First MySpace, now Bebo and Bing: Twitter is overtaking the big players in the UK

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On Tuesday we carried the news that Twitter’s site traffic (for all that number means) had overtaken MySpace’s. No great surprises there, we said. But that’s not the only site Twitter is trouncing, according to Hitwise director Robin Goad.

Twitter is also beating Bebo and Microsoft’s Bing, when you take into account estimated traffic from third-party clients like TweetDeck. Twitter is the 17th most-visited site in the UK and the second-most popular social network after Facebook, if you take third-party traffic into account.

We’ve known for some time that Twitter’s penetration in the UK is streets ahead of the US (at least since founder Ev Williams told us London was “the capital of Twitter”), but seeing the raw numbers still comes as a surprise given how young Twitter is. According to Goad, the UK is “often one of the first to adopt”, suggesting that we could see similar patterns in the US before too long.

If Goad’s estimate is anywhere near correct, Twitter is now more popular than the BBC’s iPlayer and Google Maps too.

  • http://www.darkstarline.com william

    Should we all jump up and down and cheer for the newly cronwed kings of content share cropping?

    Should we be happy that once again a company that fills its pocketes on the backs of members created content will soon be acquired for billions of dollars; and will more than likley never share a dime of this with the content contributors that have given them their true value ?

    Should we all jump up and down and cheer for the newly crowned kings of content share cropping?

    Should we be happy that once again a company that fills its pockets on the backs of members created content will soon be acquired for billions of dollars; and will more than likley never share a dime of this with the content contributors that have given them their true value ?

    Maybe one day instead of cheerleading and posting such easy and obvious information we will demand that journalist do some elementary analysys rather than just spitting out numbers and play fan to the latest craze of the day.

    • http://healthandenvironmentblog.wordpress.com/ Paul Whaley

      I think you might be putting it a little strongly, here – Twitter isn’t so much making money off the backs of content creators, as much as creating a platform which allows people to connect with each other, and then making money off that.

      I’m pleased Twitter is providing this service – I find it quite useful. In order to connect with people (which I also, in theory, make money out of) I have to provide information, so it really isn’t fair to describe the essence of networking as sharecropping.

      And the fact is that all the information on Twitter is publicly available for use in all sorts of ways, so if I was smart enough I could use Twitter’s content creation for other purposes – and monetise that, too. That wouldn’t make me an information sharecropper – and since Twitter is doing the same thing, I don’t think it’s sharecropping either.

      p.s. follow me on Twitter: @sixteenvoices :)

  • http://www.darkstarline.com william

    Should we all jump up and down and cheer for the newly crowned kings of content share cropping?

    Should we be happy that once again a company that fills its pockets on the backs of members created content will soon be acquired for billions of dollars; and will more than likley never share a dime of this with the content contributors that have given them their true value ?

    Maybe one day instead of cheerleading and posting such easy and obvious information we will demand that journalist do some elementary analysys rather than just spitting out numbers and play fan to the latest craze of the day.

  • http://twitter.com/davidakhoa David

    Beating out MySpace is obvious. I have a Bebo but I rarely use it and I don’t even use Bing at all. All of those sites I’m not really surprise that Twitter beat it out.

    I would love to see it beat out Facebook (it’s possible). When it says “Traffic on Twitter beats out Google search”. That’s gonna be IMPRESSIVE. haha!

    twitter.com/davidakhoa

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