List of virtual communities with more than 100 million active users

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This is a list of current virtual communities with more than 100 million active users. As of 2016, 46% of the world's human population (or 3.4 billion) has used the services of the Internet within the past year—over 100 times more people than were using it in 1995 (see Global Internet usage).[1][2]

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Rank Name Registered users Active user accounts Date launched Country of origin Date of active user stat.
1 Facebook 2+ billion[3] 1.86 billion[4] February 2004  United States December 2016
2 WhatsApp 1.2+ billion[5] 1.2 billion[5] June 2011  United States December 2016
- Facebook Messenger 2+ billion[3] 1 billion[6] August 2011  United States July 2016
3 WeChat 1+ billion[7] 889 million[8] January 2011  China December 2016
4 Tencent QQ 1+ billion[9] 868 million[8] February 1999  China December 2016
- Tencent Qzone 1+ billion[9] 638 million[8] May 2005  China December 2016
5 Instagram 600+ million[10] 600 million[10] October 2010  United States December 2016
6 Twitter 1+ billion[11] 319 million[12] March 2006  United States December 2016
7 Sina Weibo 503+ million[13] 313 million[14] August 2009  China December 2016
8 Skype 750 million[15] 300 million[16] August 2003  Estonia March 2016
9 Baidu Tieba 1.5 billion[17] 300 million[17] December 2003  China August 2016
10 Viber 858 million[18] 249 million[18] December 2010  Israel June 2015
11 LINE 600 million[19] 217 million[20] June 2011  Japan December 2016
12 Google+ 2+ billion[21] 212 million[22] June 2011  United States April 2015
13 Snapchat 158+ million[23] 158 million[23] September 2011  United States February 2017
14 Pinterest 150+ million[24] 150 million[24] March 2010  United States October 2016
15 LinkedIn 466 million[25] 106 million[25] May 2003  United States September 2016
16 BBM 190 million[26] 100 million[27] February 2007  Canada February 2015
17 Telegram 100+ million[28] 100 million[28] August 2013  Germany February 2016

Note: An "active user" is defined as a user who has interacted with the community in the last 30 days while logged in.[29][30] This metric is different from monthly unique visitors, which includes unregistered readers who are only consumers and not creators of content. See also monthly active users.

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  25. ^ a b "LinkedIn - Quarterly Earnings". LinkedIn. 1 June 2016. 
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  28. ^ a b "100,000,000 Monthly Active Users". Telegram. 23 February 2016. 
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