Department of Defense
High Performance Computing Modernization Program

Social media technologies allow individuals to create and share information using public websites and also to create and exchange information using private websites or mobile apps. Several social media websites are available via Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), either natively or using one of the services or products described in the Content and Applications Delivery over IPv6 article in the FAQ section that provides dual stack (IPv6 as well as legacy IPv4) access to IPv4-only websites. Several social media apps can communicate using either IPv6 or IPv4.

Native Dual Stack Websites and Apps

A partial list includes: Dropbox, Facebook and Facebook Messenger, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, Kik, LinkedIn, Netflix, Skype (although only in China), Snapchat, Telegram, WhatsApp Messenger and YouTube.

In 2009 there was a proposal to transform all Social Networking platforms into IPv6 networks. See Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFC) 5514 IPv6 over Social Networks. Although it was not widely implemented, a working prototype for Facebook is available here.

Websites and Apps Available via a service or product described in the Content and Applications Delivery over IPv6 article in the FAQ section

A partial list includes: GitHub, Meetup, Pinterest, Reddit, Spotify, and Swarm via Content Delivery Network (CDN) Provider Fastly; Gab.ai, Viber, and Wayfair via CDN Provider Akamai; and Byte.co (successor to the Vine app), MySpace, StumbleUpon and Tumblr via CDN Provider Google Cloud CDN.

Mobile Apps on Apple's App Store

Apps written for Apple iOS 9 (or later) on Apple's App Store Social Networking web page, including Digg, Stitcher, Twitter, and WeChat. Such apps must be compatible with IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 networks and also must support IPv6-only networking.

Websites listing Social Media Websites and Apps

Ipv6.watch lists social media websites and apps that are (or are not) available via IPv6.


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