Predictions on What Social Media Networks Will Dominate in 2019

Posted on: September 13, 2018, by :

Social media has advanced tremendously since back in the day when MySpace was the industry leaders. Since then we have seen heavy hitters like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram stick around, while a handful of networks never received the momentum required for success and they eventually fizzled away.

What networks will we see dominate in the coming year? Below are some predictions from top business owners, on what networks, both existing and new, they think will make waves in 2019.

Facebook is so far ahead of the curve.

“Facebook. While it may be losing steam, the company is so far ahead of the other social media networks.  They also have shown that they are willing to acquire other networks (like Instagram) to maintain their lead.” — Matthew Kolb of All High Schools

LinkedIn

“From what my current personal trend is I am going to say that LinkedIn will dominate in 2019. Because of the Facebook issues and the election I think some people have dialed back there and started to move some of their personal posts to LinkedIn.” — Ben Walker, Founder of Transcription Outsourcing, LLC

Twitter

“I would like to see Twitter put in a bigger effort and give its users what they want. Something as simple as making an edit option is something that could help spark usage. It’s still popular for news, but not many users are engaging with it like in the past. I want to see them put effort into 2019.” — Tom Munroe, CEO of RugStudio

Facebook

“Facebook will continue to dominate globally by number of active users in 2019. It seems that the competition for networks is in live video streaming and user experience. You can see a large shift towards Instagram, which has a better engagement rate than Facebook, so it’ll be interesting to watch.“ — Sean Christman, Founder of Slamdot

Instagram isn’t going anywhere.

“Instagram seems to be a real force and will continue to be. Life is told more and more through pictures these days and no one has the user base or capabilities that Instagram currently has. Plus it’s easy for Facebook to push current users over.” — Marc Webb, Founder of Real PDL Help

WhatsApp

“I feel like Instagram and WhatsApp will help Facebook maintain market share while Facebook itself sees usage continue to decline as fatigue sets in. Facebook has invested in those properties because they realized the growth was coming (or already there).” — Shawn Schulze of HomeArea.com

Holonis

“I’m actually very curious to see what Holonis does and if they catch on. From what I have seen online, they have some solid ideas, but if it catches on with the consumers is yet to be seen. I’m not sure the time is right for anyone to compete with Facebook or Instagram though.” — Andrew Tran, Founder of Therapy

Not much will change from this year.

“Facebook will continue to be the standard, and the main option. They have been making a lot of changes recently and it seems that accurate information and consumer privacy is a major focus. I can’t see them losing ground or being replaced by any other options any time in the near future.” — Ari Evans of AAA Handbags

Snapchat

“I think 2019 is a do or die year for Snapchat. I can’t imagine they are going to just let it fizzle out. I think they need to come out with some groundbreaking new features or partnerships that make it different. Something that Instagram can’t simply copy. They need to do something to spark usage.” — Jim Epton of Dom Huga Ltd

Nobody will overtake Instagram.

“I don’t see anyone catching Instagram for a long time. They are always making improvements to their UX and adding little features that are welcomed. You never hear their users complaining, like Snapchat experienced. Their costly changes pushed their users away. Instagramwill continue to dominate.” — Christopher Dziak, CEO of Pure Nootropics

Minds

“Minds is really trying to push the decentralized social network, and I think 2019 will either see it welcomed, and used by early adaptors, or it will fade out like everyone else that has tried to challenge Facebook and Instagram. The concept is interesting, but that might not be enough.” — Michael Herron of The Law Offices of Michael R. Herron, P.A

Alternative networks.

“As social media continues to be wrapped in scandal, it appears that alternative platforms like Bitchute and Dtube (Youtube), Gab.ai (Twitter) will become more and more popular as tech conglomerates seek to make their platforms safer by limiting free speech.” — Joseph W. Belluck of Belluck & Fox, LLP

Facebook will keep leading the way.

“Facebook will continue to have top billing. With the continuous improvements to engagement options and platforms to support third party integrations they are not going silent any time soon. Facebook is a juggernaut. They have the user base, the momentum, and the data advertisers seek.” — Shawn Freeman, Founder and CEO of TWT Group