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 directly 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. Unfortunately, many of those individuals appear to be social bots rather than actual people, according to this article.
Dual Stack Websites and Apps
A partial list includes: BeBo, BizSugar, Dropbox, Facebook and Facebook Messenger, Google+, Instagram, Kik, LinkedIn, Medium, Netflix, Skype mobile clients, Snapchat, Telegram, WhatsApp Messenger, Wikipedia and YouTube.
It has been proposed that all Social Networking platforms be transformed into IPv6 networks. See Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFC) 5514 IPv6 over Social Networks. A working prototype for Facebook was even implemented, but is no longer available. (Caution: Published on April Fools' Day, 2009!)
A partial list includes: GitHub, Meetup, Pinterest, Reddit, Spotify, Swarm, and wikiHow via Content Delivery Network (CDN) Provider Fastly; Gab.ai, Viber, and Wayfair via CDN Provider Akamai; Flickr via CDN Provider Amazon CloudFront; 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
Beginning in 2016, apps written for Apple iOS 9 (or later) on Apple's App Store Social Networking web page, including Digg, Facebook, Stitcher, Twitter, and WeChat are compatible with IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 networks and also support IPv6-only networking.
Websites listing Social Media Websites and Apps
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