11 Best Free Social Networking Sites: How to Chat Online in 2024

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Update March 2021: Free social networking sites have improved since the original publication of this post.

You now have 11 choices for the best free social networking sites in 2021:

  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Triberr
  • Clubhouse
  • MeWe
  • Quora
  • Huddol
  • LinkedIn
  • Reddit
  • TikTok

Update January 2021 You can use Clubhouse as one of your free social networking sites.

Important points about Clubhouse:

You need to be invited to join. Also, you don’t type. If you want to use Clubhouse as one of your free social networking sites, you need to talk. You network in rooms based on topics.

The Clubhouse app is currently only available for iOS users.

Update July 2020: Coronavirus restrictions continue. Use free social networking sites for chatting to avoid isolation.

Since people started sheltering in place, free social sites for chatting help people feel connected.

If we have to be in lockdown, it’s important we have ways to stay connected. The free social networking sites provided in this post provide those ways using social chat sites.

You and I don’t need to feel alone. We can have a social media chat using the places provided in this post.

Social chatting sites are easy to use even for people not tech savvy and are free networking sites.

Using social media for chatting is ideal while you are in sheltering in place.

Before we get started: This post is about networking on free social media sites. If you want to network on your blog, you will need reliable hosting.

Let’s dive in and learn about free social networking sites.

Bloggers routinely use free social networking sites to promote their blog posts. 

Yet, bloggers don’t know where to promote anymore.

They lost their footing, their confidence, since the Facebook and Google+ data breaches of 2018.

What can you do to promote, and boost your brand, traffic, and credibility?

The answer: You can use free social networking sites. 

Access to networking groups is one of the advantages of social media sites.

Use them to network and grow your brand, your social media following, your email list, and maybe even make sales.

How to use them to engage in social media chats is the subject of this post. 

This article focuses on explaining how to use the following chats:

Twitter Chat, Instagram Chat Online, Facebook Chat, and MeWe Chat. Be sure to stay until the end of the post where you discover how to use LinkedIn as one of your free social networking sites.

LinkedIn is a great choice. Aren’t bonus tips fun?

Let’s get started learning about free social networking sites.

What is a Social Networking Site?

A social networking site is a website which people use to build social communities with other people who share similar interests, backgrounds, or offline connections. 

Social networking sites are the same communities as social chatting sites.

The social chat websites described in this post are free for you to use and effective in growing your brand, traffic, and SEO.

At Quora, I read questions from website developers looking to build new free social networking sites. To pursue that idea, they would need the best free site builders.

Advantages of Online Chats

There are many types of social media chats. Before this post reviews the benefits of participating in four online chats at social media sites, you should know an added advantage of online chats is you can get paid for participating in them. [See how to get paid doing online chats.]  

Here you find information about how to make money on four free social networking sites without followers. 


There are many pros of YouTube. One of the advantages is being able to use YouTube as one of the free social networking sites.

You network by commenting on each other’s videos. Networking at YouTube is important since comments show YouTube’s algorithms people are interested in your content.


Twitter Spaces

March 2021 Update:

Following Clubhouse’s lead of conversations held out loud in real-time, Twitter started Spaces. You can now use Twitter Spaces as one of your free social networking sites.

Twitter Spaces are like Clubhouse’s rooms (see below for more information about Clubhouse). They are content-based conversations. 

However, in a recent interview, Social Media Marketing’s Michael Stelzner shared he believes Clubhouse’s conversations are superior to Twitter Space’s conversations due to the sound quality. 

Rumor holds Twitter Spaces conversations may be possible for you to record. However, Clubhouse’s conversations can’t be recorded. 

Twitter Chats (also called “Tweet Chats”)

Update: In his Marketing School podcast, Eric Sui reviewed Twitter as the best of the free social networking sites for leaving Direct Messages.

I asked strategist Gail Gordon how to grow my Twitter following. 

She recommended Twitter chats.

What are Twitter Chats?

A Twitter chat is a public Twitter conversation around one unique hashtag. This hashtag allows you to follow the discussion so you can participate. Twitter chats reoccur at scheduled times and on specific topics to regularly connect people with these interests. 

In the past, the experiences I had attending Twitter chats resulted in my being put on Twitter lists. Therefore, I could see her idea definitely had potential.

The value of Twitter chats:

Twitter chats have many advantages.

First, you can use them to organize the online chat participants into groups. Let’s say you have many Twitter followers from different niches. How will you organize them?

The  Twitter Chat I attended recently centered on how to avoid Blogger Burnout. I could make a list and organize the participants around the common interest of blogging. 

Also, you get put on lists and people follow you knowing you are like-minded. Your Twitter following grows and your blog traffic as well since you’ll promote to your new Twitter followers.

Do Twitter Chats effectively grow your Twitter following?

Here is a screenshot showing the percentage of referral traffic from Twitter before I started attending Twitter chats:

Twitter chats increase blog traffic

What did my Twitter count start as?

Twitter Chats

I just hosted my second Twitter Chat. Now look: Free social networking sites

By looking at the screenshot, you can see that I’ve significantly grown my Twitter following since I started participating in Twitter chats. My Twitter following has grown by 10,000 since my first Twitter Chat.

Twitter chats enable you to build your brand by letting people know about you and, in turn, help you meet like-minded people in your niche.

You can also learn by participating in Twitter chats. During my last chat, the participants recommended blogging tools I had not heard of.

How to Participate in a Tweet Chat

Here is the Twitter chat schedule: https://tweetreports.com/twitter-chat-schedule/ 

How to access a Twitter Chat:

  1. Go to http://tweetchat.com/.
  2. Enter a hashtag. I entered #socialmedia since I was interested in attending a Twitter chat on that topic.
  3. Tweets using the #socialmedia hashtag appeared on the screen. 
  4. I wanted to go to a room having a Twitter chat on social media. I clicked “active rooms”.
  5. I knew there was a #socialmedia chat I was interested in attending since I put the day and time of the chat in my calendar. You might want to consider scheduling the chats you’re interested in on your calendar. I scrolled down to #socialmedia. Your choices are listed alphabetically.
  6. I tweeted a message using the hashtag I discovered, #socialcafe.
  7. After I was welcomed, I wanted to respond with appreciation. Look in the top box where I replied to Deborah. Her Twitter handle, @socialwebcafe, is already in the box so she will get my reply.Twitter Chats

Here is a screenshot showing a different Twitter Chat hosted by Viral Content Buzz, #VCBuzz (now #ViralContentBee):

Twitter Chats give #bloggers exposure and information

How to Grow Your Traffic and Brand by Attending Twitter Chats

Let’s look again at the Twitter screenshot showing my stats.

I have six groups of like-minded people that I can use for influencer outreach or traffic generation. I can share my posts with people on the lists by adding “FYI” and their Twitter handles in my tweets.

By looking at these two images, you can see how hosting Twitter Chats boosts my brand.

The fact that I hosted Twitter Chats twice gives me social proof. My brand’s credibility is enhanced. Putting these graphics in my sidebar or on my About Me page, shows visitors my tips have credibility or I wouldn’t have been asked to host the chats.

The PRBrainbusters blog calls Twitter Chats, “a great vehicle for 2-way online engagement.” Clearly, this strong testimonial proves you should use Twitter as one of your free social networking sites.

How to View Private Twitter Chats

The way to view a private Twitter Chat is to start one.

Free Social Networking Sites.

Click Messages/New Message.

You can start a message with people you follow and who follow you back.

Their names will populate in order of recency. This means the last people you had Direct Messages with will populate first.

Click the names you want to send a group message to. Click Next.

Type your message and click Send.

Note: You can use Twitter as one of your free social networking sites by sending a DM to someone. You can only send a DM if the person follows you on Twitter.


Instagram Chat Online

Update 1 October 2020

Now, when you use Instagram as one of your free social networking sites, you can express yourself with Selfie Stickers. In fact, you can share an animated Selfie Sticker when you want to react with more than an emoji.

Update 2 October 2020

Interested in chatting with other subRedditors?

Reddit now pairs you with people in your subReddit you want to chat with.

Instagram Direct Message Online

Have you ever wished you could send private Instagram comments, comments you don’t want the rest of your Instagram followers to see?

Good news: You can send private Instagram comments not intended for public eyes by sending your comments through Instagram Direct Message. You can participate in Instagram Chats of up to 15 people.

Being able to chat privately and in groups is one of the advantages of using Instagram.

It is possible to participate in Instagram Chats of up to 15 people.

Here’s how:

Start a DM (Direct Message) using the Instagram app.

Click the pencil icon which you will find in the upper right-hand corner. Choose up to 15 people. Name your group. Click Next.

Click the photo icon. If you want to write about the photo, click the microphone icon to record or start typing.


Although Instagram is a photo-sharing site, you do not have to send a photo to your group when you have an Instagram chat. You can merely send a message and have a group conversation about that topic.

Update: September 2020

advantages of Instagram Blogging

I used a poll and gave people two choices when trying to generate interest in my free passive income course.

When people chose “Send Me the Link,” I followed up in the Direct Message.

A percentage of these signed up for my course.

These strategies effectively get people into your marketing funnel.

When you follow up in the DM, two purposes are served:

You boost your visibility at Instagram since the site feels you have a connection with the person. Also, the personal touch makes people more inclined to buy from you.

Update: July 2020

Since publication of this post, I discovered how to start a group chat in a DM. Also, for convenience, you can name the chat to easily find in your DM list.

Here are the steps:

Go to your direct messages.

Click the pencil icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Start clicking on the names of the people you want in your DM Chat group. When done, click Chat.

At the top of the screen, name the group. At the bottom of the screen, type your message.

As you can see, Instagram is definitely one of the best free social networking sites for this reason as well as the others originally mentioned in this post.

UPDATE: April 2020

Instagram DM’s have often been used for Instagram reciprocal groups. For example, people boost Instagram likes, comments, and follows by making requests in Instagram DM’s.

In addition, people try to boost YouTube success by using Instagram DM’s. I know this first-hand since I was recruited for one such group through my Instagram DM.

Note: If you want to use Instagram DM’s for this purpose, make sure your requests are not perceived as spam.

Clearly, marketers use free social networking sites to market social media interests as well as products and services.


Facebook Chat

Are you concerned that information shared in a Facebook Chat will be subject to the same vulnerability that Facebook data shared on Facebook.com is subject to?

According to the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, information shared in a Facebook Chat is as safe as money in a bank vault since Facebook Chats use the private Facebook Messenger app. Zuckerberg assures users Facebook Messenger is encrypted so no one can steal data.

How to Engage in an Online Chat at Facebook

4 free social networking sites

Click the message icon.

4 free social networking sites

Click New Group.

Name your group and search for people to add.

Click Create.

Start typing your message at the bottom of the screen. When you click Send, everyone in the group will see it and can communicate.


February 2021


Triberr.com is one of the social chat sites.

People in your “tribe” can read and comment on your articles. When they do, you get notified, so you can get network at Triberr.

Triberr is a content curation site and a way for you to extend your social media reach as well as a social chat site.


March 2021

After spending more time at Clubhouse, I can recommend it. First, I’ve now been invited, so I am using the site.

Next, everyone is polite. If you need to leave, you just do so without interrupting the speakers. I learn a great deal. Clubhouse makes room recommendations that are personalized to my interests.

January 2021

A new social media site, Clubhouse, began. Clubhouse is for iOS users. The social media app is different than other social media sites. 

When people network on Clubhouse, they talk out loud as opposed to in writing.

You need to be invited to join Clubhouse. Since I haven’t yet been invited, this information is second-hand.

Clubhouse has rooms based on topics. You can even have an Ask Me Anything room.

Since I haven’t used Clubhouse directly, from what I’ve heard, you can use Clubhouse as one of your free social networking sites provided you get an invitation..

November 2020 Update 1


The U.S. Presidential Election occurred November 3. As a result, Facebook is shutting down groups which are looking for another online home.

As a result of Facebook’s actions, groups are flocking to MeWe. A MeWe review is included in this post.

November Update 2

“Chatting” is actually predicted to be a 2021 marketing trend. However, this networking activity is not expected to only occur on free social networking sites.

In fact, Live Chat and chat apps are increasing in popularity and expected to take off in 2021.

July 2020

A new social media trend involves marketers sending spam messages to people’s Facebook Messenger.

After polling Instagrammers, I found people consider this annoying.

May 2020

Facebook started Messenger Rooms. This allows up to 49 people to have a video chat.

Speculation: In response to the popularity of Zoom, Facebook also now has a way for people to video chat during the Coronavirus Shelter-in-Place.

WhatsApp offers this capability for groups to chat as well.

For more information about Facebook’s response to the Coronavirus, see this Mostly Guest Blogging Post about the advantages of using Facebook.

MeWe Chat

I published a positive MeWe review several months ago. Since publication, I learned more about this new social media site.

For example, engaging in a MeWe Chat seems to be a popular activity at MeWe.

Free social networking sites

As you can see, as soon as you log into MeWe, you’ll see group members requesting to chat with you.

Just click on the number to engage in a MeWe chat.

There are two ways to engage in a MeWe chat. You can have chats with one person or groups of people.

If you want to start your own chat, click New Chat.

Then, pick a group or an individual from the list that populates.

Type your message. Press Enter to send.

Update: Bonus Tip 1

The Ringr App

This app functions like Skype on your phone. Ringr is free and is available for both the iPhone and Android.

Ringr is simple to use.

Download the app. Invite someone to a conversation using their email.

I was interviewed using the Ringr app. I heard the interview questions through headphones and responded by talking into my phone.

Update: Bonus Tip 2


On other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, people communicate. They leave comments for each other.

We leave comments for each other on Quora which also makes it one of the free social networking sites.

People comment about my answers, for instance, and I comment back. My friend Dennis Chikwayi and I often communicate about the WebTalk social media site.

Do you see the number on my gravatar?

That number indicates I have a message.

It’s true! You can privately chat at Quora!

free chat lines

Click the number next to Messages to read your messages.

[Read: How to Be a Better Blogger with Quora]

Since you can network on Quora with other Quorans, you can use Quora as one of your free social networking sites.

Update: Bonus Tip 3


Have you heard of Huddol?

Huddol is a new social networking site for people seeking personal growth that you can also use as a social chat site.

There are all sorts of groups at Huddol where you can talk publicly and privately.

The groups vary in topic area. For example, you can chat about loneliness, anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, and even business.

In April of 2020, Huddol brought 40 professionals on staff.

Update: More Free Social Networking Sites for Chatting


This section shares how to use professional networking sites like LinkedIn as one of your free social networking sites.

July 2020


You can also use LinkedIn as one of your free social networking sites. I network with people in the Direct Message section consistently.


Free chat lines

This screenshot shows the LinkedIn toolbar. Do you see the word Messaging? I have 2 messages waiting for me.

free social networking sites LinkedIn

At the bottom of the screen is the messaging area. Click the pencil to start a new message. Click the Plus Signs + to add people to your group. When you start typing their name, their name come up. Then, just click. At the bottom of the screen is where you type your message to your group.

Clearly, LinkedIn is a great choice as one of your free social networking sites.


The social media site and information hub Reddit is also an option if you need free social networking sites.

There are various ways to use Reddit as one of your free social networking sites.

For instance, if you see content that interests you on your personalized Reddit homepage, click the title which is a clickable link.

You will see a comment box. Type your comment and click Save. These public comments can be seen by anyone reading the thread.

You can also have one-on-one chats. These are private and can only be seen by you and the Redditor you are Direct Messaging with.

18+ Free Social Networking Sites

If you are looking for free social networking sites with mature content, both Reddit and Facebook have 18+ social networking opportunites.

For instance, Reddit has NSFW (Not Safe For Work) subreddits, and Facebook has 18+ groups.

How to find 18+ groups:

Go to Reddit and Facebook and type into the search bar what you are looking for.

For instance, at Reddit, type NSFW, and you can follow the NSFW content by using this link. At Facebook, type 18+ groups into the search bar to find groups with NSFW content.

Free Social Networking Sites: FAQ

What is not a social networking site?

Social networking sites give you the ability to network with other users and share content you comment on. Therefore, any site where you can’t network regularly is not a social networking site.

What is the most popular social media?

The most popular social media is Facebook with 3 billion users.

Wrapping Up: Free Social Networking Sites

This post covered four free social networking sites: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and MeWe.

As can be seen, there are many advantages to networking at these free social networking sites.

Your exposure grows as more people learn about your content. Since your reach grows, your potential for traffic generation and sales grow. Finally, your credibility grows as more people learn about your brand.

The best part: These sites are free to use and the information you share in the chats is secure since communication is made through private messaging.

Readers, please share so other bloggers and social media users discover how to network at these free social networking sites.

I look forward to your views in the comment section. Did I miss any? What free social networking sites do you use?

Related Reading

If you are interested in free social networking sites, you might be interested in free social bookmarking sites:

These 6 Free Social Bookmarking Sites Will Make You a Better Blogger

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  1. Jo (A Rose Tinted World)

    Some great tips here. I only just found out in a twitter chat, if the comment is being directed at you, your name is first. Otherwise it can be SO confusing!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jo,
      I don’t deny Twitter Chats can be confusing. When I hosted the first time, I entered the “room” and everything was clear. When I hosted the second time, I was told not to worry about the room, that people participated “natively,” and then I found participating in the Twitter Chat confusing but doable. Thanks for writing.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Roy,
      Based on these comments, it seems many people haven’t heard of Twitter Chats. Thanks for writing to let me know I exposed you to something new in the world of social media.

  2. jatin

    Thank you for sharing the article with us, already i am using a twitter but, i dint know twitter is also use as a chatting, but now i know and i will us these tricks defiantly. jatin

    • Janice Wald

      Yes! I have to wonder how many people know about Twitter chats. I’m glad my post could let people know about them. Thanks for writing.

  3. DMX loyal

    I am really suprised and ignorant that twitter has chat until i actually checked, you are really a genius.
    Thanks for this wonderful article

    • Janice Wald

      A genius! Wow! Thank you so much!
      Don’t call yourself “ignorant.” Many people didn’t know about Twitter Chats. That’s why I wrote the article. I’m glad I taught you about something new.
      Thanks for commenting.

  4. Antonia Koh

    Since 2000 I used to Skype to my business and personal communication. but There are lots of apps in free social networking sites. Recently I use Instagram Chat Online. It is very simple for me to connect my fans and partner. I highly suggest this is a nice blog to know about technology and digital blogging tricks.

    • Janice Wald

      Is Instagram Chat Online an app? I never heard of it. What is it for? Thanks for commenting.

  5. Lola

    We can really chat on twitter….really unbelievable until I saw this… Kudos boss

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lola,
      It’s always my pleasure to help. Did you read the other comments? Apparently, many people didn’t know about Twitter Chats. I’m happy I can expose bloggers to new strategies. Thanks for commenting.

    • Oluwatuyi Olawale

      waoh…great article…I can’t believe that twitter has chat…you really open my eyes..keep it up

      • Janice Wald

        Hi Oluwatuyi,
        My pleasure! That seems to be the most surprising point of my article about free social networking sites based on the number of comments that indicated this reaction.
        Thanks for writing to tell me you enjoyed.

  6. Britt

    You’ve got some great advice, I LOVE Twitter chats. The only warning I would make to people is if you are looking at starting a group message on a platform like Instagram, don’t just cold add a bunch of people and hope for great results. Often people see that as spammy and it may even drive them to unfollow you or block you. Instead, take the time to connect with them a little first – comment on a couple posts, like their content, etc to show you’re not solely connecting with them for your gain

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Britt,
      Thank you for your compliments on my article.
      I agree with your warning about social networking in a DM on Instagram. People have done that to me– tried to sell me something or sell me on something. I resented it and did feel it was spammy.
      Thanks for your contributing to our discussion.

  7. chandrabhan saini

    free best social media marketing post is very nice. its very use full

  8. neel

    These are literally very helpful tips. I am impressed.
    I’m definitely gonna use these strategies to increase the social presence of my website. Thanks

  9. Cheyenne

    I’m surprised there is no mention of sites like Mastodon(joinmastodon.org), Diaspora(diasporafoundation.org) and GNU social(gnusocial.network).

  10. Linda jenzi

    I’m surprised there is no mention of sites like Mastodon(gearramp.com)

  11. anam manzoor

    I have been trying to find the right app builder for an idea I have. It would be places that the user could update with pictures, rating, comments.

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