Most Followed Trending Topics On Twitter in 2013

From breaking the news of a royal baby to a presidential election or the retirement of the cricketing legend, twitter continued to be the platform for mass interaction. So, let’s have a look at some of the most tweeted topics in 2013 that rocked the internet world.

Presidential inauguration, United States


The United States ushered in a second term for Barack Obama this year. Many people recorded the event by collecting social media and updates from around the Web, especially from twitter. The White House story drew heavily from the official presidential social media accounts, and continued with the updates even after the day of the actual event. There were around 1.1 million inauguration-related tweets during the ceremony. First Lady, Michelle Obama too tweeted: “Honored and blessed to be joining so many of my fellow Americans gathered to watch the Inauguration.” With over 34.7 million followers, U.S. President Barack Obama is the most followed head of state in Twitter.

Sachin Tendulkar Retirement


As cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar, played his 200th and final Test, tributes poured in on twitter in honor of the Master Blaster. From cricketers to politicians to celebrities from all walks of life, all took to twitter to express their feelings and to pay their tribute. In tribute to Sachin, BCCI ran a campaign in twitter called #ThankYouSachin, which generated over 3 million tweets. #ThankYouSachin was used not only by common Twitter users but also by celebrities like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Sachin acknowledged the campaign, he wrote on Twitter page, “I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best,” reports TOI. The tweet was retweeted over 16,000. This makes it the most tweeted news in India, reveals Twitter. “I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best,” tweets Sachin.

Death of Nelson Mandela


After the former South African president—Nelson Mandela’s death, Twitter spiked at 95,000 tweets per minute  and has been flooded with tweets that are  tributes to this great legend. Madiba, also became a trending topic on Twitter with public figures, including former president Bill Clinton, tweeting affectionately about the leader. Over six million tweets were recorded and even the funeral ceremony generated around 328 000 tweets.

Election of Pope Francis


The election of Pope Francis does clock in as one of the biggest Twitter event of all time in the tweets per minute range. He is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of re-tweets worldwide. Pope, with 7.2 million followers is also the second most-followed leader of the world, after U.S. President Barack Obama. The new Pope’s papal inauguration generated more than 130,000 tweets per minute at its peak. Cardinal of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio‘s election dominated online discussion to such a degree that it became the subject of eight of the top 10 trending topics at one point, says Twitter.

The Birth of Royal Baby, UK


The news of the new born Prince of Cambridge earlier this year, brought Twitter close to meltdown as millions from around the world shared their excitement and offered congratulations. Incredible 487million Twitter users have posted about the Duchess of Cambridge going into labour even before the baby’s birth was announced. A spark of conversation came in the minutes following the initial announcement, with over 25,300 tweets per minute. According to Twitter, the highest volumes of tweets came from the UK, the United States, Canada, France and Italy. It was thought to be one of the busiest days the social network has ever experienced.

Government Shutdown, United States


The government of U.S. when shutdown for 16 days after Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014. Regular government operations resumed after an interim appropriations bill was signed into law. During that period, millions of tweets have been generated all over the world. Social media like twitter served as a megaphone for dozens of politicians airing their opinions to masses.

India’s Mars Mission


With India’s mars mission successfully launched, it became the first Asian country and fourth nation in the world to leap into the interplanetary space with its Rs.450-crore exploratory mission to Mars, about 400-million km from earth. Even this event took lots of netizens to voice their opinion in the social media especially in twitter. Here are some of the tweets- “Actually that’s how I celebrate #Diwali. By firing small rockets like #Mangalyaan. #MissionMars #MarsMission #IndiaMarsMission #lol.” “Its incredible that @ISRO_India managed to put together #IndiaMarsMission is just 15 months!”

The Boston Marathon Bombings


Twitter have brought the best and worst scene of the Boston Marathon Bombings that took place in April at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Gossip and poorly reported news spread like wildfire over social networks, creating some confusion regarding the identities of the suspected bombers. But Twitter also provided a way for people to spread accurate news, and more importantly, come together in grief and support. There were more than 27 million tweets sent related to the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Nina Davuluri brushes off racist criticism after Miss America victory

First winner of Indian heritage and aspiring doctor says she will rise above attacks on social media

 Miss America winner Nina DavuluriWinner Nina Davuluri said: ‘I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.’ Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Miss America pageant has crowned its first winner from an Indian background – an aspiring doctor who plans to use the $50,000 (£31,000) prize money to fund her studies – sparking a flood of racist criticism on social media.

“I’m so happy this organisation has embraced diversity,” 24-year-old Nina Davuluri said in her first press conference, moments after winning the crown in Atlantic City. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”

But within minutes of winning the title, Davuluri, whose talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance, was the target of racist social media comments.


If you’re #Miss America you should have to be American,” said one on Twitter.


Davuluri, however, brushed aside the negative comments.

“I have to rise above that,” she said. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

Her grandmother told the Associated Press that she cried when she saw the news on television.

“I am very, very, happy for the girl. It was her dream and it was fulfilled,” 89-year-old V Koteshwaramma said by phone from her home in the city of Vijaywada, in southern India.

In the run-up to the pageant, much attention was given to Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, an army sergeant believed to have been the first contestant ever to openly display tattoos. She has the Serenity Prayer on her rib cage, and a smaller military insignia on the back of one shoulder.

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Vail won a nationwide “America’s choice” vote to advance as a semi-finalist, but failed to make it into the top 10.

In a Twitter message on Sunday before the finals began, Vail wrote: “Win or not tonight, I have accomplished what I set out to do. I have empowered women. I have opened eyes.”

The pageant pitted 53 contestants – one from each state, plus Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – in swimming wear, evening gown, talent and interview competitions.

Online Campaigns, the New Tool for Political Parties to Woo Netizens

Which strategy have the Indian politicians and political parties not applied to win the hearts of their voters? There are hardly any. With the advancement in the information technology, now the political parties are not just confined to their political campaigns through rallies, rath yatras, TV appearances, full page advertisements, posters and pamphlets but have also employed the new media platform like the internet and social networking sites for the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections, as reported by Kim Arora for Times Of India.


Most of the political parties have their own IT cells in order promote their party manifestos and contribute through the online medium. Recently, the netizens of the country were the most targeted masses through digital medium as the political parties believe it will easily help garner voters, mostly the youth. Arvind Gupta of BJP‘s IT cell said, “We’ve built a strong base of volunteers through our online outreach, who are well-informed about the party policy and its activities. Our social media guidelines, which are up on the party website, were crowd-sourced,” reported TOI.

The digital age has changed the game and this seems evident even among politicians, as they are involved in their digital campaigns. Kumar Vishwas of Aam Aadmi Party said “Not just our central team, even our candidates have online support groups they interact with regularly. When a five-year-old’s rape case wasn’t being registered by the police, the candidate from the area got people together with a single message. They picketed outside the police station until an FIR was filed.”

Though, social media and new technology was also employed during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the last two years have witnessed a massive increase in the practice of digital tools by political leaders and parties. This was started with several “official” Twitter and Facebook pages of the leaders, and now the policy makers are reaching out to the masses via videoconference too.


According to the study by the IRIS Knowledge Foundation and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IMAI), social media is most likely to impact 160 Lok Sabha seats.

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) that acts as the watchdog of political parties is also in the digital race as they introduced a mobile app known as Election Watch Reporter. It was first launched in Karnataka to help people report violations of the election code of conduct with the help of mobile phone pictures, and soon a Delhi-specific version of the app will also be launched.

The internet medium which is considered as the fastest mode of deciphering information might indeed serve as a successful medium to political parties to get the maximum votes.

Robert Pattinson Has Another Fun Night Out With Michelle Rodriguez

Robert Pattinson’s Sexy Star-Studded Night Out Revealed

Rob and Michelle were spotted at an after party for a screening of the movie It Felt Like Love, an indie flick part of The Sundance Institute’s Next Weekend, a small film festival that rolled through LA on August 10.

It Felt Like Love may not have any big names in it, but its after party definitely brought out the stars, according to a few Twitter users who were also at the shindig. “Not gonna brag… but hanging out with Robert Pattinson, Marilyn Manson, and Kate Mara,” @sarahcroce tweeted.

“[NBA player] Baron Davis just told me my shoes were cool, Rob Pattinson is lighting a cigarette for Michelle Rodriguez and [director] Mark Borchardt is wearing a Milwaukee hat,” another user posted.

Another user uploaded a photo of Rob (well, at least his back). In it he’s chatting it up with a few partygoers, one of whom appears to be Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke.

And one other eyewitness may have been teasing Robsten followers by tweeting that Rob was laying the charm on thick at the soiree: “I am at a house party in the Hollywood Hills. Robert Pattinson is flirting in the kitchen.” But with who!?

Robert Pattinson & Michelle Rodriguez: Getting Closer?

This is the second time in the past few weeks that Rob has been spotted out with Michelle. On July 24 the pair hit up the Chateau Marmont, where they shared an intimate smoke break together.

Rob is clearly still dealing with some lingering feelings for Kristen Stewart — especially after seeing her recently — so we’re once again seeing him lean on his close friends and mix and mingle to get his mind off of things.

Every guy needs a few go-to BFFs — it appears Rob has found a new one in Michelle, who seems to be the person he can fall back on when he’s at big, nerve-racking industry parties like this one.

SRK was ready to raise fund for Pak flood, not for U’khand?

Cricketers and film actors are praised as gods in this country. Indians can do anything and everything for their favourite stars. But now these people disappointed their fans as they have not come out with financial and other material aids for the victims of Uttarakhand flood.
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan (SRK) was one among them who have been facing criticism for their inaction for the flood victims. Social media such as — Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp had gone abuzz with rumours saying the actor donated Rs 10 crore for Uttarakhand.
However, now it has been clarified that it was nothing but a rumour spread by his fans. The actor faced tremendous criticism as he had plan to raise fund for Pakistan when the country was hit by a massive flood in 2010.
The then Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray had turned up to the party’s mouthpiece – Samna slamming Shahrukh for his act. Thackeray had claimed, “…when India is paying tribute to its dead on 26/11 Mumbai attack, Shahrukh khan is going to dance on stage for a Pakistani Prime TV Channel and for few hundred pounds.” Sena MP Sanjay Raut was quoted as saying, “At a time when Mumbai is observing 26/11 and expressing anger against Pakistan, there should be a probe on why Shah Rukh has (expressed) love for Pakistan .
The ministry of external affairs must seize his passport. There is no need to show a pro-Pakistan stance and this betrayal of the nation.” About 20 million people were affected when heavy rains had triggered floods in in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan regions of Pakistan in 2010. Now, over 800 people died and thousands of people have been displaced due to the massive flood in the hill state of the country — Uttarakhand. Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna recently claimed that the death toll could mount to 1,000. Rescue operations were on for the 10th day.
Indian Air Force (IAF) officials claimed that rescue operation in Uttarakhand is the largest of its kind for the Air Force. The King Khan, however, has not come up with any charity show aiming to raise fund for flood victims of this country. The only message he left for his countrymen was a tweet. Turning up to the micro-blogging site Twitter, SRK tweeted, “As insignificant as we are against Nature’s fury, a prayer of Hope for all suffering in Uttarakhand. May Allah give them strength & safety.” While SRK and other celebrities including few cricketers disappointed the countrymen, cricketer Harbhajan Singh impressed with his move.
He joined the list of the people who contributed to the relief fund after donating Rs 10 lakh. Central Government and different State Governments also sent financial aid and relief materials to the flood-ravaged state. Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee, Uttara Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi donated their one day’s salary for the victims. Delhi Police and Tihar inmates donated Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 lakh respectively. OneIndia News

#Dubai Police patrols now go for #Ferrari after a #Lamborghini

It appears Dubai Police isn’t satisfied with just a Lamborghini Aventador in its fleet of patrol cars.


What else could match up you ask? How about a Ferrari?

Dubai Police authorities have mentioned on its official Twitter account that the zippy car will be added to its fleet, with the confirmation coming from the Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Al Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, himself.

The tweet simply reads: “Lt General Dhahi Khalfan: Soon Ferrari will join Dubai Police fleet.”

However, the model has not been confirmed, neither has a prototype image been released as yet.

Chances are that a 458 Italia could very well fit the bill, going from 0 to 100km in a mere 3.4 seconds.

Here’s one patrol car you just may find difficult to outrun.

Last week, Dubai Police unveiled its latest addition to the fleet of patrol cars, with images of the Lamborghini Aventador going viral online.

This was added to the Chevrolet Camaro, which was confirmed last month by the authority, with images of its two-door prototype also being released online.

In a statement, Dubai Police has confirmed it will soon introduce sports cars into its fleet to enhance its patrolling abilities.

Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan, in the presence of Major-General Abdul Rahman Mohammad Rafi, Director-General, Department of Community Service, and Brigadier Pilot Anas Al Matrooshi, Deputy Director of the General Department of Operations for Transport and Rescue, are reviewing the new cars.

The sports cars have been designed according to Dubai Police specifications and ‘will help to facilitate policing on highways’, according to the authorities.

News of the Ferrari had many on Twitter cheering the new addition to the Dubai Police family, with tweets such as this one from Stranger Buddy saying: “Wow, I assume it will be a world record to have Ferrari for police patrolling. Keep it up. Dubai deserves the best.”

Don Joe Martin wrote: “Dubai Police is going to increase the standard of policing the world over. I love Dubai.”

Kaveen Amarasinghe posed the question that’s currently on everyone’s mind, asking: “Dubai Police, just curious to know if these cars will be used for patrolling purpose or anything else?”

Only time will tell. But needless to say, the emirate’s patrolling fleet looks poised to set a world record for being number one in style stakes.

Google pays $100 mn to Indian-American Neal Mohan to keep him from #Twitter

Google has paid a staggering bonus of $100 million to Indian-American executive Neal Mohan, just to keep him from accepting a job at Twitter.

Mohan is the man in charge of display ads for Google. He launched and developed the company’s approach and execution for that side of Google’s business. According to Business Insider which carries an excellent detailed profile of Mohan, He has a “special ability to understand what’s newly possible thanks to technology, and how this might be applied to serve a business strategy.”

Image from LinkedIn profile of Neil Mohan

He is expected to bring in an estimated $7billion for Google this year.

The report added that the bonus had come just as Mohan was on the verge of accepting an offer by Twitter to become chief of product in 2011.

A report in TechCrunch estimated that he was paid $100 million then, and Business Insider says that given the current value of Google stock, those shares are probably worth around $150 million today. The stock options will fully vest in three years.

Mohan graduated from Stanford in 1996 and worked for Accenture and NetGravity, before the latter was acquired by DoubleClick.

According to Daily Mail, “a private equity firm bought the company for $1.1billion and the CEO hired Mr Mohan to help rehabilitation. About 18 months later, after Mr Mohan implemented an aggressive plan to streamline and focus the business, Google bought it for $3.1billion.Since then, he has overseen Google’s acquisition of start-up companies to help bolster Google’s ad market.”

He reportedly also has a free rein to develop the display ad business as he sees first.

Business Insider had also collected a number of descriptions about Mohan from his co-workers who said things like, “He’s not a screamer or a big table-banger” and “”He doesn’t bullshit. If our numbers were going bad, I heard from him”. His clients were equally impressed saying things like “”He is the quiet assassin. He’s not a big show-boater.”

#Modi’s 3D speeches in Guinness Book of World Records

The 3D broadcasts of the speeches of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi during the 2012 Assembly elections have entered the Guinness Book of World Records, he stated on Friday. ‘Gujarat election campaign 2012 becomes even more memorable with the 3D interaction creating a Guinness World,’ Modi said on Twitter.


The Guinness World Record for most simultaneous shows of ‘the Pepper’s Ghost Illusion’ (a technology) is now held by Raj Kasu Reddy and Mani Shankar of NChant 3D, which telecast, live, a 55-minute speech by Modi to 53 locations across Gujarat on 10 December, 2012, Modi said on his blog.

NChant 3d used 3D ‘holographic projection technology’ for this purpose. This technology is popular in Europe.

Twenty Biggest Websites In The World

From online candy sales to a website to search other website, everyone has got a website under their name these days. The popularity of a website is the measure of visitors it has garnered, and it is what draws the defining lines between being big and being meager. If you were thinking Google is the biggest website in the world, you are wrong! It is another one from USA. comScore, the digital analytics company came up with the list of most popular Website in the world. If you are curious to know which ones found their way up in the ladder, then here are the 20 biggest websites in the world, compiled by Business Insider.

#20 163 Million Unique Visitors

The company: is the world’s largest online retailer. Started as an online bookstore, it soon diversified, selling DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys and jewelry. The company was founded in 1994, spurred by what Bezos called his “regret minimization framework”, which described his efforts to fend off any regrets for not participating sooner in the internet business boom during that time. Amazon was originally founded in Bezos’ garage in Bellevue, Washington.

The company also produces consumer electronics—notably the Amazon Kindle e-book reader and the Kindle Fire Tablet—and is a major provider of cloud computing services.

#19 169 Million Visitors is the largest Chinese-language infotainment web portal. It is run by Sina Corporation, which was founded in 1999. Sina was recognized by Southern Weekend as the “Chinese Language Media of the Year” for 2003 and in the early 2000s, it was known as the “Yahoo of China.” Sina launched a microblogging service Weibo in 2009, and has grown to more than 400 million users. Sina has said it has more than 60,000 verified accounts, consisting of celebrities, sports stars and other VIPs. The top 100 users now have over 180 million followers combined.

#18 170.9 Million Visitors is a blog web hosting service provider owned by Automattic, and powered by the open source WordPress software. WordPress has been able to attract users by offering dead-simple tools for blogging and web publishing. Given that it’s open source, WordPress has the upper hand on other platforms that require licensing fees.

There are nearly 60 million sites, which receive more than 100 million pageviews per day. Everyday over one million new articles and over one million comments are published. Some notable clients include CNN, CBS, BBC, Reuters, Sony and Volkswagen. In September 2010, it was announced that Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft’s blogging service, would be closing, and that Microsoft would instead be partnering with for blogging services.

#17 – 171.7 Million Unique Visitors is online destination for Apple products and software. It is the domain for the Apple Store as well as customer support pages for all Apple products. It’s bookmarked as the default homepage on Safari browser that is the default browser in all Apple Internet-connected products which are owned by countless number of people already.

#16 – 175.8 Million Unique Visitors

Started in 1997 as the country’s first online search company, is a Chinese portal and search engine. It offers advertising, online multiplayer gaming and other services. Sohu was ranked as the world’s 3rd and 12th fastest-growing company by Fortune in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

#15 – 184 Million Unique Visitors

Bing is a web search engine from Microsoft. The Redmond Company has aggressively advertised Bing, and made huge efforts to make the search engine much easier to use, with the addition of things like the social sidebar and improved algorithms. Microsoft also pays other Websites to link to Bing.
On July 29, 2009, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced a deal in which Bing would power Yahoo! Search.[6 hat it is: Web search engine.

#14 – 189.8 Million Unique Visitors

Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”. Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and by July, the social networking site was launched. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 500 million registered users as of 2012, generating over 340 million tweets daily and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day. Since its launch, Twitter has become one of the ten most visited websites on the Internet, and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet.”

The presence of news organizations, politicians, and other industry-specific experts have turned Twitter into the ultimate source of information.

#13 – 207 Million Unique Visitors is Chinese marketplace for clothing, accessories, jewelry, food, electronics, and more, similar to eBay and Amazon, operated by Alibaba Group. Founded by Alibaba Group in May 10, 2003, it facilitates consumer-to-consumer (C2C) retail by providing a platform for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to open online retail stores that mainly cater to consumers in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

#12 – 218.4 Million Unique Visitors

Ask is a question answering focused web search engine powered by Google. It founded in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in Berkeley, California.

#11 – 229.9 Million Unique Visitors is one of the earliest dedicated blog-publishing tools; it is credited for helping popularize the format. It allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a sub domain of

#10 – 254.1 Million Unique Visitors

MSN is a collection of Internet sites and services provided by Microsoft. The Microsoft Network debuted as an online service and Internet service provider on August 24, 1995, to coincide with the release of the Windows 95 operating system.

MSN was once a simple online service for Windows 95, an early experiment at interactive multimedia content on the Internet, and one of the most popular dial-up Internet service providers. Today, MSN is primarily a popular Internet portal.

#9 Baidu – 268.7 Million Unique Visitors

Baidu is a Chinese web Services Company headquartered in the Baidu Campus in Haidian District, Beijing. It offers many services, including a Chinese language search engine for websites, audio files, and images. Baidu also offers 57 search and community services including Baidu Baike, an online collaboratively built encyclopedia, and a searchable keyword-based discussion forum. Baidu was established in 2000 by Robin Li and Eric Xu.

Baidu is one of China’s most popular search engines. It employs thousands of China’s best engineers to continually update the quality and speed of its search engine.

#8 – 271.7 Million Unique Visitors is destination for purchasing Microsoft products, and downloading MS software and updates. There are a lot of Microsoft Windows-powered computers out there, and most of them come with bookmarked for customer support and lots of other functions, no wonder it’s on this list.

#7 – 284.1 Million Unique Visitors is China-based search engine and portal. QQ is an abbreviation of Tencent QQ, which provides customers with a popular instant messaging software service. Due to popularity of the instant messaging software service, by 10 September 2012, there were 784 million active user accounts with approximately 100 million online at a time.

#6 – 389.5 Million Unique Visitors is Microsoft’s new email service. It was a customizable portal launched by Microsoft in early November 2005 and it was one of the first Windows Live services to launch. lets users add RSS feeds in order to view news at a glance. Building off Microsoft’s experimental page, could be customized with Gadgets, mini-applications that could serve almost any purpose.

Some gadgets integrated with other Windows Live services, including Hotmail, Live Search, and Favorites.

#5 – 469.6 Million Unique Visitors is simply the easy and best source of knowledge. It is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 24 million articles, over 4.1 million in the English Wikipedia, are written collaboratively by volunteers around the world.

As of February 2013, there are editions of Wikipedia in 285 languages. It has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, having an estimated 365 million readers worldwide.

#4 – 469.9 Million Unique Visitors is a search engine and platform that connects to users to other Yahoo properties, such as Yahoo Finance and Flickr. Yahoo is one of the original Web portals from the 1990s; it offers news, sports, finance, and email.

#3 – 721.9 Million Unique Visitors is the platform for uploading, sharing, and watching user-created videos. It was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. In November 2006, YouTube was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion, and now operates as a subsidiary of Google, and the site got more popular.

#2 – 782.8 Million Unique Visitors is web search engine, popularly known as ‘search giant’. Google entered a crowded search engine market in the late 1990s, but won because it was the fastest and had a clean design. It was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while both attended Stanford University.

#1 – 836.7 Million Unique Visitors is the largest social networking site with over a billion registered users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.