Worst to First: Which Social Media Sites Rank Supreme?


Zoe Hall

Rank ‘Em! Wire tech editor Chase Robinson offers helpful tech and app insights as he ranks the best (and worst) social media sites.

Since the early years of the 21st century, the Internet has been growing to a point where it is unavoidable to the average human. A big part in the rise of the Internet was the ability to be social with others online without the restrictions of time and distance. For this reason, with the Internet’s rise came the introduction of social media. These sites were specifically designed to allow people to freely communicate with one another and share information through texts, photos, and videos. Sites like AOL Instant Messenger and Myspace were able to set the trend of platforms for people to socialize in, and it led to the creation of the social media sites we have today. Some of these sites are newer and more popular than others, but they all have a great reach today to the point where they are household names. These sites include: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, and Snapchat. However, which platforms are the best at what they do, and which ones are the worst?

According to this intrepid reporter – who (it must be conceded) has no shortage of opinions, the worst social media site at this size today has to be Facebook. It doesn’t specifically have to do the UI or features that the platform provides, as they are serviceable. However, the age of the site shows through its users. The users have a big role in defining the platform, and Facebook is just for an older generation.

Let the ranking continue! In the fourth position is none other than Snapchat. The difference between this and other social media sites is that it has a heavier focus on two-way communication, rather than public sharing. You can still do so on the platform, but the UI and style of posts are considerably worse when compared to others. Unless you have specific friends to talk to, you won’t be using Snapchat often.

The next up in the ranks in Tiktok. While this platform has made a meteoric rise in recent years improving upon what was once Musical.ly, it does not have what it takes to be the best. This site focuses on short videos that people can share for many purposes, but mainly comedy or dancing. The problem is, many times that comedy isn’t actually funny and the dance videos that are done are often unoriginal and hard to watch. There can be quality content, but it isn’t consistent enough to justify a higher placing.

Coming in second place will be Twitter. This is a platform that is very easy to use and widely accessible. You will find pretty much anything on Twitter, the same that you can find on any of the other platforms on this list. However, the site is known for some of its toxic, opinionated, and outlandish users. Noting these users, it can’t be number one.

Hear ye! Your self-appointed Warrior wire tech expert now says the following: The best social media site is Instagram. (Did I stutter?) This site is mainly focused around sharing photos and videos with others publicly, but its UI and features allow it to do the same as any other. The main style of a photo/video with a caption makes for a great way to share things, and it is done in a way that the user isn’t automatically subject to bad or uninteresting posts the same way other sites allow. It is the easiest way to see what’s going on in others’ lives, and enjoy what you are interested in.

Whether you agree with my rankings on this list or not, all social media platforms are viable when it comes to communicating with others. These sites are all widely accessible and allow people to see what’s going on with others or the world, and share things about themselves. As long as people can do that, then it doesn’t matter which site is used. Tech reporter – out!