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Top 20 New Social Media Networks (Jun 2024)

by Josh Howarth
June 6, 2024

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In modern society, it’s virtually impossible that someone hasn’t heard of social networking giants like Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter).

What you may not have heard about, however, are the dozens of new social networks geared toward serving niche markets.

From pregnant mothers to African American professionals and more, here are 20 of the hottest social networks for 2024.

1. Partiful

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5-Year Search Growth: +99x

Search Growth Status: Exploding

Year Founded: Jan 2020

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Users: Unknown

Summary: Partiful is a social party planning platform designed to facilitate event organizing. The platform allows users to effortlessly create party pages for various social events.

Google searches for Partiful have taken off since the start of 2022 and the company has been backed by $27.3M of funding.

2. Quest

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5-Year Search Growth: 645%

Search Growth Status: Exploding

Year Founded: 2005

Location: Bangalore, India

Users: Unknown

Summary: Since the 2020 pandemic, employers have found it increasingly difficult to find employees with the skillsets they require to operate in the modern economy. At the same time, baby boomers and members of Gen Z feel the skills they’ve developed over their lifetime are becoming increasingly irrelevant in today’s job market. Enter Quest App.

Founded by Quest Alliance, a youth empowerment-focused non-profit, Quest App is a digital learning platform that aims to provide users with “employability skills” for the 21st century. More importantly, they provide support from a large community of learners and trainers. With 11.5 million job openings in the US alone – a record high – it's easy to see how both employers and prospective employees could benefit from the Quest App.

3. Threads

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5-Year Search Growth: 160%

Search Growth Status: Peaked

Year Founded: 2023

Location: Los Angeles, California

Users: 160M

Summary: Threads launched in mid-2023 offering competition to Twitter (now X). The social media platform owned and operated by Meta Platforms rapidly gained users and is marketed as Instagram's text-based conversation app.

Neymar Jr. is currently the most-followed user on Threads.

4. WeAre8

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5-Year Search Growth: 600%

Search Growth Status: Peaked

Founded: 2012

Location: New York, NY

Users: Unknown

Summary: WeAre8 is billed as a transformative social media platform in which users are presented with 8 minutes of handpicked content each day. In addition, users are rewarded with small payments whenever advertising is viewed via the app. The company describes itself as "social media with purpose".

The growing social media network currently has close to 10,000 Twitter followers. And according to PitchBook, has received $27.2 million in funding.

5. Lemon8

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5-Year Search Growth: 4,500%

Search Growth Status: Regular

Year Founded: Apr 2020

Location: Enschede, Netherlands

Users: 5M+

Summary: TikTok's parent company ByteDance has begun promoting its photo-sharing social media project in the US. Already popular in Japan and Thailand, Lemon8 has seen a surge in Google searches since the start of 2022.

The app has been gaining traction in the US market, recently rising to the top of the App Store charts for lifestyle apps. While on the Google Play Store, Lemon8 has already been downloaded over 5 million times.

6. Made With Friends

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5-Year Search Growth: 217%

Search Growth Status: Exploding

Founded: 2015

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Users: 250k+

Summary: Made With Friends subverts the traditional social media blueprint, instead asking users' friends to post to their profile pages. TTYL has previous when it comes to this concept, initially implementing it with its Poparazzi app.

The Made With Friends TikTok account has enjoyed reasonable early success, accumulating over 60,000 followers and almost half a million likes.

7. Supernova

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5-Year Search Growth: 81%

Search Growth Status: Exploding

Founded: Oct 7, 2012

Location: London, UK

Users: Undisclosed

Summary: Over the last decade, both social entrepreneurship and environmentally conscious entrepreneurship have emerged as highly popular trends. At the same time, millennials are utilizing social media and crowd-funding sites to support causes they believe in in ways unseen in prior generations.

To take advantage of these trends, Supernova positions itself as the social network that gives back. In particular, they claim to share 60% of all ad revenue with charities of the users’ choosing. In March of 2022, for example, they funneled their income toward Ukraine.

8. Airchat

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5-Year Search Growth: 1,200%

Search Growth Status: Exploding

Year Founded: 2024

Location: Lewes, DE

Users: 50,000+

Summary: Launched in April 2024, Airchat breaks away from traditional text-based social media by focusing on push-to-talk, voice-first public messaging. The audio-forward app produces transcripts from speech and has gained near-instant popularity.

The Airchat X account has amassed over 30,000 followers in a short space of time.

9. BAND

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5-Year Search Growth: 10%

Search Growth Status: Regular

Year Founded: 2013

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Users: 50M+

Summary: Despite their popularity in general, most social networks – and messaging apps in particular – are poor tools for effectively communicating with groups. Important messages get pushed down, event invites can be hard to find, etc.

With BAND, however, the user interface and user experience have been built for this specific purpose. Designed to help teams and team leaders communicate more easily, BAND labels itself as a tool for simplifying and streamlining group communication. And with 10-15 million visitors per month (per SimilarWeb), and just twelve employees (per LinkedIn), one would assume BAND’s operating margins are quite high.

10. eToro

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5-Year Search Growth: 18%

Search Growth Status: Peaked

Year Founded: 2007

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Users: 3M+

Summary: Despite the industry’s recent downturn, the number of people participating in crypto has grown substantially over the past few years (it's estimated that 23% of Americans own crypto). From Twitter threads to Reddit forums, investors have proven more than willing to network, discuss, and opine on all things crypto.

In what is essentially a social network bolted onto a trading platform, eToro has taken the solitary activity of trading and turned it into a social one. In addition to allowing investors to “follow” traders - and the content and trading tips they release - traders can also allow users to quite literally copy their trading strategies. An industry first, one could argue this feature is a large part of what’s made eToro so successful.

11. Sunroom

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5-Year Search Growth: 3,400%

Search Growth Status: Regular

Year Founded: 2020

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Users: Unknown

Summary: Over the past few years, adult-leaning content-sharing apps have gained enormous momentum. Many of these platforms, however, are run by men and have come under scrutiny for everything from body-shaming to pornography-related merchant account violations.

Sunroom, however, is owned and operated by women who share an aggressively body-positive, sex-worker-friendly company culture (as outlined in their Manifesto). More importantly, they’re aiming to steal market share from billion-dollar-producing competitor OnlyFans.

12. Peanut

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5-Year Search Growth: 33%

Search Growth Status: Regular

Year Founded: 2016

Location: London, UK

Users: 3M+

Summary: One of the largest problems with today’s social networking sites is the difficulty involved in establishing real, genuine connections with strangers. From professional networking sites to dating apps, many of today’s networks seem to facilitate short-term, superficial interactions at the expense of creating real, long-term relationships.

Peanut, however, aims to solve this. With a focus on a woman’s stage of life (fertility, pregnancy, motherhood, and menopause), Peanut aims to connect women who can provide real, legitimate support to one another. In particular, they emphasize “care, empathy, and collectivism” as their core values. And with $21.8 million raised over four rounds since 2017, Peanut seems to be doing something right.

13. Substack

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5-Year Search Growth: 9,700%

Search Growth Status: Exploding

Year Founded: 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA

Users: 20M+

Summary: Substack is an online social platform for newsletter creation. Total funding for the platform has so far exceeded $90 million.

Search interest has grown steadily since 2020 as more and more users flock to the newsletter hub. As of late 2021, the platform had accumulated more than 1 million paid subscriptions. And the top 10 content producers on the site made a cumulative $20 million that year.

14. Elpha

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5-Year Search Growth: 40%

Search Growth Status: Regular

Founded: Jan 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA

Users: 100K+

Summary: From books to business gurus, products and services focused exclusively on women have proven to be highly successful. And similar to what we saw with Peanut – the women’s support app – the same principle applies to social media.

Continuing the trend of taking already successful networks and focusing them down on a sub-niche, Elpha can be thought of as LinkedIn for women (including and with a heavy emphasis on serving trans-women and non-binary people who identify as women). And that niche focus seems to be paying off – SimilarWeb shows Elpha’s website traffic continues to hover near record highs.

15. Public

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5-Year Search Growth: 79%

Search Growth Status: Regular

Year Founded: 2015

Location: New York, NY

Users: 25M+

Summary: Investment app Public has received a significant amount of backing in the form of over $300 million. The social platform focuses on stocks, treasuries, crypto, ETFs, and alternative assets. Users have the option of a premium account offering advanced data and analyses for $8 per month.

There have been several spikes in search interest for Public, most recently coming in mid-2022. 

16. Fizz Social

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5-Year Search Growth: 3,400%

Search Growth Status: Regular

Founded: 2021

Location: Palo Alto, California

Users: Unknown

Summary: Launched in 2021, Fizz is a private campus-specific platform moderated by other students. Having started at Stanford University, the app has now expanded to other colleges prioritizing moderation and community health among its core values.

17. Caffeine

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5-Year Search Growth: 93%

Search Growth Status: Regular

Founded: April 1, 2016

Location: California, US

Users: 350K+

Summary: As multiple companies on this list have proven, taking a proven social networking concept – and cloning it to focus on a sub-niche of the industry – is a proven strategy. And what better network to clone than TikTok – the live video giant that’s risen from relative obscurity to getting more downloads than Instagram in just two years?

Meet Caffeine. Copying TikTok’s emphasis on live video, Caffeine has taken aim at the urban African-American crowd. With content that includes rap battles, street dancing, standup comedy, and more, Caffeine promotes itself through partnerships with high-profile African-American influencers and celebrities. A tactic that gained them almost half a million website visitors in March of 2022.

18. Dispo

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5-Year Search Growth: 142%

Search Growth Status: Exploding

Year Founded: 2019

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Users: 1M+

Summary: Formerly known as David's Disposable, Dispo is a photo-sharing app launched in 2019 by YouTuber David Dobrik and Natalie Mariduena. The original launch of the app saw it top the App Store's most downloaded free apps.

Since then, the app has rebranded as Dispo and has expanded from its initial single-layer camera to a fully-fledged social network. Dispo has seen a steady increase in Google searches since launching, with a notable spike in 2021 after the rebrand.

19. WattPad

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5-Year Search Growth: 12%

Search Growth Status: Regular

Founded: Nov 7, 2006

Location: Toronto, Canada

Users: 94M+

Summary: As many forums have proven over the years, both writers and readers love to congregate around - and share their opinions about - stories. From industry heavyweights like GoodReads to erotica forums, story lovers are both highly active and voracious in their appetite for new material.

To tap into that demand, social network WattPad brands itself as the place “Where stories live”. Unlike Reddit or most storytelling forums, however, WattPad’s social network aspect makes it dramatically easier for writers to build a loyal tribe of fans (without having to market themselves). Further, they offer a host of writing tools and resources, including the possibility of getting their work published in book format or converted into a TV series or movie.

20. Crunchyroll

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5-Year Search Growth: 213%

Search Growth Status: Exploding

Year Founded: 2008

Location: San Francisco, CA

Users: 120M+

Summary: While people who aren’t fans might not know it, anime is one of the largest entertainment sub-niches on the planet. In 2020, it was estimated to be worth $22.6 billion. To put that in perspective, the worldwide movie industry was worth $41 billion in 2019.

With so much money sloshing around – and so many fans – it should come as no surprise a host of blogs, forums, etc. have popped up around the anime industry. To tap into that demand, Crunchyroll offers live streaming, blog updates, and social networking (reminiscent of YouTube’s comment section) all in one. And with over 120 million users, they seem to be doing something right.

Conclusion

With some of the largest companies on the planet operating in space, the social network industry is ferociously competitive.

Despite this, startups across the globe are finding ways to steal market share by serving niche markets and meeting unmet needs – a trend we expect to continue into 2025 and beyond.