First, what kind of social networks can you build?
Before you start your social media app development, it's worth looking at the kinds of social media applications that already exist and how they differ. Some key ones:
Social network apps
Social media is used to connect and help users interact with other people online. These can be for personal or professional use. LinkedIn is the most famous professional social networking app and Facebook is the world's largest social network application..
Media sharing apps
These social media apps let people share media files (photos, videos and GIFs) on their wall, like posts from others, share it with their friends, and comment on them. Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and Imgur are some of the most popular media-sharing social networks.
Consumer review apps
With this type of app, users share their buying and service experiences with others. G2 Crowd, Yelp and Trustpilot are examples where users can review a company's product or service. Other essential features allow users to like, dislike, or comment on their reviews
Community and discussion forum apps
Apps like Quora and Reddit come under this category, where users can ask questions, answer questions from other users, like, dislike or upvote answers.
Bookmarking and content curation networks
These apps allow users to share their content, discover content from others, and save it for later. Apps like Mix, Flipboard, Steemit, and Pinterest are category leaders.
Blogging and publishing platforms
These social media platforms allow active users to create their own blogs and publish content there. Blogging platforms like Medium.com and Tumblr.com are the most popular in this category.
Must-have basic features for your social network app
Essential for your social network application. User profiling helps people get into your app, logout, and then log in again using their login credentials.
No matter what kind of social network app you’re going to build, you can’t imagine yours without this feature. It lets people create content on your platform. Don’t forget, user-generated content is king.
Post likes, share and comment
Engagement is the key to the success of your social media app. If you want your customers to spend more time and return frequently to your platform, let them engage with content by enabling them to like, share and comment on each other’s posts.
These are considered to be an engagement driver to any app. The in-app notification gives detailed information about other user activities (what they’re liking and sharing and how they feel about your posts).
Your app is incomplete without a smart search bar. Let people using your app find what they need just by hitting a search button.
A chat feature is important if your app aims to be a networking platform. And that’s equally important whether yours is a social networking platform or a professional networking platform.
These are the main engagement drivers that help companies to keep social media users on their platforms. Twitter and Facebook send push notifications of every single action taken on a user's content. This helps them drive people back – and keep them using their apps.
How does Builder.ai work?
You don’t need to start from scratch when you build your social networking app. Pick an app that’s most like your idea (is it more like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter?) we’ll show you the must-have features that app uses (things like Facebook login, shopping cart or push notifications), you add any extra ones your idea needs and remove any it doesn’t.
Then our network of rigorously tested developers will customise these features until they perfectly fit your idea. You choose how fast you want it and where you want your social networking app development team based. And you’ll get a guaranteed price upfront along with your timeline (which we stick to!).
Why build your app with us?
Of course we think you should build with us! But don’t take our word for it, listen to what our happy customers have to say about us.
We won’t just build your app, we’ll add smart features to help make your social app more engaging, you’ll get your app faster and you’ll pay less too. Want to see how your idea will work without committing any time or money? Get a free prototype of your idea in less than 10 minutes. Let us help you bring your social networking idea to life now – before someone else does it.
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