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Publicly Traded Social Networking Companies That Are Alternatives to Facebook

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If Facebook is too pricey for your investment portfolio, there are many other publicly traded social networking stocks to that can be invested in to take part of the social networking dominance of the Internet. This article provides a list of publicly traded social networking stocks and an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) that holds a basket of publicly traded social networking stocks, allowing an investor to gain broad exposure to the social networking stock sector.

Publicly Traded Social Networking Stocks To Play The Facebook IPO


List Of Publicly Traded Social Networking Stocks and ETFs

Publicly traded social networking stocks that are listed on major stock exchanges:

  • Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) - Dominant social networking site on the Internet that sets the standard in social networking
  • Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) - Social networking site built around brief 140 character communications that are known as "tweets"
  • Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) - Social networking app that allows users to send messages and photos that are deleted after opening. Known for providing creative photo enhancements and stories that users can tell.
  • Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) - Dominant Internet search engine with a social networking service called Google+
  • Linkedin Corporation (NYSE: LNKD) - Dominant Internet career networking site for networking with contacts in the business and professional realm
  • Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN) - Operates one of the largest social networking Internet platforms in China
  • SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) - China based Internet search engine that offers social networking services in China
  • Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) - An online gaming company that provides online games via Facebook and other social networking sites
  • MeetMe, Inc. (AMEX: MEET) - Operates a social networking site that is geared towards people looking to meet new people online
  • Mediabistro Inc. (NASDAQ: MBIS) - An Internet media company that provides content, education, and career services to social media, traditional media, and creative professionals through a portfolio of online properties and communities; including, which chronicles developments at Facebook and provides unique Facebook services
  • Vringo, Inc. (AMEX: VRNG) - A development stage company that provides software applications for mobile social networking applications.

Publicly traded social networking stocks that trade on stock quotation systems:

  • Snap Interactive, Inc. (OTCBB: STVI) - An application developer that provides online dating applications for social networking web sites and mobile platforms
  • FriendFinder Networks Inc. (Pink Sheets: FFNTQ) - An Internet and technology company that provides social networking services and web-based video sharing services

Publicly traded Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) that focuses on publicly traded social networking stocks:

  • Global X Social Media Index ETF (SOCL) - An ETF that invests in social media companies throughout the world

Caution Regarding Buying Publicly Traded Social Networking Stocks

It is important to keep in mind that the price of publicly traded social networking stocks are affected by a wide range of stock market forces, from overall stock market sentiment to individual company developments to changes in technology, that may have an impact the value and price of the stocks. These price-impacting market forces may or may not be related to the company's social networking activities. Therefore, buying any of these stocks should only be considered after performing proper financial due diligence on the stock or ETF one is considering investing in. Additionally, proper precautions should be taken, including using stop loss orders and limiting the size of exposure to any one social networking stock to limit the potential for losses due to unexpected outcomes.

Disclaimer: This article was not written by a financial professional or a registered financial advisor. This article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be solicitation or recommendation to purchase any stocks, ETFs, or securities mentioned herein. Please consult a registered financial advisor to ensure you understand the risks and rewards associated with buying and selling stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, and other financial products.

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John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on December 11, 2017:

Man of these social media stocks have done much better than many Wall Street analysts thought they would do.

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John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on March 07, 2017:

Well now Snapchat ($SNAP) has been added to the list. This social networking stock seems rather shaky, with huge losses and slowing user growth. Perhaps the IPO will provide Snapchat much needed exposure to bring it to the next level?

Peter from Australia on January 15, 2016:

I'm only guessing but I would say that most of the 'Internet' based companies are 'way' overpriced and the way the Market is performing at the moment a rather large 'Correction' is looming ?

Here in Australia even the 'Blue Chippers' are being savaged!

John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on January 19, 2014:

Thanks Michele! I'm glad you found this Hub useful. Social networking is definitely one of the best ways to drive traffic to Hubs, especially since the people you share Hubs with sometimes also share your Hubs.

Michele Kelsey from Edmond, Oklahoma on January 17, 2014:

This was a really useful hub! I will most certainly take notes on some of these networks. I use about 7 networks, but I haven't participated in them much. I'm sure I need to focus on that first. It probably doesn't do me much good to advertise my hubs or updates if I only have 3 friends or something! lol. I need to socialize more. That is my weak spot. Even in person, I'm not an overly social person. I need to work on that. Another excellent hub! Thank you for sharing the information! Michele

nakmeister from Lancaster, UK on May 05, 2012:

Good article. I'm not sure whether I'd invest in Facebook even if I could. Think it will soon peak. Depending on its current price, I might invest in Linkedin, that operates in a whole different market, and can't see anyone seriously challenging it. Zynga's a good company too.

FreeStockResearch from USA on April 25, 2012:

Thanks for the answer! For me it was a bit suspicious when Instagram worth 25 million in 2010 was sold for as much as 1 billion dollars.

John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on April 25, 2012:

I think the Instagram purchase by Facebook is a good thing both materially and strategically. It opens up facebook to a hot social networking sector that apparently is used by a lot of young users. It also keeps Facebook moving forward. The big winners in technology over the decades: IBM, Apple, Microsoft, Google, etc. kept their edge by innovating and staying ahead of the curve, which sometimes meant buying out smaller companies that provided them an edge.

The rushed manner in which the Instagram purchase by Facebook was carried out is concerning, as you don't want to see them make mistakes by rushing a deal. However, with the fast evolving social networking sector, perhaps they had to rush it to avoid getting into a bidding war.

FreeStockResearch from USA on April 24, 2012:

What do you think about Instagram purchase by Facebook?

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