Top 10 Social Networking Sites in India

clip_image003Global social networking brands are continuously gaining prominence in India, and this is quite evident from comScore’s recent report on India’s top social networking sites. As compared to the previous year (2007), there has been a 51 % increase in the number of visitors on such sites amounting to more than 19 million visitors by the end of 2008.

Top 10 Social Networking Sites in India (2008 vs. 2007)

Rank Social Networking Site Total Unique Visitors (m) (Dec07) Total Unique Visitors (m) (Dec08) % Change
1 Orkut.com 7.123 12.869 81
2 Facebook.com 1.619 4.044 150
3 Bharatstudent.com 1.736 3.269 88
4 hi5.com 714 2.012 182
5 ibibo.Com 1.970 990 -50
6 MySpace Sites 352 741 110
7 LinkedIn.com 293 513 75
8 PerfSpot.com 2.106 433 -79
9 BIGADDA.com 515 385 -25
10 Fropper.com 256 248 -3

The study reveals that Orkut, Facebook, hi5, LinkedIn and MySpace all have witnessed prominent growth in visitation.

Highlights:

  • Orkut tops the list of the most visited social networking site with more than 12.8 million visitors. This means an increase of 81 % from the last year.
  • Orkut’s audience was three times the size of its nearest competitor in the category.
  • Facebook.com ranked at the number 2 spot with 4 million visitors. This has been an increase of 150 % as compared to the previous year.
  • Next in line at number 3 is the local social networking site Bharatstudent.com with 3.3 million visitors. This site showed an increase by 88 %.
  • hi5.com comes in next at number 4 with 2 million visitors, which means an increase by 182 %.

Says Will Hodgman, comScore executive vice president:

“Social networking continued to grow strongly in India this past year, with several of the top global brands carving out a more prominent position. While there is certainly room for several players in the social networking space in India, the sites that have the right blend of having both a strong brand and cultural relevance will be best positioned for future growth.”

Share your comments on what you think.

(Source: comScore World Metrix)

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  1. I don’t get it…. Why is FaceBook So Behind in India… Well maybe becoz its uncomfortable to use…

  2. Face have difficult user interface so…orkut rocks in india.
    also, bharatstudent is paying loads of money on internet…

  3. Orkut gets only 12,869 uniques per month?

  4. I really feel that Orkut is the best…Cheers I like It….

  5. Albeit it says that Orkut is more popular, surprisingly enough, I found myspace much more enjoyable and useful to grow your network. It provides such an immense variety of features, which I could not even imagine before joining myspace. Albeit traditionally it was not that well known in India(thanks to orkut and facebook), its user base is steadily on the rise. Hats off to myspace.

  6. Hi Swati, check out Femlina, it is India’s first women’s social network: http://www.femlina.com/

  7. i lyk many sites.but not th bigadda.it is a very bad and time consuming.joyless sitr i have ever seen…..

  8. Hi ..

    what about BigMazaa.com .. Its also Gettng Very Popular these days ..

  9. orkut is cool social network only if u have frnds
    fb lots of stuff + frnds

  10. :{ where is twitter …

  11. of course twitter is now becoming more famous

  12. Social networking sites are the next big thing in India, but the million dollar question is when will the companies actually start earning profits?? The margins will be very low until the traffic to these sites increase.

  13. orkut is really a very good site for make new friends.
    i can’t find any other social site like orkut……
    it’s really mindblowing

  14. well orkut was good but wit the entry of facebook …facebook simply rocks!!facebook is such a good timepass wit all the games as well.

  15. the main reason for facebook not leading may be that it is a slow networking site(spplications).orkut is compact that’s why it rocks!!

  16. the data provided above is an outdated one (2007 and 2008). Its facebook that rules and I swear facebook will take over orkut in no time.

  17. hmmmm…!!!! orkut is very comfortable to use compared to facebook…coz its very conjusted…bt still its interting…but i would prefer orkut than facebbpk…i find it interesting…

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  19. Orkut is best, its easy to understand n good interface to understand then facebook. . . i love orkut. . Muah… muah

  20. I think orkut is best networking site, it easy to understand…..& make a good fren circle through it.

  21. I feel that ORKUT is very special & unique social networking site to know & understand peoples. I really love it.

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  23. Amit Ranjan Singh June 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    orkut the best becoz this is easy to understand and simple
    this is famous.

  24. orkut is good networking sites, main reason is that it is easy to understand & glorious look.these make prominent sites

  25. I really feel that Orkut, facebook is the best…Cheers I like It….

  26. i really feel that orkut , gmail and facebook is the best site for me and my frnds in the world

  27. Facebook is the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Doesn’t this list require an update? The list seems outdated long ago. I am sure Orkut is falling as many people dumped it and moved to FB. I damn did. I believe active users have gone down on orkut by 50+ %. What does DW think?

  29. orkut and facebook r very good social networking sites…because of easy to understand n making frnds all over the world..

  30. The networking sites are only a waste of time for people like us.

  31. I am bored of FaceBook, Orkut, Twitter and ALL!!! so I am trying a New ONE now, http://talki.tk

  32. Facebook is good but confusing/Fropper is neat & clean whereas Orkut is easy but not clean.

  33. Is there any Social site promoted/developed from and for India?

  34. hiii friends
    Orkut an facebook are more famous

  35. Hey friends facebook reaches first position in last month that means facebook is the best

  36. orkut rocksssssssssss

  37. i like. orkut…………… bt nw bored wid it………….. must try d othr one………….. zorpia, indiaonapage,. etc………….. if any other site anyone knw must send it to my given id…………..

  38. Really Bored with Orkut… Now i am surfing Ibibo.. Its some much better i think.

  39. orkuy facebook is the best…………

  40. Orkut rockzzzzzzz
    fb also gr9

  41. Pardeep singh shekhawat October 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    orkut iS outstanding. I realy like orkut if you want fun. join orkut today facebook is ahhhhhhh good but orkut rocksssssss.

  42. Orkut is going Down Nowadays………….Facebook is emeging no 1..Social N/wking Site……

  43. orkut is not intersting

  44. orkut is very easy t operate than facebook………….thats all

  45. data is wrong facebook is leading in india than orkut. facebook is best

  46. facebook is better than orkut

  47. both of the sites are best for ever newly created social sites cannot ever beat these two bcas they gathered more people and in future they must discover much more options to enjoy both the group are so competitive letzzzzz see who ll become top in short period

  48. More and more are coming through.

  49. In my ophnion facebook is better than orkut. we have to add another features like scrapbook,application etc… innovation thoughts.

  50. Facebook is the best site in the whole universe i like it vary much

  51. i used facebook orkut and ibibo. But in my opnion ibibo is best

  52. i think orkut is much better dan facebook!!nd it’s so easy to use nd looks so nice!!

  53. Facebook is D best…….!

  54. As of me the Best and truly Indian social-networking community is http://www.unaoo.com which is a new entrant and making waves in the web market in INDIA

  55. It is a globle age. so that all networking sites are best…………

  56. Guys…… Dont Forget about Twitter, which is used by lots of people in India, though its micro blogging website, but a medium to be social. Orkut is slow and good for starters, Face-book is for advance users.

    There are other Social Networking websites also, which are there but with the presence of these websites they are not very rich in popularity and has less followers.

  57. Active orkut users have gone down…But orkut is so damn easy n cool,i used it for many years.But as fb emerge as No.1 site so people dumped orkut and moved on fb.I too.Bcoz i found most users inactive for months.
    According to me orkut is good.Fb is so conjusted,confusing and its hell when u want to search someone…Orkut’s search is just fab.

  58. orkut is a better site then facebook…bcoz,on a facebook anyone can interfare in our msgs,chat,updates etc…but on an orkut we can do our persnol chat….

  59. Thanks for the list very useful for me and other SEO Worker

  60. Hello ! In this vast internet world, its very confusing to choose which social networking site stands good, we cant even judge. Thanks for this great information.

  61. i feel very comfort with orkut it is very user friendly when compare to fb.

  62. FB and orkut both are fine, both have its own usage

    FB is okay in terms of interacting ur friends and sharing with them, its interface is so easy

    and orkut is good for interacting with stranger and discussion on different topic like its communities

    plus FB provides more privacy then orkut

  63. Now i use orkut. But i like Facebook. So, i want to join facebook as early as possiable. I think facebook it the best networking sites compare to orkut for me. Thank you.

  64. Plz leave Orkut, who use it. & join Facebook. Rock on with Facebook. I can’t leave without these things- family, BACET friends, old friends & Facebook.

  65. facebook have 500 million users,its ok
    but facebook have not more facilities!
    but orkut have lot of facilities!
    scraping(with picture) is very good entertainment feature in social network!
    orkut have scraping facilities!
    facebook have not this facilities!
    orkut have private scraping,malty scraping(mass scraping)
    video chatting, audio chatting facilities
    facebook have messaging and wall
    also orkut have messaging and headline(wall) facility!
    orkut is very easily using network site!
    but, facebook is difficult!
    orkut have testimonial facility and more more features!

    but all peoples are like facebook coz:this is western culture following site(usa and co:countries)
    but most orkut using countries are india and brazil(this is not a good wealthy countries, but, growing very fastly!,this is main problem, western countries have lot of jealousy for india and brazil,every western peoples say for this word:facebook is very strong and good, orkut??? what orkut? …,problem is jealousy! )
    economically india and brazil growing very rapidly!
    this is the problem of jealousy
    actually orkut is very good social network and good fetures!

  66. i dont like facebook….orkut is best site . thats why its no. 1 in india…while facebook is not safe coz anyone can read ur wall and get avery update from ur profile….\\\\

  67. Thanks a lot your listing. I likes facebook. Most of them changed to Facebook from Orkut. Definetly Facebook will beat Orkut in India.

  68. Fb is a best best chat sites with friends and loves.

  69. tats good job swati

  70. i think facebook is suitable.

  71. atiqrehman mukadam March 19, 2011 at 2:53 am

    hmmm from my point of view i think the best site after orkut i got is ibibo coz u will find and get all the xcitement u are searching for in ibibo.com

  72. Thanks for sharing those huge list of social networking sites.. Its very helpful for all peoples.. thanks for sharing..

  73. this is outdated.
    now fb is worlds no 1
    and Indias no 1

    orkut lost 81.63% of its users and is now no 15.

  74. I have submitted my website in there social networking sites and get back links very soon.

  75. orkut is best social networking site

  76. i think orkut is good but Now Facebook is best .and IBIBO is a borring .

  77. facebook is good and orkut also good…..

  78. this orkut and facebooks are damn just nothing.try ibibo or zorpia………..

  79. I was an Orkut-fanatic til’ my cousin showed me up to Facebook. In the beginning it was hell confusing but once you get the hang of it…it is far more enjoyable than Orkut.
    And I disagree about FB not having proper privacy policies. You can customize you settings such that your family members in FB doesn’t see everything you do. That’s so Cool! :D

  80. Hi, I prefer the Orkut is the best then other social sites, I am using both Orkut & FB but FB is very confusing & not attractive But the new Orkut is looking Cool & very easy to operate.

  81. Hi, I think orkut is the best of the all of social sites. It is easy to communicate with friends and also provide find friend as desirable.

  82. FIRST OF ALL I USED ORKUT AFTER THAT I USED FB & TWITTER ALSO.
    AND I LOVE THESE ALL SITE SPECIALLY ORKUT & FB. M CRAZY ABOUT THESE SITES……

  83. ORkut is the best social networking sites. I love orkut. Because from this site i found many friends which is good relation to me

  84. I personally think that Orkut is the best….because it is much more expressive than any other website.

  85. I think fb is best among all but we should not forget that no one is bad.

  86. facebook is the king in social networking sites

  87. Do you know there are some limitation in Facebook as well as orkut but now the new concept is coming by google plus which everyone is just looking ahead and no one can beat google plus

  88. Orkut was ruling in india till 2010,but in present fb is the fastest growing community in india & all over the world……and most of the peoples r leaving orkut now(as me :P)

  89. the thing is definatli the google+ goin to popular i think so..

  90. Facebook is the Best social networking site

  91. twitter and facebook is the best social bookmarking site

  92. ive seen one social networking kittyasian.com it looks good tho for adult but will try it more…

  93. Another new upcoming Social Networking site for Indians with premium Bollywood and Cricket content services – socialdhaba.com

  94. Guys, these things keep on changing with the pace of time. You pupil can’t say that Facebook/Orkut is the best social networking site. After few days you may find a site which has become even more popular than today’s “Facebook”.

  95. i guess i can find more friends with this

  96. myspace is also good try it

  97. another social networking site is google+

  98. rocketalk is better site. There free video. Voice and massage chat and also ad privat public galary on picture and video and also create community or join fevrate comunity . Send any person invetation …

  99. orkut is better than facebook

  100. Orkut and Facebook these two is best in some field.

  101. According to me facebook is the best social networking website and I think even google is not capable of beating it !

  102. I think that facebook is one of the best social networking site in the world. In the previous years orkut was famous but now its facebook time.It is a gud social network with gud features. i should recommend every one to be a part of this fascinating social world.

  103. India is 2nd in ranking for using facebook … and facebook is much better than any other social networking site…

  104. Muslimati is a v joyful social network in social media, try it now!!!

  105. i love FACEBOOK it helps to find frnds easily………… :-D

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