds, or photo feeds etc... We have app integration instead now... We just have to wait for developers to utilize the changes and take advantage of new ways to integrate...

NH3MAN says:

Since 8.1 Twitter no longer comes up when I want to share. Tried everything and still can't get it to come up although I can share to twitter through Unishare. And include me that 8.1 sucks compared to the old way FB and Twitter were integrated and I truly miss the Me tile as its useless now.

NIST says:

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, instagram, Tumblr in that order. I'm a social slut.

Aquib14 says:

Its "tumblr" :-P

Akssingh says:

Facebook....like most of the world does.....but it was mentioned in post that one could see all notifications from me tile-that being true for WP 8 only now it can't be said anymore ...sadly

keifwoki says:

Now we can see any useful notifications by swiping down from the top ;) no wading through bs... As apps give more options for what to notify you of, I think this should serve the same purpose as the me tile feeds...

voodooc17 says:

I use LinkedIn alot, I wish they would update the app. It was awesome when it came out, now its clunky

Aquib14 says:

Is there any good Quora app???

Obviously Facebook and twitter as well.

Why Not says:

Skype. Ik fml.

ScubaDog says:

You do NOT get notifications anymore in the Me Tile.  In fact, because of WP8.1, the Me Tile is virtually useless.  I use to post to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn simultaneously via the Me Tile.  Now I have to use a third-party app to do it.  It's just sickening how badly Microsoft has screwed up the OS.

Jf.Vigor says:

Its not screwed up. It just doesn't work the way you want it to work lol

keifwoki says:

Give time to add more notification options in apps and our me tile feeds will basically be part of the notifications pull down I think...
But I think MS still needs to add tick boxes in the "share to" page to select multiple SN's

1berto says:

Facebook and Instagram
Also, Tapatalk for some online Community.

Jf.Vigor says:

Facebook is boring to me of late. Instagram memes are hilarious. And I like the daily themes like mcm, tbt, wcw, etc. I check twitter for news on artists and ign/wpcentral. I used snap chat then stopped. Idk if that's considered a social network. Probably not .

EssThree says:

With its stories and shared stories features I'd say Snapchat has become a social network.

I use it more than anything now. I've stopped uploading pictures to Facebook and deleted my Instagram completely. Same deal with Twitter, my use of it dropped off with my increase of Snapchat use, so I deleted it too. My professional life is in a weird place at the moment, so I find that I don't need LinkedIn, so I deleted that too haha.

I still use Facebook for chat with people who don't have Snapchat, but more and more people are migrating every week so it's only a matter of time for my FB account.

Thank Rudy for 6snap!


Facebook (beta) and Instagram (6Tag).

One thing im surprised Microsoft hasnt done this add xbl friends list to people hub & xbl messaging to the messaging/email app & put shortcuts to these new locations in the games hub

Facebook here. I have a Twitter account, but I barely ever use it anymore. I only do LinkedIn on my computers and haven't used Instagram in ages but have it installed only on my 920 (which I haven't used since March).

Tirinti says:

I use a little bit of LinkedIn but unfortunately it is less and less business and more and more spam.

I use Facebook, sometimes OneLove to share to Twitter and LinkedIn which I occasionally use.

7mange3 says:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram(6tag) and Vine(6sec). Would love to see Instagram and and Vine in Peoples Hub. I hope Microsoft keep the "onefeed" in WP. 80% of my use is related to the social network part...

Wow, I guess nobody wrote Ekşisözlük.
Guess I'm the only Turkish guy here :P

mbharat999 says:

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, occasionally.

ericjojo says:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Beta (and sometimes 6tag) and Whatsapp. Hardly every use Viber and WeChat though I have the two installed

It would be instagram but the apps suck too much.

DarrenSproat says:

Have you used 6tag?
Awesome Instagram app...

keifwoki says:

6tag... Search for it now!!

YaDumb says:

Occasionally Facebook but mostly 6snap and 6tag (no official instagram app, yuck). The Tumblr app is nice to have but is so far behind the iOS app that I hardly use it.

Keith Brooks says:

I use Twitter and Facebook. I almost never post anything. I just follow people due to the security risk's out there now.

ryuh3d says:

I rarely post to social networks.

My number one social tool is the people hub with just Twitter (Facebook unchecked).

I use the Facebook app to consume Facebook.

Beckie Evans says:

I would prefer to use google+ or path. I think they're both better thought out and presented than facebook, and more useful too. But everyone I know is on facebook almost exclusively. Sadly, the social networks you use are often dictated by where your friends are. Though I do have a blog on tumblr, but partially precisely because no one i know is on there.

sumton says:

Twitter >  instagram > facebook

bradm77 says:

I use Instagram (via 6Tag) exclueively for pictures, because I can have 6tag port those photos over to Twitter and Facebook automatically.


Aside from that, I am 70% facebook mand 30% Twitter fort status updates, etc

DarrenSproat says:

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook... In that order. :)

FB, Twitter, Instagram (6Tag) and I would use google+ if there was a decent app. There's not....

simmomelb says:

Live on Instagram and WhatsApp, plus some twitter.

purevibz says:

Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and instagram.

Eric Arc says:

What if I don't use any social network at all?

simmomelb says:

Then you probably have a lot more "real" friends than the rest of us, that's a good thing.

Twitter! I deactivated my Facebook account years ago!

Facebook and Twitter accounts

dinod says:

I REALLY like WPs People Hub simplicity, but I would really like G+ integration.