All the major social networks saw a jump in their Irish-based members over the last few months.

According to the IPSOS MRBI Social Networking Quarterly, LinkedIn experienced the most growth, registering a 5% rise in Irish users since the last survey in September.

However, just 18% of its users access the professional social network on a daily basis.

That compares with almost three quarters of the Irish based members of Facebook, whose numbers grew by 4% to 63% over the period.

Twitter also registered an increase in users here, rising to 31% from 28%.

But its daily users fell markedly, from 39% to 35%.

The number of Google+ users rose during the period, but the percentage of Instagram and Pinterest users remained relatively flat.

When it comes to social messaging, WhatsApp saw the largest gains, with the percentage of people with an account here jumping from 37% to 48%.

However, Snapchat continues to have the highest proportion of daily users among all the main messaging apps, with 65% of it Irish based users accessing it each day - down 3%.

Facebook Messenger saw a 3% gain in daily usage, and the percentage of people here with an account rose by 6% to 52%.

Snapchat, Skype and Viber all registered modest gains in user numbers.