Popular social media platforms

Although there are many different social media platforms available, they all have similar functionalities and purposes with slight differences. During this lesson we will introduce you to the most popular social media platforms and explain what they are used for.

Remember: you don’t need to have all of these. Read about each one to decide if you think you would like to try one of them out!


Facebook app icon

Facebook is a popular free social networking platform that allows individuals to create and view personal or business profiles, post photos, videos, and stories, and connect with family, friends or the public and buy and sell products.

Photo of Facebook home page

If you would like to learn how to get started on Facebook, check out our How-To guide Stay connected with Facebook.


Instagram app icon

Instagram is a free platform that allows users to share photos and videos and connect with their friends, family and community online.

Photo of Instagram app on an iPhone

If you would like to learn how to get started on Instagram, check out our How-To guide Your digital photo album: Instagram.


Twitter app icon

Twitter is a free platform that allows users to share their thoughts and ideas to a wide audience.

Photo of Twitter platform


TikTok is a free short-form, video-sharing app that allows users to create and share 15-second videos on any topic.

Photo of TikTok app on a mobile device


LinkedIn is a free platform that is used for professional networking and job-finding.

Photo of LinkedIn home profile

Do any of these interest you? As you can see different social media apps serve different purposes. Find which one best suits you and remember you can always delete it if you choose it’s not for you. In the next lesson we will discuss some safety tips when it comes to using social media.

Geek Squad Agent George