6 social networks to watch in 2014

An Instagram competitor and a Snapchat rival are working their way up the ranks, as well as a site for sports lovers.

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With the holiday season in full swing and 2013 winding to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on the year in social media and look ahead to what might be the next big thing in 2014.

While Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest reign supreme, there are some new unique and niched social networks poised to make a big splash. Here are six social networks I’ll keep an eye on in 2014:

1. Medium

If a viral blog post comes across your Twitter stream, it’s likely someone published it on Medium. The brainchild of Evan Williams, Twitter’s co-founder, Medium is a long-form blogging platform powered by an algorithm that helps identify the best posts on the site.

Now open to public submissions, the best minds in tech, design and culture write for Medium. If you have a bright idea or story to share, consider publishing it on Medium.

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