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How to Test a Social Media Application?

Android App Testing, iOS App Testing

Tuesday June 4, 2019

Social media apps have literally become the lifeline of the present generation.

Social media apps are now a podium

  • to connect with people,
  • for entertainment purposes,
  • do business,
  • find or offer jobs,
  • get some information and what not.

Apart from its benefits, social media apps could also be very harmful. These apps could lead to high-security breaches if they are not properly validated for their security.

Apart from this improper functioning of these apps in any aspects could affect the business of thousands of people depending upon these apps for their business needs.

Hence Proper Testing of Social Media Application is very important.

Here is a sneak peek into how to test social media apps.

Why is it important to Test Social Media?

How to Test a Social Media Application

According to Statista – “Number of worldwide users is expected to reach some 3.02 billion monthly active social media users by 2021.”

Such a large podium definitely needs to be secure and provide a seamless experience to all its users. Hence it is very important to test these applications for their efficient and effective working.

Types of Social Media Testing

Social media is a bundle of various functionalities. Testing social media apps requires you to have extensive domain expertise, large experience and the correct skill set for it. Testing of Social media application includes:

  • Enterprise Software Testing: Social media applications serve a large number of people and are very robust to test and require a high level of security testing. Hence these applications require some high-end enterprise testing solutions to be tested.
  • Web 2.0 testing: Being a web 2.0 based application, testing of social media application requires early involvement of testers. These applications are also susceptible to frequent changes and hence automatization of the test cases for such applications is preferred.
  • Web-testing including compatibility, functional, Security Testing, Performance Testing and database testing needs to be done for social media apps.
  • SaaS Testing: SaaS is referred to software as a service model. Social media services follow the Saas model and are requires to be validated for proper functioning using SaaS testing.
  • Web Analytics Testing: Social media apps deal with a large amount of data, Web analytics testing helps in collecting of website data and then analyzing and reporting based on your user’s targets.
  • User Acceptance Testing: includes testing social media apps for its attractiveness and user-friendly nature.
  • Content Management testing: Content management testing validate that the content is appropriate for the audience. Social media applications like Facebook are an ocean of content, new content is posted every now and then, and hence, content management testing becomes an on-going task and is very important to avoid any content related issues.
  • SEO testing: SEO is the need for the hour to promote your websites/applications online. Hence SEO testing becomes very important to ensure proper growth and exposure of your social media application.
  • Online Advertisement application testing. Social media applications these days promote businesses using online advertisement. Validating the proper functioning of online advertisements is very important.

Also Read: How To Test a Mobile Application

Social Media Application Testing Life Cycle

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To ensure that your social media testing goes well, follow a proper testing methodology. Here are the steps you can follow to ensure proper testing of your social media apps.

1. Analyze Test Requirements:

First and foremost step if to analyze test requirements. Determine the scope of the testing and the test objectives.

Make a list of what all you need to test, how much time and how many resources you will require for testing.

2. Test Plan Creation:

Test plan creation is the next step towards conducting successful social media application testing.

Test planning is dependent on what does tester’s aim to achieve from the testing.

Hence they should have a clear understanding of what they are supposed to test like are they supposed to carry out only front-end testing or back-end testing or the both.

3. Allocation of Resources for Testing:

As per your analysis in test requirement phase, allocate resources for the testing like the human resources, allocate the time for testing, etc.

Before starting testing your social media mobile app, you should shortlist the testing techniques -Functional and Non-functional.

functional non functional testing

Also make a note of network, operating system, and device platforms for functional testing.

For Non-Functional Testing, techniques select from various testing techniques like Performance Testing, Usability Testing, Adaptability Testing, and Security Testing.

4. Test Case Document:

This is the first step towards actual testing.

Create test cases based on the test plan created by you in the initial phases of testing.

Create a test case document with all the features and functionalities of your social media app.

The test cases should include all the functional test cases along with various other test cases for usability testing, adaptability testing and other test cases like testing the speed of the app, memory usage, battery usage, and data requirements.

5. Defining the alliance of Manual Testing and Automation Testing.

Testing of social media apps includes an amalgamation of both manual and automatic testing. Prepare a separate document for manual testing test cases and automatic testing test scripts.

6. Execution of the Test Case:

The actual testing takes place here, where you will actually execute the test cases created in the previous step. You can execute test cases and scripts in physical devices or using testing tools, or in the cloud.

7. Identifying and Removing the Bugs:

While executing the test cases, all the bugs that are detected have to be reported to the development team, for removing them.

8. Documentation:

Document all the bugs that you have found. This documentation can help you as a reference for future testing.

9. Test Completion:

After bug’s removal, the application has to be retested to check if the bugs are properly removed and to check that the change in code has not affected the present functionalities.

Though there is nothing like test completion, as the application may require to be repeatedly tested whenever there is any code change.

But if in any round of testing, the code is identified as bug-free, the testing is considered to be completed.

Tips for Testing Social Media Applications

Here are a few tips to test your social media application effectively:

  • Testers should be experienced in the design and implementation of Web 2.0 testing
  • Carry out all-inclusive website testing.
  • Autonomous validation is important for social media apps.

Conclusion

Social media applications are witnessing a sudden hike. People are getting dependent on them for their day to day enquires and uses.

Such a wide platform requires to be tested comprehensively so that they possess no threats to their users either at a personal or professional level.

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