Social networks are a relatively recent phenomenon in history. It only took us a few years to get used to the new reality and to accept online life as a necessity. Today, we all have online lives on several social networks, and their number is constantly increasing.
The latest network to conquer the world in just a few hours is Threads. This just proves the fact that social networks are a must-have and that we need more.
The first social networks needed more time to reach the first million users because it was something new that people either did not understand, did not find interesting and necessary, or were skeptical… There are many reasons.
But once we accepted the presence of networks and recognized them as a necessity, it was much easier for new networks to build community.
In addition to social networks, many other platforms such as video streaming, music streaming, artificial intelligence, communication, etc. will be mentioned in this article as well.
So, let’s take a look at how long it took the networks to reach a million users:
FACEBOOK – 10 MONTHS
The largest social network in the world took 10 months to reach the first million. Facebook today has almost 3 billion users.
It was Facebook that introduced us to the new online life and started a revolution, both technological and social.
INSTAGRAM – 2.5 MONTHS
Instagram appeared on the market a few years after Facebook and gave users exactly what they needed. Over the years, they have constantly adapted to the needs of their users, which has brought them to the top.
Instagram has 2.35 billion users today.
TIK TOK – UNKNOWN
The company never disclosed that data, but what I can tell you is that the Tiktok application has been downloaded 2 billion times so far and that the network has 1 billion users.
TWITTER – 2 YEARS
Twitter is the winner of the hashtag game. This network created in 2006 has 396.5 million registered users today.
Twitter is currently owned by Elon Musk.
CHAT GTP – 5 DAYS
ChatGPT is the next step in the revolution. It made artificial intelligence closer to everyone more than ever before. It took only 5 days to reach 1 million curious users.
It was released on November 30, 2022 and until today, it gathered 100 million users.
SPOTIFY – 5 MONTHS
The most popular music streaming service took 5 months to reach 1 million users. Today, it’s 517.69 million.
Which song is your number 1?
TELEGRAM – UNKNOWN
But what is known is that this network has 1.068 billion total users and it is the fifth most downloaded social media app.
WHATSAPP – UNKNOWN
With 2.7 billion monthly active users, it ranks first in the list of the most popular global mobile messenger apps.
Fun fact: More than 100 billion messages are sent each day on WhatsApp and the largest audience comes from India.
VIBER – UNKNOWN
Statistically speaking, 16.25% of the world’s population uses Viber and most of the users come from Russia. Many other statistical information about Viber is available, but not the one revealing when Viber reached the first million.
NETFLIX – 3.5 years
There are currently 692.10 million Netflix viewers worldwide. Due to account sharing changes that were implemented recently, we can expect this number to change soon.
PRIME VIDEO – UNKNOWN
Prime Video is believed to have over 250 million users. But when did it reach the first million? That is well-hidden information. Even though it is available in more countries than Netflix, it still has fewer users than its bigger rival.
DISNEY + – PROBABLY WITHIN THE FIRST 24 HOURS
Just one year after launching, the streaming service reached 73 million subscribers. That number grew to 157.8 million. Keep in mind that Disney + exists since 2019 so the growth was rapid. Everybody loves Disney!
MYSPACE – 10 MONTHS
Can you believe that Myspace still exists? It did not survive the fight with its biggest rival Facebook. It is not what it once was, but it has around 7 million users. At its peak, it had 75.9 million unique visitors a month.
PINTEREST – 20 MONTHS
Pinterest has 450 million monthly active users. Founder Ben Silbermann said Pinterest wants to be an anti-social media platform that will inspire and ultimately get people offline.
YOUTUBE – 11 MONTHS
The world’s favorite video streaming platform has 2.1 billion monthly active users. It was founded in 2005 and still has not met a stronger competitor.
THREADS – 1 HOUR
Threads was launched on July 7, 2023 and it gained 1 million users within an hour. Today, 4 days later, it already has 100 million users. And it is not even available in the whole world.
P0RNHUB – UNKNOWN
We know that there are 80 thousand visits per minute, 22 million registered users and that it took 7 months to reach 1 million daily visits.