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We can’t imagine our lives without online communication. Years ago, we would wait for weeks to get a letter in the mailbox. Today, however, we don’t even start our mornings until we’ve checked the news feeds on Facebook and Instagram and read messages on Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and LinkedIn.
We use Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and other messengers because we want to communicate. But what about other applications? Many solutions out there have social features. Medium is a social publishing platform; SoundCloud is a social audio platform.

Sometimes, it’s hard to say whether an application with social features such as profiles, following, connections, sharing, and feeds is a social network. So what can be considered a social network? Is Medium a social network? Or Reddit? Or SoundCloud? To understand how to develop a social networking site, let’s first consider a social network definition.

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